Hot! My Daughter, Mary Poppins

Mp-collageWhile this dress may not be part of my wardrobe, it was home sewn with love nonetheless. My daughter is very aware of my sewing. In fact, whenever I get the mail she asks if I got a pattern (that's probably a bit concerning). And since Penelope knows I make my own dresses, she has no problem giving me orders for her own wardrobe. 

The request in question was a "Mary Poppins dress." THE WHITE ONE. Penelope was very clear about that. I didn't have an exact pattern to go by so I just used the pioneer version from Simplicity 3725. I bought this pattern in size 3/4/5/6 when my daughter was still an infant and assumed it would be forever before she be wearing something created from it. Time certainly flies. 

I adapted the pattern by shortening the hem, layering lace and muslin and adding the ruffled bodice. And, of course, the red bows. The hat was made from an old straw hat I had laying around the house and leftover fabric from the dress.

As Penelope says, this dress is "supafra-uh-docious!"


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. So adorable! I loved the way it turned out!

  2. That is so cute, and instantly recognizable. It’s very neat how you took a grown-up dress and translated it into this adorable little girls dress.

  3. She’s so cute! Really nice job capturing the look of the character!

  4. aaah that’s adorable! Totally in love with her shoes…why don’t they make those in grown up sizes!

  5. That story is adorable and so is your daughter! I would have loved that myself at her age (and probably far too many years after).

  6. Such a beautiful story and precious little girl!!

  7. Great job, this is really fun! I used to love Mary Poppins when I was little

  8. this is wonderful!! so cute!! I love the hat…makes the outfit! Well done mom!

  9. Adorable! I just watched Mary Poppins in the theatre and would you believe it? She doesn’t wear the white dress!! I was so heartbroken! Great job.

  10. She is the cutest! Great job making an authentic-looking Mary Poppins outfit! And hoe fun for your daughter.
    I am going to see the Theater production of Mary Poppins, and I’m making myself a Poppins-inspired outfit to wear to the show (and I’m an adult)!

  11. So cute! That’s my favorite Mary Poppins dress too :) She has good taste!

  12. Oh how sweet! Your daughter and the dress!

  13. She looks like a little lady! How was it, sewing such a small outfit? I’m curious if it was harder or easier than sewing for yourself?

  14. She looks so cute! And I just died when I read her name. Penelope? Could it get any cuter? Never mind that I am quite quite jealous of her dress.

  15. Cutest pictures ever, and way to be an awesome mom, she must LOVE that dress!

  16. SO CUTE! I love it!!

  17. So cute. Now you need to make Micah a chimney sweep outfit and I’ll teach him the bad cockney accent.

  18. So Completely Adorable!!

  19. One of my favorite movies, and the dress is so spot-on! The addition of the hat is just icing on the cake. Love it!