Fall Sewing: Muttonchop Dress

Fall is just around the corner and that means shifting into fall sewing mode.  I love rich colors, textures, and shorter hemlines for fall.  That peek of knee above knee socks is one of my favorite looks for little girls.

I gather a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and thought I’d share some of my favorite looks with you and show you how to get a similar look with Duchess and Hare Patterns.


This dress from Caramel is everything I love about fall clothing.  You can get a similar look from Muttonchop Dress.  Kaufman’s Velveteen in Celestial is a perfect match for the left dress and Kaufman’s 21 wale corduroy in Ginger for the right side.  Both fabrics are thicker and suitable for fall clothing.  Omit the ruffles if using a heavier fabric.

Here is the short sleeve version in a spring fabric.  I love the versatility of this pattern.


Here’s a long sleeve version sewed up by my tester Helen McGirr.  Styled with knee socks and mary janes, it’s a perfect fall dress.


Sbrathen posted this cute photo on instagram.  I love the blue and gold together.

Pinafores are perfect for school and are delightfully vintage.  Your ginger colored muttonchop can pull double duty with a chambray Pretty Pinnie over the top!  The Kaufman Light Indigo is seasonless favorite of mine.  Pretty Pinnie’s bodice is perfect for back to school embroidery.  You could include a monogram, an apple, or whatever suits your style.  To get the look above, don’t add ruffles or side panels.  Keep it plain and simple.


This Old navy look can be achieved by eliminating the collar on Muttonchop and adding a bias binding to enclose the edges.  The Kaufman Sevenberry Classic Plaids in Tan is a dead ringer for the fabric in photo.  Use the sleeve from Pocketful of Sunshine for an almost duplicate look.

Don’t forget that Muttonchop is also a lovely blouse all on it’s own.  I love it in a floral lawn for the fall.  It’s perfect paired with skinny jeans or with a skirt.

Duchess and Hare project Run and Play Springtime in Britain
Here is a look I sewed up for Project Run and Play last spring.  I paired Muttonchop Top with a velveteen skirt and shawl for a cold weather look.  This is the Kaufman Velveteen in Celestial and the Kaufman London Calling Lawn.  I love this look, but my daughter prefers something a bit less fussy.


Perfect with skinny jeans!
It’s also cute over the Free at Last shorts paired with tights.   I’ve had this look from Dundelina pinned for quite a while.  I already have some Kaufman Herringbone Flannel in Grey in my stash.  I’m sure I could find a nice cream floral to pair with it.  Make the short sleeve top and pair it with these cute knee socks from Children’s Place.
Now I need to gather my supplies and start sewing!  Come join us in the facebook group and show us what you plan to make with Muttonchop!


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