Minnie Mouse toddler Smock + Other Projects


It is Selfish Sewing Week but I’m been busy making things for others. Lately I been feeling very unsettle. Changing my sewing plans often, leaving projects unfinished and slightly losing my sew-jo. When I feel like this I find that sewing for others satisfy my desire to be creative without the pressure of being uber productive. Perfect timing to join the Slow Fashion october. Are you taking part of any community challenge this month?

Before I dive in the minnie mouse costume in detail; let me share the small version Lucent Visor I made for my Mom-in-Law. I really love this pattern. I been wearing everywhere and friends & family been cajoling me to make them one. lucentvisorpatternfantastique11

I prefer the medium size personally but Ro is delighted with the result for the small. I get her to model one of these days.


Fabrics used: Liberty fabric with shells design for the lining and polkadot main fabric. Contrasting ready-made bias. All from my stash. v10lucentvisorpatternfantastique

As my beautiful goddaughter is having her first trip to Disney I wanted to make her a halloween inspired costume as Minnie Mouse.


Pattern: Lisa Lam “dance with me” smock. I interviewed Lisa a while ago when she launched her kids patterns collection. The romper/sundress was the first pattern I sewn.

Fabric: 100% cotton

Modifications as follow:

  • Ignored the placket and created a mock collar.  My mom feels a real collar would enrich the design. Maybe she is right but it was done and I wasn’t going to unpick the decorative stitching.


  • Finished all hems with a Brazilian trim and Grandma’s Ruby red ribbon. Hrh’s grandma passed away early in the year and the family decided that I should inherent her crafting stash which was mainly ribbons. There is something precious in adding pieces of history in clothing. I sewn a tiny elastic on the sleeve hem to create the “puffiness” effect.


  • Heart buttons on the back & minnie mouse appliqué completed the look.


All the finishing was made on the overlooker/serger.


About the ears. I recycled a toddler “shawn the sheep” ears from a mini easter egg. I never trow away anything just in case. It was actually really easy to make and I got some progress photos for you.

First I cut the excess sheep hair and covered the rest with black felt.I didn’t want to damage the plush fabric covering the alice band.


Than I  folded in half the long sheep ears securing the ends making a perfect base for the mouse ears. I cut 4 circles in felt to sandwich the base. In case you a wondering blanket stitch was used to sew around the ears.


Repeated the process on the other side. Completing the look with a big red bow.

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I am currently making my mom a maxi dress using the same pattern as this one.  Are you currently sewing for yourself or for someone else?

  • Judy Roberson

    Rachel, this is adorable.. It is so fun, to sew for little ones, isnt it? Happy sewing.

    • Thank you Judy. I was thinking of you lately. How are the grandchildren?

  • That dress is just the cutest! “Stinkin’ cute” as one of my friends often says 🙂

  • sewingbeefabric

    Oooh I love this! So cute. Love the matching head band too.

  • Stop it! That is just way too cute!!! My daughter is obsessed with minnie mouse. Maybe it is time I made her a costume.