• Whimsical And Fanciful Handmade Clothing For Kids

    Five designers who use vintage fabrics and patterns to craft homespun treasures for little ones.

    By Sarah Torretta Klock

    For those of you who mine flea markets and thrift stores for unique vintage fabrics, don’t miss out on these handmade treasures for your little ones. The following designers are creating gorgeous, fresh, and timeless frocks that you’ll hand down, and down, and down.

    Carol Schneider Designs

    Carol Schneider’s dresses are sweet and simple. She carefully culls her fabrics from subtle, retro tablecloths and curtains infused with striking, vintage florals. I love this funny ostrich and tiger dress, looking as though it was pulled from a 1950s Golden Book illustration. 100% upcycled and designed to grow with your girl through the years: from dress to smock to top.

    $65, carolschneiderdesigns.com


    Wild Things

    Swoon with me over this little cloud dress. Kirsty Hartley, maker of the sweetest retro girl’s dresses, is taking her nostalgic flair for funky and making boys’ clothing too. Moms of little dapper dudes, rejoice! You’ll find patterned bliss in boys’ button-downs.

    $60, etsy.com/shop/wildthingsdresses


    The Measure

    Intricate patchwork, wistful eyelet lace trim, satin ribbon, soft ruffles: Kiki Fluhr’s creations are beyond beautiful. All upcycled from repurposed clothing, each piece is its own unique treasure that you wouldn’t come across just anywhere. This organic denim Blue Ridge skirt, for one, will put your little darling in a league of her own.

    $54, themeasuredesigns.com



    Handmade vintage fabrics from the Netherlands. What’s not to love? Mirjam Bos’s designs are colorful, folksy, and purely delightful. Check out this delicious embroidered girl’s apron for a touch of whimsy that will have you craving apple pie all week long.

    $38, kinchi.nl



    The Trendy Tot

    You won’t find anything quite like Jen Dimler’s clothing anywhere else. Unique, spirited, strikingly one-of-a-kind gorgeous. Just like designer Dimler says, these are happy clothes for little ones. You can’t look at this green corduroy skirt with bird pockets and not smile.

    $34, thetrendytot.com




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