John Deere Tractor Dress/ Simplicity 1793

John Deere Tractor Dress/ Simplicity 1793

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all! I wanted to share a pattern review, then I’m off to start pies and things for tomorrow! (The kind you take out of the box & put in the oven.)

This is the pattern I used…

For Simplicity 1793, I started off with John Deere licensed fabric, and added some sunny yellow polka dots. This combination is perfect for girly tomboys! You know the ones…the girls who wear a tiara and tutu while they dig for worms..

I shortened the hem of the dress (view B) and omitted the lower skirt band. Now it’s a sweet little top for Zoe.

This kid is so easy to photograph! I just followed her around snapping pictures.

I didn’t have any trouble with this pattern. The instructions were clear and precise.

I’m kind of craving an apple now….

Oops! Back to the pattern review…

I didn’t realize this pattern had a side zip. I don’t like zippers in little kids clothes. They like to dress themselves. You can tell Evan dressed himself. (My nephew, below.)

The back has two buttonholes that you pull the straps through, then tie a bow. So you should interface the straps so they don’t get all wrinkly and gross. I’m also not a fan of children’s clothing that you have to iron.

I won’t use the “pull a strap through a buttonhole” method anymore- it bugs me. I just don’t like the look.

Isn’t she a doll? Thank you for modeling Zoe! You see Evan on the right? He has decided he’s ready for his cousin to stop taking pictures and come play on the playground with him. He’s been very patient!

Summary: Very cute little outfit, but this is a pattern I will modify like crazy if I use it again.

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Amy

    I wasn’t a fan when I first started making them…my sis n law kept wanting me to make them. I guess they’re all the rage! Now they’ve grown on me and i make them all the time. I love them for fall when it’s too chilly for dresses. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Lindi Schneck

    OMG! Those pants remind me of a pair of bell bottoms I made in 11th grade…(we just had our 40th reunion the other week)!!! I think I used 2 yards (1 yd per leg) for the bell part. It was paisley fabric. Go figure, I try to steer clear of that fabric design today. The outfit is so cute!

  3. Mandipidy

    So cute!! Visiting from Flamingo Toes! :)


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