Baby-Doll Circle Top


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If you’re here from Project Run & Play, Welcome! Read below for project details and inspiration. If not, please head over to Project Run and Play and vote for me! At least if you like the look I made for Penelope.


Our challenge this first week was to create our own version of Dana’s Circle Skirt tutorial. I knew I wanted to go a little outside the box for this one, so I decided to incorporate the circle motif into a flouncy top. I also wanted this look to be girly, but comfortable for play. It’s both of those things, Penelope had so much fun running around in this little outfit! See below for all of the little details.


My cousin-in-law gave me her old burgundy cardigan originally as an option for refashioning my wool coat way back when. I didn’t end up using it for the refashion, but the color worked so perfectly with penelope’s top I decided to refashion to Penelope’s size. I added mis-matched buttons and created an asymmetrical button front. It sure is cute all buttoned up.


I drafted the bodice from a newborn onesie pattern (adjusting the size to fit Penelope was a tad tricky), so it would be easy for her to pull over her Esplin head without buttons or zips. I used a patterned sweater knit for the dress and left the edges raw, but reinforced the raw edges (neckline and hem) with double needles. I added grey chambray details to the waist and sleeves. I like that they’re almost all on the same line so it reads as one long grey stripe across Penelope. The bow was a little sweet detail that I just couldn’t resist. How adorable are little girls with bows?

The back has adjustable ties, and with the sizing of this top it will grow as Penelope does.


I drafted from a pair of her old leggings (using this method) using an interlocking knit in pink. The pink leggings with the teal top was much to sweet for my taste, so I dyed the leggings orange. I LOVE this color. It’ll be perfect for any season. I considered for a moment to do an ombre, but ultimately I thought that I would, perhaps, be piling on too much. One thing I’ve learned from the real Project Runway was edit, edit, edit.

This outfit was paired with her little grey booties from H&M that have little bows on the sides. How perfectly coordinated is she? We had a lot of fun modeling this outfit.

I do hope you’ll head over to Project Run and Play and vote for my entry!!

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  1. Melissa says:

    This is so cute – I love the color combinations you used.

  2. Allie says:

    Where can I find the fabric you used for the top? Adorable! Sweet but sophisticated design and styling.

  3. Janae Wise says:

    Melissa: You got my vote, I just voted for ya! Penelope is such a fantastic model. Looks like she’s got a lot of spunk. Just like her mama, huh?

  4. great minds think alike :) the circle skirt makes a great top – – and I just love that coat!

  5. Chelise says:

    I love your choice and mix of colors!

  6. Heidi says:

    Penelope gets cuter every day! It looks like she loves her outfit.

  7. phil says:

    fashion is nothing without a good model …

  8. Melissa says:

    Ok, you are ridiculously talented and original. I wish I was half as stylish an adult as Penelope is a kid!

  9. Jessica says:

    Melissa, that’s so funny, I’m constantly thinking of things they say on the real PR. Especially the editing stuff. I really love your outfit, and especially the way the top is like a onesie- I hadn’t noticed that before. I also love the color of the tights, and that gray chambray looks good enough to eat.

  10. kiki comin says:

    so fun, melissa. i love the original color combo..i am all over those! you are amazing.:)

  11. jennifer says:

    the colors are so terrific, melissa, and i really love the little details. xoxo

  12. Rachel says:

    super sweet :D

  13. kristin says:

    I really love what you did with this challenge – a great remix, and also looks so comfortable and wearable. Penelope is a total rock star. :)

  14. Nicole says:

    Voted for you! Good luck, Very beautiful.

  15. Lucinda says:

    I love it and made sure to vote! Good luck!

  16. Sam says:

    Just found you through Project Run and Play. I love how you were able to use a cozy fabric and still get a tailored look. I just may have to vote for you! Like Allie I’m wondering where you found your fabric for the top.

  17. Melissa says:

    @SAM –

    I found the fabric at, but it was a while ago. I think they have since sold out of that particular pattern. They do have pretty good phone customer service, I’m sure if you called them and mentioned this post, they might be able to find it for you if they have it in stock. I just can’t remember the name of it for the life of me!

  18. Stef says:

    Penelope looks so happy and cute – and right out of the pages of Crewcuts. You’re right – the bow details are the perfect touch. Great job, Melissa!

  19. LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I want to make one STAT! MOre reasons why I should get off my hiney and start sewing my kids clothes!!! ;)

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