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Date: 11/16/11 11:24 AM

We received a "wardrobe" gift from a friend, clothing brand is Tea Collection. See examples here. We LOVE the quality of the clothes - beefy jersey fabrics, adorable styles, colorfast. My 1.5-year-old twins actually look quite sophisticated!

Is there an indie designer (or even Big 4) pattern for similar girl wardrobes? I checked Oliver+s, but I think those are meant for wovens. Also, do you have a favorite place to buy nice quality knits that aren't duckie-bunny flavored?

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Date: 11/16/11 12:10 PM

You could try Ottobre magazines -- they have similar styles, I think. You can also buy fabric from them through their Etsy store.

As for expensive, I see those wardrobes at $125 - $150 for 5 and 6 piece sets. You could easily spend that much on fabric, notions, and patterns so I'm not sure you'll necessarily save money.

But they are pretty and it looks like it would be fun to make wardrobes like theirs.

Hmmm. Maybe I'll so a SWAP for DD. Never really thought about it for the kids, but it might be a good idea.

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Date: 11/16/11 12:37 PM

Had no idea Ottobre had an Etsy store - thanks for the tip!

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Date: 11/16/11 6:39 PM

Cute! And at around $25/piece, the pricing does seem fairly reasonable, particularly if you can hand them down.

As for fabrics, I'd look for knits you'd use in adult clothing (NOT the "ducky and bunny" shops), which I think accounts for the sophisticated look and quality you appreciate.

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Date: 11/16/11 7:24 PM

Oliver+S does have some knit patterns. Ottobre as already mentioned. Farbenmix patterns.

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Date: 11/16/11 9:00 PM

So what you're telling me is to buy it for my *oldest* girl and then hand it down to her 2 little sisters and then down to their younger cousin? LOL. Oldest girl will love that plan!

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Date: 11/16/11 9:15 PM

Never heard of Farbenmix - will check them out, thanks!

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Date: 11/17/11 11:25 AM

Sewbaby.com has very attractive children's knits, some of the bunny-variety and many others that are more sophisticated.

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Date: 11/17/11 1:11 PM

Thanks, Claudia!

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Date: 11/17/11 1:21 PM

Some of those tunics look like Jalie's. My 21 month old granddaughter fits into the Jalie size 2. And the great thing about Jalie is that one pattern can fit from size 2t to women's 22.

Girl Charlee has some really nice knit prints.
Girl Charlee Not too juvenile. For the tops that have the Missoni look- Gorgeous Fabrics has some knits that would work well.
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