I get excited about things very easily, so when my friend Mary said her granddaughter was coming into town I had a bought of inspiration. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at clothing for a while and just around the same time as I found out Lily was visiting I came across the Perfect Pattern™ for such an occasion! I was rifling through posts at The Cottage Home blog and lo-and-behold there it was. I got to work almost immediately. (The following morning counts right?) And in a couple short days (spits and spats where time permitted), I had a completed Party Dress!
Sadly, the lighting was terrible for progress shots — and I’m awful at taking a moment when in sewing mode to step back and snap a frame. Since it all came together so fast (fast enough that I’ll be able to get it to her before they travel back their long journey home), I’m not too upset about that.
The pattern itself is brilliantly simple and there are so many options for play! I had so much fun choosing the colors and prints (yes, there’s another one to be made) that I almost didn’t make it out of the store.
For Lily, a self-proclaimed “girlie girl” (4 years old and knows darn well who she is and proud of it), there had to be pink. Most assuredly! The texture of the suiting was wonderful, but a bit of a pain to work with. I hate when fabrics won’t lay still and do what I say, when I say it. But I eventually “wrassled it down and hog tied it” into submission.
I learned a couple neat tricks while working on this pattern, particularly about shoulders on a fully lined dress bodice. Learned that slow is fast (though I should already know that one after years of messing up because I got too excited to slow myself down). And I learned that a self-lubricating sewing machine is absolutely wonderful and I no longer feel anxious about having bought it!
I can’t say enough how much I loved this fabric (and I have extra! Scrappy projects here I come)! And the buttons! I got purple ones for the other little dress (for Miss Kassi who will be turning a year old in October). I’m resisting the urge to make a dolly sized one… and a doll to go with it. A hippity hoppity tooth bunny dolly ’cause soon enough Lily’s going to hit that age and all the little baby teeth are going to come popping out and her big-girl teeth are going to start coming in… Ah, children.
And now… the full monty!
Terrible photos, I know, but Miss Capa approves! And on that note, I must be off to deliver the finished product (before Miss Capa decides the dress makes for a wonderfully soft and comfy bed).