Monday, June 21, 2010

Little Daisy Dress

I made this dress for my fiancé's niece, who was born a little more than a week ago. Since her wardrobe is already well-stocked with newborn size clothes, I decided to make a size that will fit her later on.

This is the first children's pattern I designed myself and I'm pretty excited to see how it will wear and of course how it will look when worn by an adorable little one! But since the dress turned out quite big, I guess I'll have to wait for that a little while ...

I used fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks collection and the fabrics themselves plus the amount available to me influenced the design for this dress to some extent. First, I wanted to make the dress solely from the green fabric, but it turned out that I didn't have enough to make this size. Then I decided to make the skirt from the voile, but a single layer was a bit sheer for my taste, especially since I can't be sure that it can be worn already during summer, so I added a second layer in a different length.

After that, I thought the dress was in need of a bit more whimsy, so I added the ruffle trimmings to the layered skirts, which at the same time balance the top and bottom using the green fabric. I'd have preferred to make the bodice lining from the voile, but I didn't have enough left. So I used a neutral cotton fabric.

My initial idea was to use snap closures on the bodice for convenient dressing, but when I saw the finished dress, I thought those would have been a bit bland. So I went looking for buttons and found the perfect ones.

These mother-of-pearl buttons are the ideal colour, shape and size for this dress! I'm so happy I found them! I love how the edge of the flower shape echoes the Pastry Line pattern on the Dobby Dot fabric!

My grandmother sent me this daisy lady with a letter in Spring. I think she goes well with the spirit and colours of the dress. I'm really happy with how the dress turned out and hope that it will be pretty and comfortable when worn!

1 comment:

Andrea said...

I love the color combination. So vibrant. It's a beautiful dress and the buttons are a great detail. Coincidentally, I also made a little baby girl dress, much simpler though ( I haven't started the blouse yet. Still a little scared and I could use some practice sewing simpler things first, I think. ;)