I bought this red and pink spot fabric a while ago with the intention of making a dress for Katherine. Well, I had actually forgotten I had it stashed away, but I came across it while I was searching for some green polka dot fabric I was sure I had (which I couldn't find anywhere). This prompted me to admit to my husband that maybe I did have too much fabric, since I am always coming across things I had forgotten I had. I'm pretty sure he realised I wasn't being serious. You can never have too much fabric, after all. But anyway, I dragged this fabric out of the cupboard and decided to finally make that dress.
I used the Rosy Posy pattern from Ottobre 3/2011. For a while I was tossing up whether to make up the Oliver & S Family Reunion Dress instead, since I haven't made one of those yet, but in the end I went with the Rosy Posy as I've made it a few times now and it always gives such a lovely result. The only thing I like to do differently is to fully line the bodice (and sometimes the skirt, but not this time), and use buttons down the back of the bodice instead of a zip. With this particular dress I also added a gathered sash and tie, which I sewed into the bodice/skirt seam at the front, rather than use a detachable ribbon tie.
Continuing with the spotty theme, I decided to make a beige and white polka-dot dress as well. I was inspired by a dress I saw somewhere but unfortunately I can't remember where. I actually thought I first saw it at Target but when I went back to have a better look they didn't have it. So I don't know if they sold out of them or whether I saw it somewhere else.
The pattern I used was Simplicity 2683, and I made view A. It was the first time I've used the pattern, even though I've had it for a while. I made it up in the size 3 but with an extra half inch of length in the bodice and an extra inch or so at the hem, for my bean-pole 4 1/2 year old.
At first I was worried about the sleeves as they kind of look funny on the pattern cover. I was almost going to make up some Rosy Posy style elasticised sleeves instead, but I stuck with the original design and I am glad I did, they are lovely. The only thing I did differently was not line the sleeves. I just overlocked the sleeve edge and turned it up to hem it instead. I figured it would be cooler for summer this way, plus I didn't want to fiddle around with a lining.
Excuse the wrinkled sleeve, I haven't quite figured out how to iron something that small with that many gathers!
The dress has buttons down the back (yes, zipper phobia strikes again!) and a salmon coloured sash and tie. I really like this dress, but the fit is snug and I am hoping she won't grow out of it by summer. Although at the moment she only seems to be growing up so maybe it won't be an issue.
I have a couple more dresses I want to make before I'm done yet. How many dresses should a little girl have? Is there a limit? Or is is like fabric, and there is no such thing too many?