My summer sewing is now almost done.
Late as usual, but despite the official calendar, there will still be many hot summer days until the end of october/mid-november. So, my late summer sewing is not totally lost.
I’ve accomplished a significant part of what I’ve planned and I’m pretty sure my girl has enough dresses and tops to get her through the season and well into fall (most blouses and tops would look adorable underneath a cosy cardigan).
When I started to sew for my kids, on a regular basis, my goal was always to be able to sew their wardrobe. While, I’m too far from achieving this with my boys (mostly my fault, as I do love sewing girly stuff), most of my girl’s wardrobe is now handmade (I still buy her a ocassional piece, often on sale).
Of course, my fabric and pattern stash has also been increasing and sometimes, a girl needs to get busy…
I bought the Rose (Children’s Corner) pattern on a sale a couple of months ago and I intended to sew a winter dress (long sleeves in cord), but never managed to find the time to do it (I always have issue with time management).
A couple of weeks ago, I went through my stash (looking for inspiration) and found a couple of prints from the Kumari Garden collection (Dena Designers) that were just begging to be used – initially intended for a quilt, that never managed to happen (as well).
I knew, it was time for a bit of pattern+fabric detash…
I used a size 5T for my girl (she’s 4 1/2) and the fitting was perfect on the chest and sleeves. The length was well bellow the knee (I prefer it just above the knee) and my girl found this to be a perfect (it appears that this is the most suitable length for princess dresses, lol). I’ll leave it like that for the moment, but will probably raise the hem a few inches.
Instead of the piping (requested in the pattern) I decided to use lace for the neck yoke and in the sleeves (also from my stash) and love the outcome (sweet). Again, a style mod approved by Miss M.
This dress yoke would be perfect for embroidery or a similar sort of embellishment. Yet, as my embroidery skills didn’t quite fit the bill, I added two cute green/blue buttons from my button jar.
Despite all the blue and green going on there, Miss M loved it! (she calls it her “princess dress” because it’s a bit longer than my usual dresses and it features lace).
She loves wearing it with sneakers and her pink tiara (sorry, no model picture so far). She seems to be growing into a very unique dressing style – one where nothing matches and a tiara seems to go with everything.
This is not my usual choice of print (bolder and bigger), but the colors are so beautiful and vivid that I couldn’t resist getting several prints from this collection (hence, the initial quilt plan).
Of course, living close to the ocean I couldn’t help but loving these gorgeous hues!
I called it, a bit of summer breeze …