Monday, September 15, 2008

The child doesn't need a new dress

My little girl does not want for cute little dresses. My mother makes sure of that. Little girl has all manner of pretty church dresses, cute school dresses, and practical play dresses hanging in her closet. And yet, when my dear friend Scarlett "destashed" a yard of Alexander Henry apple & pear fabric, I knew that my little girl NEEDED another dress.
I followed Simplity 3510, but I changed a few things up - you knew I couldn't just follow directions! Instead of making the top self-faced, I used bias-binding to edge it off. Here's some detail:


I don't know if the picture shows it, but the bias tape is actually a red and maroon polka dot number. (BTW, I found out that you can get 6 YARDS of 3/8" double-fold bias tape from one fat quarter!!!) The big wooden buttons came from my button stash. Only had to keep them around for 5 years before I found the perfect use for them!
And here's a close-up of the pocket. It's got pinched pleat in the front, and instead of the top facing the pattern called for, I just used bias binding again.


And my fave picture of the day - little girl wearing her dress while riding her bike!

9 comments:

Lisa_in_AR said...

Super cute Anne! Nice job!

Denise Felton said...

Holy jumping cats! The dress is adorable! (And so is Livvie, of course.) How the heck did you get the binding on so perfectly on that tab thingie on the front. You rock.

Oh Mandie! said...

Aww, its wonderful! I so wish I had a little girl to sew dresses for!

ScrapbookDBA said...

How adorable! Oh and the dress, too! :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

Aw, I wish I was your daughter. I want that dress!

joanie said...

Beautiful - dress and the model! I haven't sewed nearly enough for my little girl. It's too late now, she's already arguing over fashion - she's only 6!

idyll hands said...

I want one... for me please! :)

Debbie Nelson said...

An adorable dress and little girl looks precious riding on her bike. One summer Aunt Toots and I made Jennifer a sundress in every color of gingham and eyelet...well, actually I cut them out and Aunt Toots did all the sewing. Such precious memories..I wouldn't trade them for anything. You will cherish these times with Olivia forever....

Debbie Nelson said...

An adorable dress and little girl looks precious riding on her bike. One summer Aunt Toots and I made Jennifer a sundress in every color of gingham and eyelet...well, actually I cut them out and Aunt Toots did all the sewing. Such precious memories..I wouldn't trade them for anything. You will cherish these times with Olivia forever....