This is a project I’ve been dreaming about completing for quite some time. While I usually sew practical, play clothes for my kids, I wanted to sew a special occasion dress for my oldest. I struggled for a long time to find a pattern and fabric that was sweet and feminine, while at the same time not being to juvenile for my almost 8 year old. I am happy to say that this project came out exactly as hoped!
The fabric is some gorgeous Art Gallery voile from the Central Park Breeze collection by Leah Duncan. This fabric was a huge splurge for me, but it is so lovely and airy, and amazing to work with. The dress is lined with white cotton batiste.
I pulled out my Ottobre magazines for this project and chose the dress from 3/2013 #17. I traced a size 104 width with 116 length for my petite daughter. After the dress was nearly completed, I did feel it was still a bit short, so I added a contrast band on the bottom to give it an extra 2″ length. The only thing I omitted was the button down the central front placket since I couldn’t find any that I liked. If I do find the perfect ones, I may add them on yet.
I often tend to rush when I sew, but this time I took my time and am very pleased with the results. The invisible zipper in the back did indeed end up invisible!
Now we just need to loose the dirty white flip flops and find some shoes to match. I found some amazing Livie and Luca shoes, but need to sell a few more patterns before I think about spending $60 on a pair of kid’s shoes, no matter how adorable they are!