I haven't had the chance to sew for Miss E all summer. Now that the boys are in school I have a little extra time on my hands so I made a few things for the girl.
I found this Fan Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner online. It's a free pattern that I downloaded directly to my computer and printed off on my little printer. You can find the pattern here.
I bought this fun large dot material and thought it would make a darling dress. Sorry about the quality of the pictures my camera didn't like focusing on the dot pattern. I thought it would looks sweet with some tights and a little cardigan.
I added a little vintage lace doily to the waistline but the box pleats ended up covering it up more than I would have liked.
This is what it looks like from the back. The backside is my favorite! The two little overlapping buttons and the row of little pleats at the edge... really it's a great pattern (did I mention it's free?).
I lined it with some material I had left over from a dress I made her last fall.
When I sew for E, I sometimes feel torn about the style of clothing I made her. Personally, I love a simple minimalist style. Plain, muted colors with unique textures offset by some lovely lace or trim. I wander through the fabric store with those items in my hand, but I always end up putting them back. That look just isn't right for my little girl. She is anything but muted! She's playful, and colorful and she loves bright, pretty clothing... so that's what I make for her :) Who knows, someday I might squeeze in a "mamma style dress" but I know it will be the one I have to beg
her to wear.
I also made another simple skirt. Once again, I used Dana's skirt tutorial
and made the double layer version.
I trimmed it with some large pink rickrack I had been saving for the right project. I'm not quite finished with this skirt yet. I'm planning on crocheting a scalloped trim around the brown layer but I won't dare attempt it without Stephanie at my side.
If you have been toying with the idea of sewing for your own little girl, this is the pattern for you! It's a breeze to make and it turns out darling every.single.time.
I've made her four of these skirts in the last year. They get used every single week! More often than not, when I ask E
to go get dressed, she comes out wearing one of these skirts (in some cases two at one time). I must admit I love seeing her running around playing in the clothes I've made her.
She always pairs her little skirts with the funniest shirts and accessories.
I also made her a handful of covered clips. Aren't they fun?
E has a lot of fancy flower clips but on a day-to-day basis I reach for simple snap clips to hold her hair out of her face. Why not make them look cute? I used this tutorial
. Warning, it does require a fair bit of hand work, so if you have and aversion to needles and thread this might not be the project for you. I had a great time making them!
Lastly I made this little bear/doll carrier for her. It's a pattern from my Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew book. I'm just crazy about that book! I've made several projects from it now and there so many more I would like to try.
I'm realizing that I'm in that perfect, magical window of time with E, where her whole world revolves around pretend play. One day she's a butterfly princess, the next a doctor or a mommy... it's so fun! I plan on taking full advantage of this sweet time and make her lots of little things to play with. I know the day is coming when she won't be so thrilled with all her handmade things but fortunately today is not that day.
Have a great weekend! April