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Birthday Dresses

I'm incredibly lucky. Not only is she not rolling her eyes at the idea of something handmade, she actually requested that I make her a dress for her 10th birthday. Of course I will, baby girl. Because I've only got so long until the eye-rolling and torturous trips to the mall begin. And, because she suddenly outgrew every dress in her closet, I made her two.

First up, another Geranium Dress. I think this is number 7. Maybe number 8. I don't know. All I know is that it's a great pattern and I'm going to keep making it as long as they still fit in the size range. Then I'll probably start making them Washi dresses.

I made a few adjustments. It's a size 8 with an extra inch added to the bodice and 2 extra inches added to the skirt. Always necessary for my tall, skinny girl. I also added a simple ribbon tie around the waist.

I'm in love with this heart print fabric I found at JoAnn's. So much so that I ignored her request for an aqua dress and bought this instead. But she agrees, the hearts are awesome.

Next up is what I am calling her "Orphan Chic" dress.

This one is inspired by all the amazing Dottie Angel frocks out there right now. Since she's still far from the adult sizes of the frock pattern, I created my own version. I started with the bodice pattern piece of the geranium dress and extended it out into a long a-line. I also widened the neckline a bit because I was worried about it fitting over her head without an opening in the back. Probably not necessary but I couldn't try it on her without ruining the surprise.

 The dress is a lovely, drapey linen blend. The contrasting ties and pockets are quilting cotton.

I think it's the perfect little waif look. And, someone complimented it while we were out spending birthday money at Target this morning. She loves it. I love it. A random stranger at Target loves it. Definitely a win for mom!


balloongal said…
Nichole and I both agree that they look lovely.

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