As soon as I saw this Impressionist, Monet inspired print at Joann's I knew it would make a perfect Easter dress for Mae! At first I had no idea what dress style I wanted so I literally just started cutting a bodice using the Beachy Boat Neck by Blank Slate Patterns. I chose this pattern simply because I liked the boat neck and I was too lazy to draft my own :) I sizes down to an 18 months for a fitted bodice (this fabric has some stretch to it) but I left extra length because I thought I might make a drop waist dress. And then I cut off the extra length because I decided to make a puffy layered skirt instead :) The fabric was just too dark and heavy for Mae and I thought a bright poof of a skirt might brighten it up a bit!
After I cut out the bodice I added a scoop back. And although I loved the scoop back, it still seemed a little too simple, and simple was definitely not the look I was going for, so I added a ruffled collar and sleeves because, after all, who doesn't love a two year old in ruffles! Once I finished the top half of the dress, I left it alone for about a week since I didn't have time to get to the store to buy fabric for the bottom half anyway :)
For my birthday I decided to ignore any obligations I may have had and instead treat myself to a trip to Joann's to pick up everything I needed to finish this dress (and perhaps a few other things as well!) I knew I wanted a poofy skirt, and I had pink or maybe sapphire in my head, although I wasn't set on any one thing in particular. Well, my Joann's doesn't exactly have the largest selection, and sapphire was no where to be found, so pink it was! In retrospect I'm glad I got the pick because the contrast with the green really makes the dress :)
The skirt is made from two layers of organza with rolled hems layered over a single layer of costume satin. I have to be honest here ... I really hate gathering skirts, so I really found this dress to be a chore since I needed to gather three skirts rather than just one :) I know I could have gathered them all as one layer, but I wanted all the volume I could get so I attached them separately.
This dress is way out in left field compared to most things I sew, but every once in a while I need a project like this to remind me that sewing is supposed to be fun! Besides, Mae won't be this little forever so I should dress her up like my own life sized doll as often as I can :)
Top - Stretch sateen from Joann's
Waistband (& skirt lining) - Costume Satin from Joann's
Skirt - Organza from Joann's
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Tights - Old Navy
Shoes - Target