Today is Day Five of Kids Clothes Week Spring edition.
So far I've only got three items for these five days...sunshine pants, and a striped Celestial tee (which incidentally Violet paired with her green parsley pants yesterday and she looked like most comfortable version of Spring!) and today a September dress, part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 sale (only 7 days left!).
So this dress has pretty much ruled my week! I mean there were meals, playtime and runs (can't skip the runs my half marathon is coming up soon!) but the errands were skipped (like no food in the house!) and I still have to do my taxes, eek!
But, there were many many hours spent on this dress from Tuesday through Thursday...I'm realizing that the reason I typically like quick projects is because if they aren't quick I get obsessed with finishing them! If you follow me on instagram you've seen the slow progress over this week, and perhaps you were giving me encouragement as well!
Once I saw September dress, in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 I knew I wanted to make it. Then, as I was scrolling through my Pinterest boards I happened upon this dress that I pinned ages ago... and I thought that embroidery and the September dress would be a perfect pair!
It's made of green linen from Joann. I really wanted a brighter color green, but this was my only option. I added lime green piping to give it a little extra pop of color and shortened the sleeves a bit.
The dress came together fairly quickly and easily. Of course there were a couple of stupid "human error" mistakes and I am the slowest at gathering fabric! And, since I decided to go the dress route, I had 9 buttons to sew and buttonholes to make!
Um, I hate making buttonholes! Plus, of course, I didn't have nine of the same buttons, but I did happen to have six pinks ones and three yellow, Violet loves a good "pattern" so she appreciated the mixed button pattern on the back.
Also, thanks to Ari and her fabulous blind hemming I decided it was high time I learned. I followed Rachael's tutorial, and I love the results, in fact I forsee lots of blind hems in the future!
Inder mentioned that the September seems to run a bit small and, for fear that I'd spend a ton of time on embroidery for it be too small too soon, I made the size 7/8 for Violet and there seems to be plenty of room to grow.
The floral embroidery is a pattern from Kate & Rose. I was thrilled to find a pattern for exactly what I was looking for, although once I found their shop it took me a while to decide on which pattern to purchase, they are all so lovely.
Perhaps a bit foolishly I thought, I can do this! Of course, I could do it, but I wasn't thinking about how long it was going to take me to actually do it. I sort of wished I hadn't rushed through it so quickly and made the stitches more precise and pretty, but despite the somewhat sloppy stitches (and a bit of leftover tear-away embroidery stabilizer) I am so happy with the way it turned out!
I really love this dress and style, it's perfectly "little girl cute". It's not teenage cute like so many of the clothes in stores are. It's perfectly little girl and while she might be six, and she might be growing up more quickly than I would perhaps care to admit she is still my little girl and I'd like her to keep dressing that way! Thankfully she doesn't argue (not yet anyway!) and loves her unique style!
Also, while it's not a super full dress, it still passes the twirl test! So, that's my KCW days 2,3 & 4! I've got so many more things on my list of things that I want to make, but for now I've really got to get to those taxes! Plus, I'm in charge of the neigborhood Easter Egg hunt tomorrow, so I better start getting that together as well! I'll still try to get in a couple more hours this weekend, but I can't make any promises!
Ps. I totally forgot all about the mini me challenge part of Kids Clothes week this go around...but, now that I think about it...I do have a skirt with floral embroidery all over it... So yeah, let's just pretend I planned that!