Back in February, on Valentine's weekend, we all headed to NYC to meet up with the rest of our extended family for a fun trip to see "Fiddler on the Roof". It was our Christmas gift to each other. It was also the first Broadway show for Violet and Henry, a big deal!
You might remember that I made Henry some dapper duds for the occasion which, not surprisingly, was followed shortly after by a request for "something fancy" to wear from Violet as well. I wasn't sure I would have time, or fabric enough to make her anything. But then I saw several Eleena dresses (from Coffee & Thread) popping up on my Instagram feed and I just fell in love with it!
So, after some searching through my stash I happened to find some lovely peachy shetland flannel, from ImagineGnats (which I had been saving for myself) and Lana (left from our patriotic ensembles from the summer), they were the perfect pair! And, "Valentiney", but only the slightest bit...
Plus, we happened to be walking around the city during one of the coldest times ever, with subzero temperatures, so flannel was not only a pretty, but cozy and functional choice!
Needless to say, I found the time...but it happened to be the day before we left and I found myself squeezing it in between prepping for and attending two school Valentine's Day parties!
Sometimes we do these things to ourselves! But then, when the end result is received with such joy and excitement...
It's all worth it!
Violet instantly fell in love with her new dress and proclaimed it to be her "favorite dress ever!". It's such a beautiful pattern and design! I love that it has a vintagey feel to it. I also love that it is well suited for older girls, much like the antalya dress I made for Violet in the fall, and not just younger girls (it's sizing goes from 2-12). There are several different options within the pattern, three sleeves, the inverted pleat can contrast or match and of course you can make it with, or without the collar. Surprisingly to me, Violet chose the collared option. She isn't typically a collar girl, I think that she thinks they are too fussy, but this one suits the dress so well!
To me, the best part is the pleat though. When you are simply standing still it's barely noticeable...
But with a little shift or twirl the pleat peaks out and it is such a lovely surprise...
Violet truly loves this dress. The first day she wore it she couldn't stop staring at it in all it's soft and cozy loveliness.
And, I have to admit, neither could I! Despite it's "fanciness" she's already worn it a few times, even to school...which is a big deal as often times she requests "fancy-ish" dresses but then doesn't always like wearing them to school.
This flannel is lovely, but oh...now I'm dreaming of Spring and flowing fabrics!
There just so happens to be a Eleena blog tour happening right now over at Coffee & Thread with so many lovely dresses (and tops too!) you must check them out!