I love sewing for other people, especially my daughter Emily. And I’m pretty sure she loves it when I sew for her (until she can talk and say otherwise it’s what we are going with)!
The first dress I made for her was this Simplicity 8304 in blue and white stripe poly cotton. There were a few construction issues which resulted in the Peter Pan collar, but I am pretty happy with the results.
The next version of this dress is a navy gingham cotton from Paragon Fabrics, Belfast. This is one of my favourite dresses for her- it washes well, dries easily and doesn’t need in ironed! Perfect! I am planning a few more in different colours of this fabric, maybe a few short sleeve or sleeveless versions for the summer.
Next up was this adorable fox print cotton, again from Paragon Fabrics. I have to admit there’s only one button on it so far… I will maybe sort that out this week!
Version 4 is made in this gorgeous navy star print double cotton gauze I picked up at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin last November.
This is the first time I have added the heart patches on the elbows and patch pockets. And I love them! This fabric was perfect as the back was plain so provided the perfect contrast. I got the Pom Pom trim from a local craft store, Craft Your Art Out- there is nothing they don’t have!
I decided last minute to make the bow with left over scraps, definitely a cute addition. Even though it didn’t stay on for too long! I will be making a few more of these to use up a few more scraps.
After 4 versions I am definitely not done with this pattern. The style is so simple that it allows for a lot of variations, I would like to try adding piping at the waist or maybe some ruffles somewhere? I will definitely make a few summer versions too.
One thing I have learnt from making these is it’s a great stash buster! I usually have enough left over from my own projects that I can make a little dress or top for Emily, perfect! And the addition of the little bow helps use up that little bit more!