Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Children at Play Dress (Simplicity 5226)
I wanted to make Louisa a play dress, and found this pattern, Simplicity "Easy to Sew" 5226, in my drawer (not sure where or when I got it). I decided it would be good for putting to use some of my Sarah Jane Children at Play Michael Miller prints that I've been hoarding. I bought these (and a bunch of boy prints that you will hopefully see up here soon!) from Hawthorne Threads when they were first released last year.
I really like Sarah Jane's illustrations (Louisa has this print over her bed, and Leo has this one over his crib), and Louisa loves white dandelions, so that drew me to this print, Summer Gardens in Lilac.
She actually requested this dress this morning... "the one you made with the dandelion girls on it, you know, Mom?"
I wish I had made the bias binding around the collar and arm holes out of the flower print I used on the ruffle (Meadow in Pink) but I was trying to save that yardage for another project, and also, I hate making bias tape. So, I used some close-enough-pink packaged tape. It closes with a single pink button and fabric loop in the back.
Everything has to have a pocket these days. Lots of treasures to keep track of.
I turned and stitched most of the seams, used some french seams, and serged the bottom. I also made it quite a bit shorter than the original pattern.
Here it is at play!
Running with her classmates in her school's Mini Relay for Life:
And at the first Friday's After Five of the season, getting her face painted with her dear pal Dorothy: