I made my two little girls Bohemian Baby Doll Dresses using the pattern from Elegance & Elephants. http://eandepatterns.bigcartel.com/product/bohemian-babydoll-pdf-pattern They turned out super cute! Fifi wanted to sleep in hers 🙂 She also wants to wear it again today, but I need to wash it because she spilled a little bit of food on the bodice last night.. I told her she can wear it around for the morning but in a bit when we get ready to go out she’ll have to take it off so it can get cleaned.. I plan on making a bunch more for both girls in different fabrics. I have a few fabrics in the wash and dryer (forgot to do that last time I washed a bunch of fabric) and I have some more fabric that I just ordered specifically to make this dress. It is so precious. Perfect sweet and innocent dress for a young girl. I really do love it.
I subscribe to the Oliver & S blog posts. The other day I got an email from them where people guest post about what their favorite Oliver & S pattern is. Well, it happened to be from a blog I never heard of before, (not that I have head of them all!) but she had some really cute photos of a pattern I had so I wanted to check it out.. http://hungiegungie.com I was browsing through her posts while the kids were sleeping, she and her sister make so many cute things! I came across this one post and I absolutely fell in love with the dress! As much as one can fall in love with a clothing pattern and fabric 😉 http://hungiegungie.com/2014/07/30/swiss-dot-babydoll/ then I saw this one! http://hungiegungie.com/2015/04/08/bird-dress/ so, so pretty.. I checked out her etsy and asked her a few questions then decided I would just buy the pattern… and as luck may have it I was looking online at fabric and found the same bird print, so I ordered some to make the girls matching dresses.. But in the meantime I was itching to try the pattern out.. So I got some fabric from my stash and sewed up some little pretties for the girls. I used Spring Hare by Lewis & Irene and the pink is another fabric from that line. I bought them at my local fabric store, Fabrics Plus, when they were having a 30% off sale recently. I lined the inside of the bodice and flutter sleeves with just a plain white cotton. It’s probably Kona, which also bought at that store.
They came together pretty easily. I had a difficult time with the little flutter sleeves and the lining on the first dress. I did Little Biscuits first. She is in a size 2 so all the pieces are small! I did a straight size 2 for her in the bodice and skirt. I did the first sleeve the way the instructions called for and it was a pain in the butt! So the next sleeve I decided to do the other method recommended which was so much easier! There is a link on the instructions once you buy and download the pattern. There is also a video here https://vimeo.com/48015148 that shows how to do it.. It was nice being able to see and read what I was supposed to be doing. The internet is such a great resource! Especially since I don’t have a large community of mama’s and grandmas who pass down all their sewing knowledge! The second sleeve came together like a breeze and then Fifi’s dress was completed in about half the time. There are only 6 pattern pieces so it isn’t a difficult one to figure out. I had cut all the pieces out for both dresses at once.
So, once I finished Little Biscuits dress I took a break to eat something and got started on Angel Pies. For hers, I did a size 6 bodice with a size 7 skirt. She’s thin and lanky so I wanted to make sure it would be long enough.
They are both happy girls! And I’m happy they turned out so cute. I know the print is very Spring-ish but I’m thinking as long as they want to and can fit they can wear it whenever.. In the Autumn and Winter we can just add a long sleeve tee underneath or a sweater, and some leggings or long socks. Can’t wait to make some more.. but first I have an embroidery to finish up and get shipped out to a customer 😉