what may seem just your average, run-of-the-mill, sweet little dress…
…is actually a swirling,
“POLKA DOT BALLERINA DRESS!”
i made it to match her cousin’s 2 year birthday dress from gymboree, per em’s request. i thought it’d be a bright idea to add godets (my google search for “triangle inserts in a skirt to make it flare” led me to THAT fancy sewing term). that turned a short, quick, easy project into a much longer one, one with a lot of seam-ripping, one that em turned into a little taskmaster. “is my polkadot dress done yet, mommy?” was a common question for a couple weeks as i grumbled and delayed and tried new techniques to get the tops of each triangle to a perfect point before i finally just zigzagged them and called it good! but now it’s done, phew, and she loves it. the fabric is a michael miller polka dot. the godets made the middle of the dress a bit too boxy, so it looks best gathered with a belt or ribbon.
let the neverending dance party continue!