this dress is possibly Em’s favorite dress that i’ve ever made her.
really. if this thing is clean, and in her closet, and there’s an occasion, she’ll put it on. but i guess it’s totally reasonable of her, since i basically made every decision about it by answering the question “what would Em like most?”
pink? check. purple? check. polka dots? check. ribbon? check. twirl? mega check.
i actually made it for our early december trip to the nutcracker. if i remember correctly, a night before the performance i got a bee in my bonnet to make her a “sugar plum fairy dress” and i just dropped everything and went for it. the sugarplum fairy is her favorite character in the ballet, and what could be more perfect than see kate sew’s adorable sugarplum dress pattern, i ask you?! NOTHING.
seriously you guys, this thing is such a cute pattern to put together. i just loved it as i sewed, it’s super adorable and no-fuss (that means no closures – it ties at the shoulders with ribbon!). i love the flutter sleeves, i love the peter pan collar, i love the twirly skirt. i almost couldn’t stand how cute every little part of it was. i made it in a 4T which was actually a mistake on my part – i never sew 4T for her and i’m not sure what i was thinking, the bodice is way too big. i had to put a pleat at the collar and at the back neck to get it to fit, which bugs me but SHE DOES NOT CARE.
the pink bodice fabric is batiste, the purple collar and sleeves are shot cotton. the skirt is the best part – it’s nani iro double gauze.
i meant to make something for myself from it, but you know how it goes – it was perfect for this dress so i cut it. i got it on sale at bolt, and i found what might be the same colorway (but it’s hard to tell) online at the village haberdashery, and the blue/yellow version at miss matatabi and nido.
since the waist was a bit big, i handsewed a mini ball trim to the seam for fun (and functional!) cinching. adding those special details are the best parts of sewing, i think.
this one might hold the record for longest period of time between making and blogging so far – made in early december, blogged in mid march. it’s not for lack of being loved and worn – sometimes the most loved garments are the hardest to blog since they’re so often in use! and this dress looks more springy than christmasy anyway, right? since i made it too big, it’s got plenty of growing room. WIN.
*rainbow streamer by sarah’s silks*
*kate gifted me the sugarplum pattern because she’s a sweetheart – check out all of her patterns here. this post contains affiliate links. none of those statements detract from the fact that i love this pattern to bits and, now that i’ve finally blogged it, am itching to make another*