i realized as I was sewing this that it had been a while since I made a new dress for Em – over two months in fact! it felt sooooo good to sew a special dress for my gal!
she has a lot of fancy events coming up – dance recital, school Christmas program, mother-daughter date to The Nutcracker, plus the usual Christmas Eve festivities. and since her legs just keep getting longer and longer somehow, a new dress was definitely in order.
the pattern is Rae’s Geranium Dress, a classic, great-fitting design that can be either a nice everyday dress or go really special when sewn in a fancy fabric. it’s my third Geranium Dress (here are one and two, plus she has the tunic Delia made) but my first time sewing View A with the gathered skirt and flutter sleeves. i think those features give it just the right amount of fancy.
the bodice is a 4T and the skirt is a 5T – the other two times i made a 3T bodice with a 4T skirt length for her, but she sized up!
i wanted the skirt to be suuuuuper full, so i cut the front and back skirt pieces each selvedge to selvedge and gathered it all up. then i added a chunky 1.5” hem; which with the empire bodice and muted color scheme makes her look like a vintage doll to me.
the skirt fabric is Confetti Sparkle in Cream, compliments of the fine people over at Dear Stella. this dress is what came to mind immediately when i first saw that gold dot fabric, it’s just so festive and beautiful! my original inspiration was this mini boden dress.
cream confetti sparkle is available online from my sponsor Drygoods Design (plus a couple other colorways), so get it while you can! did you see the navy Hanami dress that Cherie posted yesterday? SO cute.
the cream bodice is a Moda Bella solid from Bolt, and the flutter sleeve edges are finished with a double zigzag of gold metallic thread, which i also used to topstitch the neckline and button placket to bring the gold up to the bodice rather than letting the skirt have all the fun.
after getting some good advice from instagram friends, i decided to go with a “four calling birds” button motif. these perfect little birdies are by Incomparable Buttons and were were sent to me by Jess (thanks girl!). i think they have found their perfect home.
just some nice subtle details on this festive Geranium, which made it really fun to sew and hopefully fun for her to wear, too.
Christmas dress done…
now on with the festivities!