hi! today i’m joining Rae on her It’s a Small World (blog tour) After All with this sweet (and sour, hence the pucker?) little lemon drop dress for E!
oh man you guys, such cute fabric. i love it. and judging by the fact that i could barely get her to hold still for these photos, i know E loves it too. it’s just so bright and happy! i mean, check out this air!
the fabric is “lemon drop” from Rae’s new line of baby wale corduroy for Cloud9 Fabrics, called Small World. organic corduroy! it’s soft and vibrant and pretty much the perfect fabric for a little sleeveless shift dress, which came to mind right away when Rae asked me to be a part of the tour.
i was heavily inspired by this dress by mini Boden and wanted to achieve the same type of look. i had to do some pattern finagling to make it happen, but i’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
i started with the Oliver + S Book Report Dress, a pattern i’ve had in my stash for a while but had never sewn. i made some alterations to get closer to my inspiration design and took photos of the process to either share here or over at Oliver + S sometime in the future, so keep an eye open for that.
here’s the quick rundown: i merged the bodice and skirt pattern pieces into just a front and back, made it sleeveless, added side seam pockets, and drafted a hem facing. quite a few changes on a pattern i’d never sewn and it definitely felt like a risk, but it turned out just as i’d hoped it would! phew!
i left the neckline as-is, maintaining the pleats and the tiny button loops. the shirttail hem is pretty great too, and i think the facing helps accentuate it.
i added topstitching (instead of under stitching) and just bound the armholes with bias tape; they got a bit puckery because i used quilting cotton double fold bias and it’s pretty thick, but it’s one of those things that’s more noticeable in blog photos than in person.
i sewed a size 5 which fits great everywhere, though she’s at the top of the height range for the size.
this type of dress is so great for layering over long sleeves/leggings when it’s cooler outside, or with shorts as shown. i like to make full skirts a bit longer for extra growing time, but a shift dress like this actually seems better shorter so it doesn’t restrict her movement – she can run and climb and dance and do her normal awesome kid stuff in it, which is really the most important thing to me.
E has gotten fearless about heights and has learned to trust her own strength. it makes me so proud to see her skipping monkey bars at the playground and scaling a tree in seconds.
she never just walks – she bounces, skips, runs…or leaps!
look for Small World in your local fabric shop (online or in person) this spring! If you need any further convincing of its awesomeness, keep an eye on Made by Rae this week where she’ll be linking to all sorts of adorable projects on the tour. hey Rae! thanks for having me along! 🙂
now you’ve got to check out my buddy and cross-country blog tourmate Tara’s super cute pants for her little Hawthorne over at girl like the sea! that kid slays me every time. it’s just ridiculous.