This is the picture of the Hula Hoop Dress from the Puperita Etsy shop:
Isn't it cute? It's for newborns to 6 years old. The pattern is beginner-friendly, and offers the option of snaps or buttons on the back, which was perfect for me. I was also hoping for something that was relatively quick and fun to sew (sometimes a girl just wants to take it easy, you know?), but I was surprised at how quickly this came together. I tested the 2YRS size on my two-year-old.
Here is the first version of the dress before Annalisa made a few changes. I went by her height and chest measurement, so it was actually the size 18M. I like the roomy fit. I didn't have enough of the whale fabric to make the skirt, so I dug out some of my precious linen that I had used for end-of-the-year teacher presents (tote bags) because the color went so well with the whale fabric. In fact, I think I like it better this way.
|I didn't cut the back skirt in 2 pieces as directed by the pattern because I barely had enough as it was and didn't want to lose extra cm cutting it in half just to sew it back up together.|
Annalisa wasn't satisfied with the neckline and the overall sizing in the first version, so she went back and made some more changes, and the final version is just perfect. I sized up to a 2YRS this time because I wanted to make sure she still had room to grow into it and liked how the previous version fit.
|Can I just say how difficult this girl is to photograph? Those of you with little ones, please tell me how you do it! I can't seem to get the camera (okay, my iPhone) to focus quickly enough because she's constantly on the move!|
I let my daughter choose the fabric she liked. I believe it's called "Seven Seas" by Michele Brummer-Everett for Cloud 9 Fabrics. And it's 100% organic! Isn't that great? I wanted to make sure she would like the dress and wear it because I so rarely make things for her. Poor thing usually just gets all her sister's hand-me-downs.
Don't mind the green buttons. I figured I could always change them later, right? ;)
Okay, one last picture to show you how happy she was about the twirly dress:
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