I have renamed the latest incarnation of this dress "The Heleena of Troy" dress for the little "war" it has caused between my girls. Why? Read on...
Well, from the second they saw the fabric and realized I was making another version of the twirly dress, it became The Dress That Launched a Thousand Arguments....
"It's for me! Mommy's making a dress for me!"
"No! That dress is mine!"
"I saw it first!"
"Mommyyyyyy!!! Who is the dress for??"
Ahhhhhh....(run away and hide)
My little one got to model it first, since she is at home with me all day while big sister is at school for the morning. She was so happy that she was first and kept insisting, "It's really mine, right, Mommy? Because I really like soft and fluffy things." (The fabric is very pleasant to the touch, though it was so trying to sew. I admit that I nearly gave up several times. Also, even though I thought I had pressed it well enough, when my daughter put the dress on and started dancing around, it wrinkled and drove me crazy.)
I made the size 4 with the original intention being my older daughter wears it first. The only changes I made were taking off 6cm from the hem and extending the lining to be the length of the dress using a lightweight voile-type fabric because the parrot fabric is almost see-through.
I didn't have enough of the fabric to do pattern matching or to make the proper length dress, so I was hoping that it would be just enough to serve as a tunic for my older daughter. It didn't even occur to me that my younger daughter would want to wear it. Luckily, I think she can get away with it as a dress. Don't mind the turtleneck. It's about two sizes too large for her, but she loves wearing it because "it's soft and pink." Her words, not mine.
The beautiful fabric was gifted to me by Miss Matatabi, and I'd been saving and saving and saving it for a special project (and, let's be honest here, I was scared to sew with it). Unfortunately, I'd been saving it for so long that she no longer stocks it in her shop, but check out all the other beauties here.
Now, when it came turn for my older daughter to model the dress-turned-tunic, I was expecting another argument between the girls, but I think my little one was pleased with the fact that she had already worn it -- plus we were going to the park, so she didn't really mind that she couldn't wear it because there were other, more important things on her mind. Like making sure the flower petals got enough moisture (see what I mean here).
|Haha, I just realized that they are both wearing turtlenecks under this dress! Well, though it might be spring, there is still a chill in the air.|
I think I could have gone with making it a bit shorter on her, actually, but then my little one might not have worn it as a dress, so I'll go with it. I'm hoping they will be able to wear it for quite a while.
Now for the fun bit! You can get the pattern on sale for $7 until 11:59pm EST, Monday, March 7. And don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win 2 patterns of your choice, plus 1 yard of Sarah Jane fabric!!
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Here are all the other stops along the tour. Be sure to go and check them all out if you haven't already. Everyone made some really amazing and beautiful Eleenas!!