Ajaire is a fun designer that I have tested for several times, and I was excited for the release of this dress ever since I first saw an early version of it on her website here.
I wanted to capture the celebratory feeling of the launch while still choosing a fabric in colors that I knew my daughter would love (and therefore agree to wear). I thought this cool seersucker fabric from Miss Matatabi looked like it had floating confetti pieces all over it and would be perfect for the happy and summery feel I was going for. It has since sold out (I must have bought it last year?), but there are some other really great fabrics in the shop!
And as for liking the dress, I needn't have worried, of course, because as soon as she saw the flounces, she was sold. Oh, and did I mention this dress is fully reversible? Yes. That.
The challenge was trying to get her to style it according to my vision. And anyone with a toddler (does 5 years old even count as toddler anymore?? Waah) knows that you do not even attempt to argue with your child when it comes to wardrobe selection.
THAT was her vision, my friends. I guess in some parts of Tokyo it totally works, ha ha.
I made the size 5 for her, knowing that it would be a bit too large, as I usually make the size 4 with size 5 for length. I wanted to make sure she could wear it past the summer, maybe with long sleeves underneath. I guess it's too much to hope that she will still be able to fit into it next summer?
Sizes: Newborn to 12 years
Level: Advanced Beginner
Fabric Requirements (woven)
Cap and Long Sleeves
Optional Back Closure
Size Chart & Finished Measurement Chart
Layered Pattern Pieces
Thank you, Ajaire, for a great twirly dress pattern! Maybe next time I can talk her out of the gold polka dot leggings with stripey pink-and-red socks and glittery sandals combination. Or not...