It has been a very loooong time since I've sewed, and a far longer time than that since I have made a wee little dress. When my daughter was born, I sewed most of her clothing, and oh what fun it was then to create such cute little dresses for her to wear. Somehow, through the years, the sewing machine began to collect dust, and sat still and quiet.
However, since cleaning my craft room this past weekend, I found some lovely fabric that just spoke to my heart. My dear niece, who just turned 1 a couple of weeks ago, and whose birthday party was taking place on Sunday needed a special gift. I was in no hurry to send the gift because I was told by her parents that she needed absolutely nothing, and of course, I know that to be true. The little princess has just about everything her heart could desire. So, I decided to wait and think about what to give her for her first birthday. Amazingly enough, the inspiration hit me the very day she was having her birthday party several thousand miles away from me! While she and all the guests were enjoying birthday cake, I was busy sewing many miles away...
The dust bunnies flew away, and the happy hum of the sewing machine, the soft pfftst of the iron, and the tiny pricks of sewing pins became my companions for the next hour or two...
I found a pattern online at an Etsy shop called ViolaLeePatterns... and oh my! The incredible selection that she offers was overwhelming. I was looking for a very simple pattern and the "Olivia" dress was the one I settled on. I highly recommend buying your pattern like this, because the pattern comes with sizes up to 8, which means one could print the pattern out for each size group. When buying patterns in a store, once you cut the pattern out in one size, that is it. This way, you always have the pattern, and can cut it out to the size you desire.
I was incredibly pleased with the ease and detail of the instructions, with great pictures, and easy tips for every step of the process. It was a pure delight to sew this dress using such a well designed pattern and instructions!
I happened to have everything needed to make the dress on hand... fabric, elastic and thread. It didn't take me long, from start to finish, to cut out, and sew this darling little dress up.
The pattern did not come with directions for embellishments, but I couldn't help but think that it needed something in the center of the dress. I cut a large scalloped shaped fabric flower using my Stampin Up Big Shot die cutter and then gathered the center of the fabric. Then I sewed on the button and flower, and the dress was done!
I have also made a little flower identical to the one on the dress with a hair clip on it for her hair.
This was a really fun and quick project that turned out even better than I had hoped. I have another sweet little girl in mind who is turning one in just a month or so as well.. and I have plans to make her one too, using this pattern with different fabric. It was so enjoyable sewing this cute little dress that I wondered why it has taken me so long to get back into doing it!
I found a lot of projects as I cleaned my room that reminded me of all the different crafts I have made through the years. I hope this time the dust bunnies have flown away for good, and the happy humming sounds of a sewing machine fill the air again, lol!
Have a blessed and wonderful day :)