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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Itty Bitty Dress for a Not At All Itty Bitty Girl

I know a girl who's 3. And 3 is big. I know because she tells me all the time. Once in a while I attempt to gently disagree with her and point out that Kaden is 7 and he's taller than her and Cassie is 16 and that's a lot older and bigger. But she stands firm and points out that 3 is much bigger than Dress for L1 or 2, so 3 is big. And that's all there is to that. 3 is big.

She is also a princess, her favorite color is purple, and she has a little sister. If you were to meet her on the street she'd tell you that, usually before you have a chance to say hello.

She's one of the little ones I'm lucky enough to spend my days with.

Turning 3 happened at the beginning of June. I promised her I'd sew her something, as I'd done for her sister a few months ago, as a birthday gift. The thing was, when it was her sisters birthday I sewed for both of them. So I felt strongly that I should do that again (and no, of course that decision had nothing to do with the fact that I love sewing pretty little girly things). A few months ago another little girl joined us during the days, and I couldn't leave her out, of course, so that meant I had to sew three things.

So here it is the beginning of July. Yes, I procrastinated a little bit. Yesterday I had nothing I had to do during naptime and had no quilts begging to be pieced or sewn so it was the perfect opportunity to sew for the girls.

I googled "free girls dress pattern" and found this one. How cute is that? I used the toddler version of the pattern found here. As I was sewing this for a 3 year old and the pattern is for about an 18-24 month old I added a little width at the sides. I needn't have done that, it's fine that I did but it would have fit fine if I hadn't.

I am not one to use patterns or follow directions. This was simple enough that I had no problems at all with it. Well, I suppose I should admit that other than using the recommended seam allowances I didn't follow the directions at all and just did what I thought would work best, which may or may not have been what the directions said, I didn't read them so I don't know.Dress for L

The purple was an afterthought, as the dress was being tried on I was given explicit instructions to add purple. I was told to get some dress paint that says "good to use on dresses" and just splash some on the dress - no, not paint it on like a pretty picture, just splash. And apparently, and this may or may not be common knowledge but it was news to me, princesses don't like pockets on their dresses, so purple pockets weren't happening. Sadly, I had no paint that said "good to use on dresses" and, apparently, and this may or may not be common knowledge but it was news to me, princesses don't like pockets on their dresses, so purple pockets weren't happening. So I added purple ribbon. She thought that was just fine (whew!). And I love, love, love it with the blue.

After trying on the dress this afternoon the dress stayed on. She wasn't taking it off. She likes it. Happy Birthday girl!

More on the other two dresses later ...

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