I officially made the first of what will likely be many Christmas dresses last week. You may have seen a peek on Instagram. Don't you love Instagram? Definitely my favorite social media outlet. Anyway... I've made Lola several Polly Peasant Dresses, but have been wanting to draft a classic bodice and sleeve for her that I can have on hand to use as a sloper, so it was nice to finally have an excuse.
Earlier this Fall I saw this little dress at Gap and loved that it was made out of red corduroy. But, regular priced at $50? No thanks. I don't know why, but I've always had a soft spot for corduroy, and knew I wanted to make Lola's Christmas dress out of it, for a much more reasonable price.
It was fun to take her measurements and draft the tiny bodice and sleeves. I made one muslin, made the necessary adjustments after fitting it on Lola, and went straight to the fabric from there with the new pattern - and with fingers crossed :).
The fit came out perfect, which was a relief since I didn't have a whole lot of fabric to work with after all the ruffles. Seriously, each one was 72" long and 4" wide, and as I was cutting them I was getting a little nervous for what would be left. Which apparently, wasn't much.
I wanted a classic-meets-modern-meets-vintage dress (not too much to ask, right?), with cascading layers of ruffles, and although I wanted to kill my sewing machine after the yards and yards of rolled hemming on the ruffle strips, it came out how I had envisioned.
I debated over and over again whether to add a Peter Pan collar, piping, or both, and in the end decided to leave out the collar and just do piping around the sleeves, waistline, neckline and back opening.
The little satin and lace flower attaches with pins for easy washing.
For the back closure, I used three cream pearly buttons. Aren't pearly buttons so classic (perhaps even classic-meets-modern-meets-vintage?)? I love them.
I also made Lola some little corduroy shoes using this free pattern. Lola is 7 1/2 months, but I made the 3-6m size and they fit her perfectly snug and stay on her feet really well.
I added a small ruffle on each shoe, and by small, I mean small. I used up the last bit of my fabric, which didn't leave a lot of room for gathering, but I'm happy with the finished product. I also added a layer of fusible fleece instead of interfacing to add some softness to the shoes.
I also made a little something for the boys to co-ordinate, which I'll show you soon! We just love this little girl so much and feel so lucky to have her in our family!