I can’t believe it! This is our last week for this season’s Project Run & Play. As with each season, the final challenge is our signature look.
I have thought about what might define my children’s clothing style and this is what I came up with:
- I like little girls to look like little girls. Luckily right now mine are very little, but even for older ones I just think children should dress like children. There is plenty of time in life for dressing like a grown-up.
- I prefer classic styles for girls. Sixties, Fifties, Forties, Thirties, Victorian, etc. I love the silhouettes, the details and the girliness of it all. Ruffles, pleats, embroidery, sashes and bows. So much goodness there. I don’t like to use a ton of embellishment…only enough to add just the right touch.
- I tend to like solid color fabrics and subtle or graphic prints (nothing too busy). And, if I do use a print, I like the fabric to be the main feature of the dress.
When the challenge list was announced Christian pointed out that the Easter dresses I had just made fit exactly as my signature look.
The fabric is a pinstriped Swiss dot with green and yellow on a white field. (I cannot remember for the life of me where I got it, but I know I got it online somewhere.) I just loved this fabric. It is really light and I love the tiny dots and pinstripes.
I wanted to showcase the fabric so I chose a very traditional, simple pattern. Esther’s dress is McCalls M5791 and Dinah’s is a sized-up, self-drafted version of that.
I tweaked the pattern a bit by adding a yellow band to the bottom of the lining on Esther’s dress and making extra-wide sashes for both girls.
The design isn’t going to set the world on fire, but I just love the simplicity and lightness and they were perfect for our Florida Easter.
Fun story about these dresses: Esther’s dress is actually the dress I cut out for Dinah to wear to my sister’s wedding in April 2010. Two years ago. With the quilt I was finishing up for my sister and all the other wedding preparations I didn’t get to finish it. And by the time I recovered Dinah had outgrown it. So, all the little cut pieces sat in a box for two years until I pulled them out to make Esther’s Easter dress this year. When I pulled it out I realized that I had a TON of that fabric leftover…enough to make a dress for Dinah too. Yay for over-purchasing!