For Project Run and Play’s final week the theme was special occasion. I decided the night before it was due to participate. I was really not going to sew along that week because I had WAY too many other projects going, but then I thought of a dress for Bean’s birthday (in May) and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I started, but did not have enough sewing time to be able to finish in time for the sew along. I knew KCW was coming so I let it go and planned to finish it during one of the hours of sewing this week.
The main idea for this dress was to use a similar shape to the bodice from the Natalie Dress (affiliate link) from Peek-A-Boo Patterns (I am in LOVE with that sleeve so there will be a lot more of this shape to come), but to use some lattice smocking across the front.
I finished the lattice smocking last week and posted the pic on Instagram.
The neckline didn’t stretch as much as I would have liked so I put in a button placket on the back. I like the look it gives the back so it was a happy accident.
For the skirt I wanted something full and a little longer than I normally like Bean’s skirts to be. Her birthday is in a month so she may grow between now and then and I wanted her to be able to run and play at her party without worrying about the wind blowing it up.
|Bean’s 1st birthday dress|
I thought it would be fun to use the same fabric I used for her birthday dress last year (the Ice Cream Social Dress from CINO), so that is what I used for the skirt. I just put a band of pink around the bottom to weigh it down a bit and add a bit of color to the edge.
Whenever I use a knit for a bodice with a woven gathered skirt I find where they meet wants to pull the knit a little too much and it widens more then I’d like. So I planned to add a band around the waist. I thought this bright pink against the blueish green bodice would look a little cupcakey which is fun for a birthday dress. I don’t even know what cupcakey means, but it was the thought I had in my head the whole time, hehe.
This is Bean’s newest “smile” face. It makes me laugh so hard.
I just adore this dress. It turned out exactly how I pictured, and in spite of the number of days it took for me to finally finish it, it was a really quick dress to make.
As for KCW Day 3, I still didn’t touch the jacket pieces.
Instead I cut out and prepped a Beachy Boatneck (affiliate link) dress.
I have been wanting to make a dress length Beachy Boatneck since pattern testing and decided it had to move up the list above the jacket.
And of course I finished the birthday dress. Hopefully day 4 will be productive!
I have added affiliate links for Blank Slate Patterns and Go To Patterns on my sidebar as well as in some of the links in this post, but I sewed using their patterns long before even considering it. These are just great patterns that I truly stand by and I am excited about being an affiliate.