Tuesday, August 20, 2013

part deux

Now that yesterday's dress is out of the way, let's talk about two little geraniums that just came to be.

Geranium dresses

The Geranium dress is a pdf pattern Made by Rae and available for instant download at Pink Chalk Fabrics where you can also find Briar Rose fabrics!  It comes in two size ranges:  0-5t and 6-12 (or try out the newborn size free at Rae's blog!).   I think pdf garment patterns are nice, as compared to tissue paper patterns.  It's a relief to print and cut out the desired size without need to protect the pattern for future use.  Aria and I both enjoyed dreaming of a would-be baby girl over size 6-12 month pattern print outs and scotch tape...

cutting

I made one dress is my favorite Briar Rose print, Cricket Clover in Lilac.  The olive, gold and lilac combo reads as fresh and delicate as a sweet baby.  Happily, I had this little gingham print that matches perfectly for the lining!

making

The pink strawberries are Aria's favorite print.  I sewed that cuteness as the sleeveless version with ric rac trim, following Rae's tutorial

Strawberry geranium dress

So here's what I need to tell you - Geranium dress is the ideal beginner's pattern.  It goes together so quickly that even the first time, with Aria's dress, I was truly taken by surprise.  With these next two little geraniums, I only checked the pattern once to make sure I was remembering all the steps because I could hardly believe that it was so straightforward.  It is.

I've only made one other child's dress, so I'm not super experienced.  If you're thinking of trying your first garment, this would be a very rewarding sew!  I definitely recommend a PDF pattern or other high-quality pattern as opposed to big box patterns from your local sewing warehouse.  Those are liable to send you back to bed...

  Cricket Clover geranium dress

Anyways, I absolutely adore how they both came out!  This one's my favorite.  I think the ruffle sleeves are perfect with this dreamy print.  Love. 

button, button

I found these pretty pearl buttons in with the buttons I inherited from my mother (who probably got them from her mother) and was pleased as punch to install them in both baby dresses.

Ok, now just add baby.

21 comments:

  1. Cute! I love the geranium pattern, I've made three and love them all. The faux cap sleeve is my favourite.

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    1. I still need to make that version! I'm definitely not done with this pattern =)

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  2. I love these dresses you made, the pattern is adorable and fabric is a perfect choice. I bought the pattern yesterday and can't wait to make a couple for my two granddaughters!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  3. both of these little dresses are beyond adorable.

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  4. Eeek - so cute! Perhaps I will try it - making the baby dress - not the baby part :). The geranium dress showcases prints so well. I made a few ithinksew.com's florence dress which is also super easy and quick.

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  5. I thi k yesterday's dress was worse in your imagination than in real life, but I do like these two even better! You are killing me with the strawberries and ric rac!

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  6. I originally thought that meadow print was my least favorite but I think the gingham with it is fabulous. You must be a very organized and fast sewer. The dresses--all 3--are great.

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  7. They're lovely! And I didn't post yesterday, but I wanted to mention that I actually like how the dress turned out. The color is fun and bright, just perfect for your little girl. And if she loves it, then it must be perfect, right?

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  8. Now I want to make one, in case my next hypothetical baby happens to be a girl... and if not, I'm bound to know someone who will have a girl one day, right? ;)

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  9. Adorable! An experienced apparel seamstress once told me that if you find a pattern that works for you, sew the heck out of it!

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  10. So cute!! You've done a fantastic job on both!
    I wonder what my hubby would say if i made a couple for our two little boys? Also wonder if it would sway him towards trying for a girl?

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  11. Oh so pretty. That pink strawberry dress with the zig zag trim is beyond adorable. I hope you have a little one not too far in the future that can take advantage of its cuteness :)

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  12. They are so cute! Almost makes me want to have another baby. Almost ;-)

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  13. So so pretty. I might need to make one for my little baby girl, but I have found sizing a bit of a problem on baby patterns lately. How do you think the sizing is on this, is it generous? My baby is 7 months and long but not chubby at all, but a different 6-12 month pattern stopped fitting her at 5 months!! (Maybe Irish babies are just big? I don't know!)

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    1. I probably shouldn't answer that since my youngest is 6 years old. I think I'm a little out of touch! But, the empire waist is 20" around, if that helps.

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  14. These are adorable! I need to get some Briar Rose and make some for my friend who is having a baby girl in December :)

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  15. The clover print is my favorite.

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