Now that yesterday's dress is out of the way, let's talk about two little geraniums that just came to be.
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...
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!
The pink strawberries are Aria's favorite print. I sewed that cuteness as the sleeveless version with ric rac trim, following Rae's tutorial.
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...
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.
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.