Two Little Dresses

Sewing for very little girls possesses its own special charms, and sewing for a little girl who also happens to be one’s granddaughter is more than sewing – it is sharing part of a sewing legacy. It has its privileges, too. Some of the design details which I most like, I am able to add to these small little articles of clothing. Yes, of course, I am referring to rick rack and sashes.

As our little Aida’s first birthday approached in mid-March, I began to plan for at least one little dress to mark the occasion. I already had purchased this cotton fabric at the Eric Carle Museum last October for just such a dress, and knew that it would be quite perfect paired with yellow rick rack.

Happy New Sewing Year - carle fabric I set out to find a versatile pattern which would lend itself to this fabric and found myself thumbing through the New Look pattern catalog. There were many cute patterns, but I settled on this one:

I settled on View D, paired with some bloomers.

I decided on View D, paired with some bloomers.

I liked the narrow yoke on the front of the dress, which would be the perfect place to do something creative with rick rack. Specifically, I was thinking of enhancing the little duck theme by turning a strip of rick rack into a row of little duckies. I had seen rick rack turned into little chicks, and it wasn’t too much of a stretch to change the embroidery details to evoke ducklings instead.

Please click on the photo for a close-up look at these little duckies.

Please click on the photo for a close-up look at these little duckies.

Once I had embellished the narrow yoke, I decided to decorate the pocket, too.

two little dresses

Some yellow grosgrain ribbon seemed a good choice for the adjustable straps, which button in back. I added two perky bows to the bloomers, to make the outfit complete.

A front view . . .

A front view . . .

. . . and a back view.

. . . and a back view.

By this time, I had decided that a first birthday called for another little dress, one which Aida’s mommy – my daughter – would know nothing about. (Daughter Susanna had been with me when I purchased the Eric Carle-designed fabric.) After seeing a very simple little sundress design on Pinterest, I figured I could make little dress number 2 without a pattern – and also indulge my love of sashes on little girls!

The “going-out-of-business sale” at Waechter’s had earlier provided me with the opportunity to purchase many yards of a red and white chevron print and a petite navy blue trim (among other things). Our perky little Aida may end up with many a dress in this fabric, so I figured there was no time like the present to start the tradition! Here is what I came up with:

The shoulder straps twist through loops in the back and become the sash for the dress.

The shoulder straps twist through loops in the back and become the sash for the dress.

This detail of the back shows where I ended the trim to accommodate the transition to the sash.

This detail of the back shows where I ended the trim to accommodate the transition to the sash.

A full view of the back of the dress.

A full view of the back of the dress.

And I made bloomers, too!

And I made bloomers, too!

Two little dresses, rick-racked and be-sashed, seem to be a good beginning for Aida’s second year of fun and frolic and “fashion”!

Happy Mother’s Day to Aida’s wonderful Mommy – and to all Mommies everywhere!

 

 

 

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10 responses to “Two Little Dresses

  1. What special little outfits!

  2. I’m a rick rack lover as well. (I have a retro shirt in my sewing queue that I plan to trim with some rick rack.) The ducky rick rack is too cute for words! Such cute little dresses – lucky ducky granddaughter! =)

  3. Oh boy – you’re having fun now! These are precious 🙂

  4. Oh they’re both so gorgeous!

  5. Beth

    Hi Karen, I met up with your wonderful daughter and granddaughter this weekend. I couldn’t get over Aida’s adorable dress (and of course Aida herself) and I wondered if I could come here and get the story behind the outfit, and I did. You are so talented!
    All the best, Beth Kopp

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