Before December bids us farewell (which is very, very soon), it seems only proper to share the “December Dresses” I made for my two little granddaughters. Actually, I finished them in November, but the intent every year is to have them delivered either by hand or by post to their home in Massachusetts (USA) in time for them to wear them to various December events.
Every year I try to vary the look of the dresses. While I like to surprise my daughter in addition to my granddaughters with what I make, this year I asked my daughter what she thought the girls would like. Her response was immediate, telling me that they love the birthday sundresses I made for them last Spring so much, and could I perhaps get the same look in a winter dress? So I went from this:
I did it by sizing up the patterns I used for last year’s December dress and substituting the ruffled collar which I adapted from the pattern for the birthday dresses. Still with me at this point? I had pattern pieces all over the place!
I found the lovely plaid cotton at Farmhouse Fabrics, as well as the lace and the buttons. It took a full five yards of 58” wide fabric for the two dresses. Once again, the dresses sort of evolved as I made them. I originally was going to use picot edging for the collars, but it did not look right. That’s when I switched to the lace, and just as a precaution, I ordered enough to edge the hems should I decide to do that. As it turned out, the lace rimming the hem was the perfect finishing touch. I had all of two inches of the lace remaining when the dresses were complete. Whew! That was cutting it close!
I put the cuffs on the bias just to add some interest and to pick up on the bias binding at the neckline.
There is something magical about sashes and bows and a buttoned back on little girls’ dresses.
All the time I put into these dresses was well worth it when the girls were so excited to wear them to The Nutcracker, performed by The Pennsylvania Ballet at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), on December 24th at noon.
What a wonderful day that was. Here’s hoping your December was also filled with magical moments and ruffles and sashes.
And next up – my last make of the year – and of the decade…