Sewing for children is a specialized category, one which is certainly not of interest to everyone. For that reason, I sometimes skip doing a post on some of the clothes I make for my two little granddaughters. However, these two dresses turned out so cute that I thought I would share them.
I had not really intended to make more summer dresses for my two little ladies, but this hippo fabric made me do it!
I have had this piece stored on my fabric shelves for well over twenty years. I really do not remember why I ever purchased it. I always thought it was cute and cheerful. As luck will have it, my older granddaughter’s favorite animal is a hippo! Little Miss Aida has a stuffed hippo who is well loved (almost to the point of being bedraggled!) and definitely a member of the family. There really could be no better time to use this fabric to make her a dress, especially as, at age 5, she is still happy to wear a cute print like this. (By age six, maybe not?)
As I only had enough fabric for one dress, I needed to make the dress for her 3-year-old sister from another selection. This navy, pink, and white fabric I have only had for a couple of years (no time at all in the realm of my sewing room!), purchased specifically with my two girls in mind.
Over those two years, however, I have slowly been using sections of it to line a number of “baby bags” which I often make for gifts, leaving me with only enough yardage for one dress, not two. So voila! This worked out perfectly – and the cheerful daisy print suits little Miss Carolina’s personality quite well.
For the dresses, I used the Children’s Corner “Louise” pattern again, this time without a separate band on the skirt.
However, to add interest, I made the collars out of coordinating fabrics, and I added pockets to the skirts. Luckily, in my fabric collection, I found dotted cottons which worked perfectly for the collars and pockets. Then rickrack provided the finishing touch.
When I am sewing long-distance for these two little girls, I am usually in a quandary over the length of the hems, especially as they are always, always growing and growing so fast. This time, they were here for a visit, so I saved the completion of the hems until they arrived. No guessing this time!
This was a very satisfying project – the girls love their new dresses, and I felt very virtuous using two fabrics that have been folded away in my sewing room closet, waiting for their new lives to begin. Hippos and daisies turned out to be a winning combination.