Summertime Baby Dress– Our Darling Charlotte

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I have been saving something special for this week’s blog!

A crochet and fabric toddler dress…I am not the best seamstress, but it turned out! And all in an afternoon.

Summer is so different from the school year. Last week I had diapers and babies and quiet time during naps, and this week it is older children and meals and roving adventures to the local park…

I love it all, but I have been fretting about the change. The good news is it has been much smoother than I expected! I think I shall enjoy our summer after all.

So the dress. We have been minding the sweetest baby the last six months. Really. Her parents are delightful, and she is just precious. Her time with us was coming to an end (at least until fall), and I so wanted to make her something handmade for her first birthday, which is today!

I was so pressed for time, the final week of the school year, but here it is:

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Using some pretty self-striping cotton yarn, I crocheted a granny square bodice and chose fun coordinating fat quarters to make the skirt.

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I calculated the approximate width for the skirt (44″) and sewed it in 4-inch strips.

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I knew I wanted to gather it, so I doubled the width, but I think I should have tripled it, even, for more fullness. Next time.

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I then pinned the bodice to skirt and sewed away!

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It really came together nicely. I had seen several cute ones on Pinterest, and though my time limited my efforts, it is darling. ♡

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And she liked it! Sweet baby.
Happy birthday, Charlotte!

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Happy hooking!

That’s What Little Girl Dreams Are Made Of

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We saw FROZEN yesterday! Yes, it was amazing. The music was beautiful, and the color design extraordinary. I fell in love with the Scandinavian motifs throughout. I look forward to crocheting and embroidering inspired new designs!

After the movie, we stopped at our local retailer to pick up some shiny blue fabric…
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And embarked on a craft adventure. I am relatively new to sewing…I have a quilt and about a half dozen small purses to my credit. And with the holiday crochet madness, my sewing machine has been quite ignored. Until today!
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A year or so ago, a friend of a friend– who just happened to have a bridal shop!– passed on to me a dozen discontinued wedding and bridesmaid dresses. I was thinking of making hand-dyed satin rosettes for hair and clothing accessories. Still am! Someday…but in the meantime, two or three of the dresses have been cut down and altered (by me, just guesswork!) to make pretty princess playdresses.
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We pinned the sides while she had it on, then removed her from the dress 🙂 and sewed along the pin line. I used a piece of sleeve to hide where I cut off  the top edge. For the bottom edge, I trimmed it short in front, leaving a rounded train in back.  I used the sequined edge of a stole for front embellishment, just sewing it on the sides.
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So my little helper and I spent a pleasant couple hours before I had to go to work making the ice queen’s dress…at least in as much as this mom could manage!
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She likes it…when I got up this morning she had it on already, again. Ah, it’s the little things, truly. Simple family life for me, over the rest of the world, any day.

Update: we added a wig!
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