Thursday, 9 January 2014

Another Geranium!

As I am sure most of you are already aware, I am in love with the Geranium dress/top pattern by Rae at Made-By-Rae. I have made quite a few of the different variations outlined in the pattern (you can see them here, here, here, here and here) and recently I had a go at makng a few changes of my own to it.

I used the size 4 pattern (although my neice is only just three, she is tall and growing like a weed) with the faux-cap sleeves and pleated skirt. I lengthened the bodice (to sit at the waist) and shortened the skirt by the same amount. I then created a plain colour-block-type band for the top of the bodice and bottom of the skirt.

(Please excuse the poor quality photo and the fact that the bottom hem is not complete!).

For the main fabric I used a floral cotton with a black background and bright multi-coloured flowers. The blocked bands are a dark mauve cotton, as is the bodice lining.

As I had extended the bodice, I did not extend the back opening down into the skirt. once I had made this decision and sewn up the dress I did have a little panic about whether my niece would get the dress on. Luckily it worked out fine. It took me a long time to settle on closures for the back. I considered both brightly coloured plastic snaps and mauve buttons. In the end I asked me sister-in-law what she thought was best and she suggested concealed snaps, possibly with buttons over the top for show; my 3-year-old niece is super-independent and likes to dress and undress herself, often ripping off buttons in the rush. So I settled on a few large concealed metal snaps. I also added one single clear purple bead-type button to the top, on the mauve band to add a bit of fancy.

The little lady certainly liked the dress; when she tried it on to check the length before hemming, she tried to convince me to let her keep it on and take it home, without the hem complete! Luckily I had it complete in time for her 3rd birthday, just before Christmas, and she wore it to her birthday party. Here she is...

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