Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Christmas Dress - Full Reveal

As I mentioned in my last post, I have quite a backlog of projects to blog, and this is one of my favourites! When I saw the main fabric for this dress (by Riley Blake - my favourite designer!) I just KNEW it had to become Madelyn's Christmas dress. I had no idea what to team it with but I had the other fabric ( a spotlight cheapie) laid out across the lounge room floor for backing my advent calendar, and thought I could "get away with it". But as soon as I put the two together I knew they were meant to be together!

Project Name: Madelyn's Christmas Dress
Pattern Name: "In the Garden Shirred Twirly dress" FREE Tutorial here
Size: 3yrs (actually, made to measure)
Pro's: Easy! Delightful! Super full! Super Twirly! Big smiles from the little girl!
Con's: None, unless you count the tears when I tell Maddy it's in the wash!

This was my first go at shirring a dress, which lead me to the sundress in my previous post. I... just... love... shirring! Super easy and gives a fantastic fit that will last for ages, and comfy for my little girl to wear.

I also made a ruffled headband to match this dress and together the set looks divine. She was so adorable on Christmas day, but alas I was too busy in the kitchen to get a good shot of her in the whole ensemble, and now the headband has gone astray.

As you can tell, I am already in love with my new camera, even though I have a long way to go ion learning how to use it. If only my precious daughter was more of a model. I mean, of course she is gorgeous enough (those pretty blonde locks and cuddle me eyes!) but she just won't keep STILL! She just wanted to run and hide from me, but I guess I didn't do too badly considering I have been at work all day and she didn't have her nap.


Emma said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic dress! Maddy looks adorable in it. Any chance you might like to exhange some quilting for a dress sometime?

Austy's Mum said...

Easy done, Emma! Just say the word ;)

Fiona said...

This dress is just stunning Joy. I love it.


Natalie said...

Beautiful dress for a beautiful little girl!

Lucy said...

You are soo talented!! I was wondering how I could get a pattern to do the soaker/shorties that you are to make for the auction? If it all possible could you email me at chilenita@gmail.com? Sorry to bother!!

ab said...

Adorable! And Maddy was so cooperative with photos! I can't get Marin to pose in any handknits anymore, she's always a little knit blur! Ha! Super sweet!