As promised, I got some pictures of my girls in their Geranium dresses.
This is my youngest daughter. I swear she was born yesterday, and I almost cannot believe she is as big as she is. We still baby her though, and probably always will, but just yesterday she told me she wasn't a baby anymore...
This is the first dress I made. I decided to start small, so if it looked terrible, I wouldn't waste too much fabric, but I actually liked it and thought I'd even let her wear it to church.
I made this one with the round neckline, gathered skirt, and ruffle sleeves (those are my favorite).
Her favorite color is orange, and I love the color of this print by Sarah Jane, Wee Wander. It's just perfect for a dress.
As it goes with children, you can't give something to one without the others wanting it too. My middle daughter asked for a dress too. This is actually my favorite of the three, but she likes her sister's dresses better. I think this print is perfect for a dress too, and I love the freshness of the white (also a print by Sarah Jane, Wee Wander)
She was also my least willing model.
I made this dress exactly like the orange one. Rounded neck, gathered skirt and flutter sleeves. I also added lining to the skirt (the bodice is lined in the pattern, but I was afraid the white would be see through). I just used muslin and pretty much made the pattern exactly as written, but with two layers. I'm sure there was a better way, but this seemed to work well, without any problems, and I am new to sewing clothes, so I just did what I thought would work.
Pink for my oldest. (Yep, Sarah Jane, Wee Wander, again...clearly I'm a bit obsessed).
After she saw her sister's dresses she really wanted one for herself. I was a bit reluctant at first because I was afraid it was a little young for her (she's 9)...I mulled it over for a bit and finally decided that if she wants me to make her a dress, I will, and if she is willing to still look young, then I should be cheering. Kids grow up too fast nowadays anyway. There is nothing wrong with keeping them young.
I made this one with pleats instead of gathered and cap sleeves instead of ruffles. I also added the cutout in the neck. Just these little changes make it look so much more mature.
I considered lengthening the bodice, so it would hit at her natural waistline, and then shortening the skirt...but didn't have the time or experience to make those kind of adjustments. I would like to try it sometime though, I think it would be perfect for this age.