My daughter is 5 now, and getting taller every time I turn around. So what can a mom with a healthy stash do except make a new dress? I had printed out the Norah dress pattern a few weeks before, so I showed her some options which I had in my stash and she picked the blue floral from Honey Honey by Kate Spain. Together with the coordinates, I had purchased this almost 2 years ago with the benefit of a $25 gift certificate from Knotted Thread (when she was still in Hawaii, at that).
No progress photos, because I was sewing madly to get the dress done before the violin concert (with the other local Suzuki method students) on February 22. She was able to help tape the pattern pieces together and closely supervised cutting the fabric, requesting “pockets I can put my hands in”. (That is, not pockets that are too small or at the bottom of the skirt like the Sally dress I made last year.) The kangaroo pocket is perfect, the side pockets ended up a bit low.
The collar is cut on the bias, which looked a little odd with the directional fabric but I’m probably the only one who would notice. I did use a tricot (knit substrate) interfacing, it’s the first time I have used it and it gives a really nice drape and feel. I find quilting cotton can wash rather crunchy/wrinkled, so the interfacing is to help the collar keep its shape.
The dress is a size 6 with a size 8 length–I like longer dresses on older girls, although toddlers do look adorable in short skirts–and the skirt is full enough for her to sit comfortably and modestly (although if it’s up to me she will always wear shorts or leggings underneath).
Linking to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for a #sewmystash2015 finish!