Girls Maxi Dress

August 5, 2016

My oldest granddaughter is a bit picky when it comes to her clothes (or food for that matter)! But I don’t want to be that person that tells her that is a bad thing. It isn’t. She knows what she wants, and that’s that. She’s not mean about it. You try to give her some food she doesn’t like and she just says, “no, thank you.” Her Mom has been working with her to at least try new items before she says that, which I think is great. As for clothes though, it makes it really hard to make something for her.

I’ve been pretty lucky in that most of the clothes and shoes I have bought for her, she likes. But for some of the items I made (like the knitted socks she asked me for), she hasn’t really liked. I’ve made hats, scarves (with yarn she’s chosen), blankets and dresses. The dresses though were when she was pretty little. For about a year and a half I didn’t really have a place to set up my sewing machine, so I didn’t sew. But now that my sewing machine is up, and I’ve made a dress for her sister, she’s asked me to sew her a dress. The pattern is one that her Mom saw on Pinterest. It’s a maxi dress pattern that looks really adorable. It’s from a small company (maybe just a person?) and it’s downloadable for you to print off your own copies. I’ve done that before with a jacket I made, and I actually like doing that because I can print off the size I need now, and still have the pattern for other sizes (like her sister). So I went to the website called Simple Life and purchased a copy of the pattern Bella’s Dress. I would love to put a picture of it here, but I’m not sure if that picture is copy protected. I did put a link in for those that are interested.

The one thing my granddaughter did say though when asking for the dress, was for me to use soft material. And now looking back I’m wondering if that’s why she hasn’t liked what I’ve made. I’ve almost always used cotton or cotton blends because they are easy to wash for kids and have some great patterns. For this one though I will take some time and find a softer material in pinks or purples (her favorite colors), and try to make sure they are washable as well so it’s easy for her Mom.

I do plan to take pictures of the material and printed pattern, as well as the finished product when I’m done!

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