So, we’re not Irish. Not even a little bit. But for some inexplicable reason, I woke up on Monday determined to sew a green St. Patrick’s day dress for Josie. A questionable decision, given that (a) I have a newborn baby, and am not remotely on top of (arguably) more important things like housecleaning, feeding my children, and showering, (b) Josie doesn’t even know what St. Patrick’s day is, and (c) we had no plans for her to go anywhere on Tuesday where said green dress would even be seen. But a post-partum woman is rarely a byword for logic, so make a completely unnecessary green dress I did! Noelle helped by taking the longest afternoon nap of her life, and Josie (sort of) cooperated by letting me try the dress on her periodically to make sure it fit (thrilling my mama-seamstress heart when she didn’t want to take it off to let me finish!).
I used Simplicity 1435, view C (with only the longer tier on the skirt, cut on grain rather than at an angle). I’ve been meaning to try this pattern for a while, since it fairly closely approximates her very favorite dress—a blue and white striped high/low hem number that shows up in approximately 83.7% of my Instagram photos because it is the only thing she ever wants to wear. And she is getting dangerously close to growing out of it.
I cut a size 3 (her RTW size, and the size her measurements indicate she should be) and it fits her well. A little wide at the shoulders, and slightly shorter than I’d prefer, but pretty close to how RTW fits her (and not the disastrously large fit that I’d feared, based on sewing adult patters). Next time I’ll probably make the skirt a little longer, to allow room to grow.
I used fabric left over from making this dress for myself. It’s a mystery knit fabric found in a remnant table pile at a sketchy fabric store my mom and I went to while I was out visiting a few years ago. It’s not as stretchy as recommended, so I added a keyhole opening at the back neck to make it easier to get on and off. Instead of a loop and button, I made a tiny self-fabric bow, sewed it to one side of the opening, and used a hook and eye to attach it to the other. (I’d have preferred to use a snap, but I didn’t have one on hand, and like my mama used to say, “last-second-sewers can’t be choosers.” Okay, she never really said that. But she should.) I used a handy double needle to topstitch the neckline and hem the skirt and sleeves.
I managed to finish it on Monday night, so it was all ready for her to wear on Tuesday. She still doesn’t know what St. Patrick’s day is, and we didn’t come up with anywhere for her to wear it to—although I did post a picture on Instagram to ensure that I got adequate accolades for my efforts ;). But she loved it so much that she wouldn’t take it off that night when it was time for bed, so the effort was totally worth it. I realized when sewing it that it is the first thing (other than her blessing gown and a Halloween costume) that I’ve sewn for her since she was born. Hopefully this success will motivate me to sew again for her soon.