Any new pattern for a little girl that comes into the shop is exciting for me. Especially since I have a little girl that I love to sew for. I try to make her a few dresses in the summer to reflect her personality and things she’s into.
We are lucky enough to live in an area where we frequently encounter horses on our evening or weekend walks and my girl just loves them. She screams “NEH!” at them as loud as she can and gets so excited to see the horseys on our walk. That is when I decided she needed a dress with horses that she could “neh” at whenever she wanted.
The Girls Raglan Dress is something I had made before, and it was quick and fun with a simple construction. I wanted to make one for Quinn, but my girl just turned 2 and was too small for the pattern size which starts at 3T. I decided to take a risk and adjust the pattern to fit my tiny one. I took in the front and back bodice pattern pieces at the center fold line about ¼”, which didn’t interfere with the fit of the sleeves. I did this to the facing piece, also at the center fold line, as I knew it would be affected. I also ended up having to chop off a good 5” in length and about 2” or more on the sleeves and I raised the pockets so her tiny arms could reach her tiny hands into them. I’ve come to love installing invisible zippers, so when given the choice with this dress, it was easy. It’s such a polished and clean look, easy to install and even easier for dressing a squirmy and difficult toddler.
This Stay Gold line from Aneela Hoey had the most perfect horses I could have asked for and I knew my girl would love them. I chose to do a contrasting pocket with these beautiful yellow flowers, which I also used for the facing. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I think she loves it too. She calls it her “Horsey dress” and loves to put treasures in her oversized pockets. I think she might have a few more of these in her future.