So for my signature look for my daughter, which is SO different from what I sew for my sons, I had to go with fancy. My boys get practical clothes, and sometimes my daughter does too, but when I really want to create something fun, it’s usually for the princess. Skirts and dresses are so exciting to embellish!
In addition, I usually find something I like and experiment with it in all kinds of ways. That is exactly what I did with this pattern from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.
Tea Party Dress.
My first dress was cut for a friend, and I had the rabbits cut before I cut the collar, and they didn’t quite fit, although I do kind of adore how they peek over the edges…
In addition, I used the baby pattern to make her doll a dress. It turned out too big, but it is still cute…
So that was dress number one (and two if you count the doll).
Next up I made my daughter a dress. She joined the tea party with her friend before her dress was done…
Then I finished her dress…
And made her doll a dress. This time I narrowed teh shoulders on the baby dress and it worked perfect.
Next up I tried something with a knit yoke. Not ideal, but still fun.
And I made one with a knit bottom for a friend’s granddaughter.
And then I FINALLY felt ready to tackle the big deal. The main event. The luxurious dress to top all dresses.
I had been given a bag of real, honest to goodness rabbit fur, you know, all stitched together on the underside with a bit of papery fabric.
So I cut into the fur. It made the mother of all messes…
I chose a silky burgundy lining and gorgeous tapestry brocade and got to work.
The pattern is so wonderful, and it came together quickly and beautifully.
So there you have my signature style- over the top and exceedingly fun and quite a bit unpractical. I also love to mix casual and formal elements. Basically just playing around and learning new stuff as I go.