M has a new dress! I recently bought two different Cotton Friends from SuperBuzzy (it had been ages since I’d bought a pattern book!). They arrived yesterday, and I was so excited that I had to try a pattern right after dinner. This little dress is from Vol. 35 – Summer 2010, which seems to be sold out now at SuperBuzzy. I also got Vol. 37. I don’t like quite as much, but the child’s coat pattern is one I think I’ll use down the road.
Anyway, this was a really simple design, the type of thing that you almost don’t need a pattern for, although it makes it easier. I used the grey linen-ish material I was going to use for a pair of trousers — changed my mind. I like it better as a dress. I used some bias tape I already had instead of making my own, so it was a little narrower than the pattern called for. And I decided to add the lace trim for a little interest, since the fabric is so plain. I love it! I chose a solid fabric so I can pair the dress with other patterned things — M’s fleecy vest, for instance, is reversible, with a print on the other side. Or she could wear her stripey tights with it. That sort of thing.
I made the 80cm (smallest) size. I assume that refers to height? (The books are all in Japanese, of course, so Arabic numerals are about the only characters I recognize.) M is probably 29″+ tall, and 80cm is 31.5″. So it’s a pretty good fit. I was expecting the kids’ patterns to be for slightly older children, so it’s exciting that I can make some of the patterns to fit M now / this winter.
The shirt under the dress, by the way, is a Gerber onesie. M’s been wearing the 12mos size for quite a while, and the white three-pack I’d bought all had stains around the neck. I was dying some blue jeans with black dye (I bought the jeans on-line, and they’re soooo blue, but they fit perfectly. I tried toning them down with some grey dye, but it didn’t do anything. Now they’re still quite blue, but at least very dark blue.) — what was I saying? Oh yeah, so I threw the onesies into the black dye, figuring anything would be better than stains. I left them in for different lengths of time, but they all came out this dusty lavender color. I love it!