My little sweeties are all ready for Independence Day!
I couldn't resist buying some of Michael Miller's latest polka dot fabric to create this year's 4th of July outfits. It was too perfectly nautical to pass up.
Besides, you all know how I feel about polka dots.
You probably recognize the skirt pattern that I used for Eliza's skirt - it's my twirly skirt tutorial that can be found in my sidebar. The white "underskirt" isn't a fully secondary skirt - I have found that making 2 skirts attached at the waistband creates a very heavy skirt, especially one this long. Instead, I used a 7" wide band of white fabric, gathered it slightly, and attached it to the large polka dotted fabric at the same time I sewed on the small polka dotted fabric. So in that respect the skirt construction differs from my tutorial instructions.
Hazel's dress design, however, is brand new. I really wanted to make her a sailor dress, and since I couldn't find a pattern, I designed my own. I'm going to be creating a pattern for sale from this dress, just like I'm going to do for the aqua ruffle-full dress of Eliza's you saw a few posts ago. So please, nobody copy it and sell a pattern like it before I get my pattern ready for sale. (that should go without saying, but ya never know...) Her collar is a bit goofy, I have since fixed the "wing factor" in the shoulder area. My biggest obstacle is the grading to make the pattern different sizes...still working on that part.
Here's a (blurry) detail view of the little bow on the collar. Just a simple yo-yo with a bit of ribbon and a very, very cute button. It's my last one of those buttons...I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy more of them when they were on clearance last year.
Here are more of the darling flapper girl buttons. Those "pins" are actually hair bows that I made for last year's Independence Day outfits, (second post here) and they have barrette clips sewn on the backs of them. You can find the tutorial for those bows in my sidebar. I was able to get them to attach to the shirt by pinning little safety pins vertically on the shirt, and then sliding the barrette clip through the bar of the safety pin and clipping the barrette closed.
Hazel's on the run again, off to explore the trail ahead! It's good practice for the 4th of July parade coming up.
Thanks, by the way, for all the wonderful comments you have taken the time to write. I really, really appreciate the encouragement and compliments you send my way - thanks so much. I wish I had the time to respond to all of you, but with summer in full swing (and all my kids at home all day every day) and one less computer (the kids' old computer finally kicked the bucket for good so now we're sharing my computer), my screen time is pretty limited. Plus I'm gearing up for another wedding this weekend - my friend's daughter is getting married on Friday, and I'm the volunteer Wedding Reception Planner/Decorator/Cake Maker, so I'll have lots of exciting photos to show you next week!