While she was sleeping I made a Bumblebee dress for Little Monkey.
I wanted to use lovely blue cotton with flowers on it for the dress and lace for embellishment, but Little Monkey had a different idea. She picked this brown quilting cotton with fun print and declared that she wanted 'this one'. Arguing with a three year old is pointless. It really is. Besides, I liked her choice of fabric. I mean, just look at it! It is so fun and childish!
Because the print is pretty busy I decided to omit the ruffles and use piping to embellish the bodice instead. I made piping out of the same fabric I used to line the bodice. I just love the pop of green on this dress!
There are two things you need to know about my daughter. One - she loves pockets. Two - she loves buttons (as well as cars, dinosaurs, trains and ice cream. Oh, and her Mummy and Daddy of course). So I added simple patch pockets to the dress and used piping to embellish them... because I am not addicted to piping at all. I mean, not a little bit... which might be a little lie.
Self-covered buttons for the back closure? Yes please!
Little Monkey loved her new dress! She gasped with delight when I showed her the buttons. We had a lot of fun looking and talking about the characters on the fabric. The pockets comfortably accommodated Lightning McQuinn, the Fast Car (Francesco, the F1 car from Cars 2), and a couple more of her favourite cars, as well as a hand full of small stones, a couple of flowers and some general rubbish, which a three year old consider treasure of course.
The dress was an absolute delight to make. I love the timeless style, and there are opportunities to get creative and customise the dress. The pattern comes in sizes 3 months to - wait for it - 12 years! Instructions are clear and photos accommodating every step make the process so easy!
Are you completely in love with the pattern? Then you will be happy to know it is only US$5 at RaeAnna's shop during the tour. You are also welcome to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of the Bumblebee pattern.
Would you like to see what other blog tour participants created using this pattern?