I can see why the geranium dress pattern from Made By Rae is so popular. The top I made in April is one of Es’s favorites. So I decided to make another one. This is a size 3T with a bit of added length. The top should fit for another year because it is roomy (her chest measurements are probably a 2T size). I tried the View A flutter sleeves this time.
The main fabric is Kaffe Fassett paperweight (in lime, I think) with some Kona cotton for the lining. Between the fabric and the flutter sleeves this is a far more whimsical look than I’d normally pick. But the flutter sleeves were actually quite fun. The pattern suggests you finish the sleeves with a zig-zag stitch along the raw edge. Unfortunately, my machine tends to do funny and not terribly presentable things with the zig-zig stitch. So instead I cut an extra sleeve from the lining fabric and sewed the fabrics together along the outside edge. This made a lining for the sleeve and left no raw edges. I’m still wondering if I should have topstiched the edge. I guess we’ll see after a washing.
Last time I hand stitched the bodice lining. I wish I’d done that here instead of topstitching. The hand stitching definitely looks nicer, although the topstitching was definitely faster! And Es picked out the buttons- again, more whimsical than I would have selected. But they were a lot less interesting than her other choices, which included buttons that looked like baseballs, glittery dragonflies, and large birds. Fabric and notion shopping with a three year old is really quite fun, if not incredibly productive. I love seeing what patterns and items she is drawn to as we wander the aisles.
We visited a new spray park today and she was so thrilled by the entire experience that she was uninterested in doing any kind of posing for pictures. So I got a lot of action shots:
This pattern has such a great fit. I just love it. I’m trying to figure out a way to make more for the winter. Maybe in corduroy with no sleeves, to be worn over long sleeve tshirts? For now, I just cut out another one for a friend’s baby. I didn’t sew for Es when she was this size and there is something so fun about these tiny pieces!
I’m about halfway done, hoping Es takes a nap today so I can finish it up and maybe make some matching shoes. And in-between I’m working on some baby socks for our baby. My first pair of socks and there have been some troubles. Making the gusset on sock #1 was a challenge. I’m off to bookclub tonight with some knitting friends, hoping for advice.