One of the things I dreamed about when I found out I was having a girl, was the Christmas and Easter dresses I would sew for her- but real life with a baby/toddler often gets in the way of realizing these dreams- especially if I wait until the last minute!
That’s why I was so excited to sew up the new baby Ainsley Dress by Made for Mermaids– their styles are always perfect for my girly girl (don’t underestimate her though, she can take down toddlers twice her size!) and this new one was no exception.
The bodice of this dress is made out of knit, while the skirt and sash are made from wovens (see my Wovens 101 post here). I like the unique method of constructing the waistband, and love the ruched sleeves so much I’d like to hack it into a fancy t-shirt for more everyday wear.
I envisioned it as the perfect holiday dress, and I dove into my stash and revealed a burgundy and teal plaid cotton lawn of unknown origin for the skirt, a burgundy cotton/silk blend for the sash, and a matching bamboo spandex knit from Pretty Posh Prints for the bodice.
I have upwards of three yards of this plaid lawn, which was intended as a classic button up shirt for myself. However, just thinking about all that stripe matching was exhausting, so it’s sat on my shelf for a few years. This dress seemed like the easiest way to use some of it up without giving myself a headache, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
As usual, capturing these photos was an exercise in patience, baby manipulation and luck- any time she sees a dog, she stands still, so I usually just pray for a dog to be out for a walk during our photo shoots!
and check out the other things I’ve made for this precious girl HERE
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