So then I needed a pattern - The Party Dress over at The Cottage Home was the perfect one!
Some ways I remixed the pattern:
--the biggest remix was using that Rosette Fabric - it gave a whole new dimension to the dress.
-- I cut the neckline a little wider and lower, so it has more of a slight boatneck on my dresses. (you can see it best in that top photo)
-- My girls are 8 and 6, but I just used the size 5 bodice and used a smaller seam allowance.
-- The original pattern calls for a big gather on the skirt part. That wouldn't work with the rosette fabric (I thought it wouldn't lay right with a big gather) so I adjusted the skirt part. I also needed to make it longer since I wasn't doing a band. I cut the following sizes:
Size 8: 18 inches by 22 inches
Size 6: 18 inches by 20 inches
--I wish I would have hand-stitched the hem, but I'm lazy :)
--I just used the width of the fabric for the sash instead of cutting to the exact measurements in the pattern - it make for super long sashes, so I will follow the pattern next time!
Did you notice the hair bling that they're sporting?? It's from Simply Sweet and it's so cute!
One is wearing a clip on her pin-curled bun, and one is wearing a headband. I tried to get her to wear it in that across-the-forehead way, but she wasn't up for it, and I think she's working it just as a regular headband:
So if you need something for a photo shoot, or everyday wear, check out Simply Sweet on etsy - - you'll find something you just have to have!