You know what else makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside? This kid.
She is amazingly observant, has a ridiculously good memory, and a great sense of humor. But you know what I love most about her? Her zest for life. She is full of joy and a joy to be around and just when I think I couldn't love her more, I do.
But before I get too sentimental, here's a little about this dress. The pattern is the Caroline Party Dress pattern by Welcome to the Mouse House. I cut out a size five bodice because O's a slender little thing and I cut the length of the skirt somewhere between the recommendations for a size 5 and size 6. I wanted the skirt to be very full so I cut the width of the skirt the entire width of the fabric and just gathered it when sewing the dress together.
The fabric is a cotton lawn from Cotton and Steel and it's just as lovely as everyone says it is. O picked it out because we had gone to an aquarium a couple weeks ago and we both fell in love with an octopus named Melanie at the aquarium. When she saw this fabric she immediately yelled "Melanie!" and I knew that it was a done deal. I debated about adding some additional elements to the dress (piping!) but in the end I decided to let the craziness of an octopus dress speak for itself.
I was originally going to with a solid coral cotton for the lining fabric but when I went to the fabric store I saw this Michael Miller print and was instantly smitten. I did have a moment when I thought it might violate some laws of nature to mix a safari animal with an ocean animal, but O assured me that it was okay so I went ahead and added the zebra print. I used a zipper that I just had at home so it's a bit shorter than the recommended zipper length but she's able to get the dress on just fine. Also, I don't know what my problem is lately, but zippers have become the bane of my existence. First my problems with this project, and then I could not get the seams to line up straight when installing this zipper. I swear I ripped it out and sewed it back in about five times, each time thinking "I won't let you best me, zipper!"
PS - The littlest one, of course, also wanted in on the action and considering that she was wearing a little bubble skirt that I made ages ago for O, I was happy to oblige. Man, those are some cute little legs.