I am ready for warmer weather! In the midst of the current New England cold spell, I have started thinking about clothes H. can wear in the summer. I’ve been looking through my patterns and coming up with a mental list of items I want to make for H.’s spring and summer wardrobe.
Since I am a sucker for Japanese sewing books and have an entire book shelf to prove I have an unhealthy obsession with them, I’m determined to make most of her new clothes from the books I already have.
A few years back, I purchased this lovely little book by Junko Okawa
Using some a light blue and white striped fabric and a white on white polka dot print from my stash, I made the dress with ruffle trim from this book. The hems of both the ruffle and the dress are unfinished. When I washed the fabric, the selvedge for the white polka dots had a nice even fray to it, so I used that for the ruffle and the lining. I went ahead and finished off the hem of the dress since I had added a longer seam allowance when I was tracing the pattern. For the button, I used a navy blue button from my vintage button stash. The pattern called for the adorable ruffled sleeves, but I left those off. Now, the dress is totally reversible.
Here are photos for the blue and white striped side with the polka dot ruffle peeking out:
Here is H. trying on the white-on-white polka dot side of the dress:
I made it for a 5 year old. Even though the dress is still a bit big in the chest area, I think I could have made the dress a bit longer.
Do you recognize the hat H, is wearing? I made this bobbled tam for me last year, but H. has claimed it as her own. I think it looks much better on her than it did on me.