I loved writing the title of this post, Sewing a little girl's Christmas dress. It makes me smile and a total feeling of pleasure. I love little girls, I was one and I raised two. I got to sew clothes for them but it seemed like I was so darn product oriented then as my life was so busy. I am getting the most delicious experience of life right now, a chance to do once more that which I loved about my past.
I bought the fabric for Zara's Christmas dress in July when we were in Indianapolis, that's how long I've been savoring and anticipating this experience.
However I was apparently so excited that I didn't notice the pattern was for sizes 3 to 5. That will be one big dress for her! So I went with the birthday dress pattern which I love and fit her well.
I decided to make the straps fixed as when she crawled in the bday dress she pulled the tied straps right out of the button hole. I also sewed the two skirt parts together at the hem before I sewed them onto the bodice.
This cute little dress sews up in about an hour. Probably the only tedious part is putting in the basting stitches at the top.
As the fabric is doubled, I had to really pull on those threads carefully so that none would break. I did a double line of basting just in case.
We had the whole group there for breakfast with Santa and Zara looked quite fetching.
We were anticipating that her reaction to Santa might not be so welcoming and we were right. He was wearing gloves which freak her out.
If that wasn't enough happiness, Z got to pop into a Yelp event and had her first taste of chocolate at the Yelp Holiday event. She wore the dress on the reverse side and a bib!
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