The plan was hatched about a month ago… my mother made a lovely little Easter dress for Baby V. She found some adorable little cotton prints, and then fancied it up with some lace edging and little button yo-yos across the bodice. Mom is a very talented seamstress, and Baby V seems to have re-awakened that interest (she made so many lovely things for my sisters and I when we were young!) in the sewing machine. Mom spent the first part of March in California with Mimi and Baby V, where she presented the dress.
While mom was there, we talked about adding a little shrug or bolero for the dress (because Monterey has those breezes off the ocean… *sigh*). Mom was intending to buy a little something, but I decided to take matters in my own hands… I sent some photos of the possibilities and we compared notes. I didn’t want to take away from the dress, and I wanted the colors to match well. Mom directed me to some fabric swatches at her house, which really helped in the color-finding stage.
I settled on the sweet and simple Debbie Bliss pattern, a free pattern that also appears in her Simply Baby collection. The simple collar would not interfere with the Peter Pan collar and lace of the dress – and it looked like a nice simple style to match.
Baby knits are fast and simple, and I mailed it off last week (after snapping a few model-less shots) – hoping to goodness that it would fit and work well with the dress. It’s hard to fit a baby by proxy!
So, it was especially thrilling to open up my email inbox and find these photos yesterday!
The dress (!) fits her so well, and my mom’s amazing skills really shine – and the shrug pales in comparison (but is still really cute and it fits!) I used the Kraemer Tatamy Tweed cotton/acrylic blend that I bought last summer (with intention to use for Baby V!) – it’s lavender with little green and white flecks inside. Perfect for the dress! I was a bit nervous about the sleeve length, but it works so well. I changed the ribbed edging to seed stitch so that it would not take away from the dress. The pattern was simple and sweet – and easy to construct with only a simple seam under the arms.
She is all ready for Easter and spring with this cheery little ensemble! Mimi reports that even at six-months she is quite the fashionista …I have more planned!
And seeing this little “thank you” video from Mimi and Baby V made this auntie SO happy!