Thursday, October 30, 2008
This dress is called the "Baby Deer" dress from the 1/2008 issue of Ottobre, but I like to think of it as "Baby Dear." I have been drawn to this dress pattern ever since I received the magazine, but I just wasn't sure if it was too babyish for my Emily. Every picture I saw of others' Baby Deer dresses were all simply adorable, and I finally gave in and made one for my little girl. The design is simple but appealing. I think this could very well be my Emily's Christmas dress this year.
Pinafore dress with buttons at the shoulders and piping trim at the yoke and lower skirt. The picture in the magazine shows the dress with a little deer appliqued on the front.
European sizes 62-92; I made a size 92. I lengthened the dress by 5 inches.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Same design, but totally different look because of the color and fabric differences.
I used a baby corduroy for the main fabric and a cotton woven print for the contrast piping and bodice lining.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the dress by 5 inches. From reading others' descriptions of this dress, I read (and measured!) that this pinafore dress would be plenty wide enough for my daughter. Although I typically would make her a size 98, this size 92 dress fits perfectly with the added length.
I omitted the deer applique on the front of the skirt. Instead, I made a rosette flower with fabric, ribbon and buttons and attached it to a safety pin. This way I can take the rosette off before washing the dress.
My button stash did not yield the right kind of buttons I was looking for, and so I combined two buttons together. Yes, the little red button fit right inside the black button just perfectly. I used these buttons at the shoulders and on the flower embellishment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again---perhaps for my granddaughter someday. It's such a cute dress and I do recommend it!
When I showed the dress to Emily she told me, "Oh! This dress is so pretty!" I think she likes it. : )