A few months ago my Mom and I were shopping at a quilt store together. We didn’t *need* anything, but you know, sometimes it is just necessary to see what the quilt stores have. Well, we didn’t need anything until we saw this great sheep border fabric, and suddenly we *needed* to make Julia a new dress.
I got the fabric home and washed it, as usual. While folding it, Elena came over and insisted that she needed a dress made out of that sheep fabric! Hmmm. I called my Mom and we hemmed and hawed over that, thinking about how Elena is growing up and perhaps this fabric would just be too babyish for her. No final decision was made as it was still winter and I wasn’t making the dress anytime soon.
But you know what, when I brought out the fabric a couple weeks ago to make a dress for one of my girls, I finally came to the realization that my 6-year-old might seem really big, but she is still a little girl, and if she wants a dress made out of little sheep, then by gosh she’s going to get a dress with little sheep! My Mom whole-heartedly agreed. And the dress was made.
Elena just seems so big and grown up already, especially compared to her little sister. But seeing the dress on her, it is perfect and it is perfectly her. No matter how tall she is, she still needs lots of hugs, kisses, encouragement, and maybe even some cartoon sheep.
This pattern is one I’ve used many, many times before: New Look 6613 (some of my previous version can be seen here and here.) I altered the pattern slightly — mainly because I couldn’t cut the bottom of the skirt in a curve as drawn as it would cut the sheep border off, and also because I wanted the skirt to twirl some more.
There’s 2-yards’ length in that skirt!
So I used the entire length that we bought, gathered it and attached it to the bodice. I made the dress a size or two too big because I’ve gotten caught on Elena growing out of things way too fast. I now sort of wish I made it a bit truer to size, but it is still cute and will last for a while hopefully!
I put the straps close to the middle in the back of the dress hoping it would prevent them from falling down so much, but they still fall down some. I think maybe if I’d stuck with her size this would have worked better.
And on a side note, isn’t Grammy and Papa’s backyard great?!? The girls spend forever out there exploring. In this next picture, it is hard to tell but Elena is playing with a spider web, trying to see which strings are sticky and seeing if the spider will move: