Wednesday, September 26, 2012

bunny dress

if i was the type of person who named the dresses i make, i’m certain i could come up with a whopper for this one.

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in case you’re confused, the above is not a name. it’s simply a statement of fact. here comes ellie cottontail. period.

the fabric is just the right mix of formal + a touch of whimsy: the staid trellis pattern punctuated with hopping pink bunnies, the bright turquoise and hot pink color combo.

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it practically screamed TAKE ME HOME AND MAKE ME A DRESS! I WANNA BE A DRESS FOR ELLIOT!
who am i to ignore the siren sounds of fabric?

the front of the dress is simple.

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deep box pleats for fullness, pom trim at the hem, and a bit of a scallop around the neckline keep it from being too simple.

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but the back. oh the back.

i’m a sucker for a peekaboo diaper cover (like this one). it’s the only time in a girl’s life when a peek of what’s under her skirt is neither highly embarrassing nor extremely risqué. instead it’s just the right touch of vintage and a healthy dose of stinkin’ adorable.

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oh yeah. i love it.

i cut a big open circle in the back bodice, and closed the dress with two chubby white buttons. then, rather than sew up the back skirt seam, i just folded over the two edges and hemmed them separately.

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that’s it. just those two buttons are the only things attaching this dress. the skirt is split and i sewed four rows of pom trim on to the matching diaper cover.

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and her little mini-rabbit-tail covered bottom is out there for all the world to see.

needless to say, i try my hardest to make her bend over as much as possible. we go up and down stairs (backwards, like any good toddler big baby)

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we draw with sidewalk chalk.

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can you tell i love this dress?
dress +
black strappy shoes +
ruffled socks +
white bow +
golden curls +
one fresh soft pretzel to ensure cooperation +
those baby blues…

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that one curl there on the left? the longest one? that one’s my favorite.

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= one completely smitten momma.

it’s these times when i’m sewing and i start cackling excitedly. yes, cackling. like a chicken. i call jeremy over—look what i just thought of! these are the times are when he looks at me and shakes his head. you’re having way too much fun with this, he says to me.

will i cry when this dress is done with, outgrown and passed along?

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you bet your cottontailed bottom i will.

 

p.s. does anybody else notice the left hand? in almost every shot—she holds it out so…properly. like a little lady. ;) i didn’t see it until i was editing these photos. cracks me up.

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10 comments:

  1. Darling dress-- almost as cute as your little girl!
    Mary, momma to many, including 6 girls

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  2. That dress is just beautiful, love it! Your little darling is precious! They sure grow up too quickly.

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  3. cuter than a bugs ear...the baby and the dress. love those pompoms!

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  4. Ohhhh the ball trim! You slay me. Now I wish I had a babygirl to sew for!

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  5. Thait is adorable

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  6. I love it!! This dress is adorable!! Love the back and the neckline and the pom poms! Cackle away, lady, this is incredible!

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  7. What a precious dress! Very well done. :)

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  8. thanks everyone! i appreciate the comments!

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  9. Such a darling little dress! ...and that diaper cover, sooo cute!

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