It was a very productive weekend without a little toddler on my heels chanting "Up! Up!" all day long. All I can say is, God bless grandparents! But I missed her like crazy, so of course everything I ended up sewing was Phoebe-related.
I did manage to clean my craft room and will be posting about that later, but after taking these pictures of Phoebe in her new Halloween dress, I just couldn't resist posting these first. I apologize for the picture-laden post, but I just can't resist how adorable she is!
This is another pattern from Heidi and Finn - the Perfect Little Party Dress. I can't even believe how fast this came together - it took less than an hour. After using two patterns by Heidi and Finn, I would definitely recommend them for a beginning sewer. They are emailed to you immediately as a PDF and have lots of clear instructions and photos.
It comes with pattern sizes 12 month - 5T. Of course, Phoebe happens to be wearing size 18 month right now, so I just extended the 12 month pattern a bit, and added a couple inches in length because she's quite tall for her age anyhow. I didn't make any other adjustments; I contemplated on shortening the sashes because I don't like the look of a huge bow, but since the dress ended up being a little wide, I was able to wrap them around her twice and it fit perfectly.
This dress was made on the cheap as well. I got the polka dot fabric on sale at Joann's - you can definitely tell it's of terribly cheap quality - but for a Halloween dress that will only be worn a couple of times, it doesn't bother me too much. The sash is made out of a curtain that had a previous life as duvet cover from Ikea.
I have a terrible habit of never buying matching thread with my fabric. I always find tons of thread at garage and estate sales, so I just try to find the closest match that I have on hand. While making this dress I discovered that people must not use orange thread all that much. So don't look too closely at the hems, which are stitched in red.
But I think Phoebe likes it anyway.