I have been excited to try out Rae's Geranium Dress pattern since she released it last December. I finally found myself without a sewing project in progress last week and decided I couldn't wait any longer. This fabric has been sitting in my stash since the end of last year and, while I loved the print, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. The Geranium Dress seemed like a perfect opportunity to use it. Most of the way through cutting it out I realized I wasn't going to have enough fabric for the lining, so I searched through my remnants and found a neutral linen fabric that would work well enough. When you're impulsive you have to improvise. The main fabric of the bodice is a quilting cotton and the skirt is a lightweight corduroy. I acquired both at the crazy pre-Christmas Joanne's sale. The combo feels very fall to me, but you know how difficult it is to stop yourself when you get inspired to make something. She'll wear it in the fall, eventually.
I love that the Geranium Dress pattern offers so many different style options - and endless combinations of those options. I kept things relatively simple, omitting the notch collar, and opting for the faux-cap sleeves. I chose to make a gathered skirt rather than one with pleats and used a kit to cover the buttons in the bodice fabric.
You know your project is a success when your girl asks if she can wear her dress right now. No matter that today is one of those 7 degree days. "Well, I'll just wear it over my warm clothes." Music to a sewing mama's ears. And for this girl who has apparently come down with a bit of pneumonia (she hides it well in the pictures, no?), how could I possibly say no? She has also already informed me that she will be wearing it to Lola's birthday party - in April. The girl likes to plan ahead.
This pattern was so easy and such a pleasure to work with I'm tempted to start another - I already have some fabric lined up and ready. But it will have to wait a bit longer as I turn my attention to our boy. Rae from Made-By-Rae and Dana from MADE will be hosting Celebrate the BOY starting next week, a two week long event featuring sewing for boys.
I'll see you there next week!