This was originally going to be her Valentine’s Day dress. Then I realized that Valentine’s Day is a Saturday this year. Boo! Then we got invited to a wedding! Yay!
Pattern: The Georgia Vintage Dress by The Cottage Mama, Lindsay Wilkes, one of my very favorite designers. This pattern is so classic and beautiful. There’s just no end to the gorgeous combinations possible with this pattern. I increased the size/length of the sash (because seriously, if ever a dress demanded a giant bow, this is that dress) and the pink on the bottom is a band (whereas the pattern calls for a separate underskirt layer). I also adjusted the size of the bib and made it ruffled (ruched?). (Updated: I’m told this technique in heirloom sewing is called “puffing” — It was actually inspired by Straightgrain’s improvisational pleating).
Fabric: The print is an Italian cotton from Ragtime. It’s very light, almost a shirting fabric. The green fabric, buttons, and pink trim are also from Ragtime, resulting from a really delightful solo shopping spree a couple weeks ago. The pink and the green rick rack came from my mom, I think from Joann’s. The green piping was leftover from the bubble dress.
Problems: None. This pattern is fantastic, and I’ve made it five or six times now. It all came together very quickly.
Lottie’s response: Loved it. I think I might have made her a little nervous about it because I really don’t want it to get dirty before the wedding. She was totally hamming it up for pictures though. You could tell she felt good about it. Plus, twirl factor? Epic: