Alix turned 4 this past Saturday. I’m sure many would mourn the end of the baby years, those first words, those first steps, those toothless grins. But not me. I’ll be honest.. those years were tough. Like really really hard. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m not maternal enough (someone said that to me this week). Or maybe I’m just a bit too critical of myself.
But now, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Alix is funny; like hilarious; we can have real conversations; she listens well; she wants to please; she can dress herself and has an opinion as to what she likes and what she doesn’t like; her idea of helping is actually helpful at times; taking her shopping no longer results with me loosing my shit in the produce aisle, abandoning the cart and crying in the driver’s seat of our minivan (with Alix safely buckled in of course). Yep, four will be a good year!
So to officially welcome this next year of Alix’s life, I went hard to work in my sewing room and created a birthday dress for Alix. Do you recognize the pattern? It’s the Caroline Party Dress my Mousehouse Creations. Although I have used the bodice pattern in the past to make Alix’s Downton Abbey dress, I had made serious modifications to the entire pattern and had therefore not followed the instructions. But this time around, I made almost no modifications. Let me say that this is a really well drafted pattern, with clear and precise instructions. Loved it!
What’s cool with this pattern is that depending on the fabric you choose, the dress will either look comfy and casual, or uber chic! I went as girly and princess-y as I could muster. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything so delicate looking!
The bodice fabric is a soft corral silk which ended up being easier to manipulate than I expected. The outer skirt fabric, on the other hand, was complete hell. But so beautiful, no? Love those little gold specs on cream chiffon Very sweet.
Do you like that lining fabric? It’s Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda, purchased locally.
My friend Stacey pointed out recently that a beautiful lining fabric poking through showed the love that went behind the creation of the garment. She’s so right… there’s so much love that goes behind these hand made garments and I like to think that a beautiful, soft and special lining is hugging my little girl. She’s smart that Stacey!
Due to my choice of a transparent chiffon, serging the seam allowance was not an option. Friends, I did my first French seams! There will be more of those in my future! Another slight modification I did was to stop the zipper at the bodice/skirt seam, otherwise the corral coloured zipper tape would have shown through the outer skirt. Luckily, the pattern includes sufficient ease that shortening the zipper does not pose a problem in terms of putting the dress on or taking it off. Good to know in case you run into the same issue..
Pattern: Caroline Party Dress size 5 with collar and full lining
Fabric: bodice main– corral silk (or is it satin?); bodice lining – Honey Honey by Kate Spain for Moda; skirt main- cream chiffon with gold dots; skirt lining- cream silk fabric
Bonne anniversaire ma belle grande Alix! Maman t’aime!!! XXX