That got me to wondering how many times I had used that pattern...and I was very surprised at the number. Let's recap...
My daughter was about 20 months in this photo...and this was the first real sewing I had done for her. I think one other dress attempt before this with another pattern when she was about 8 months old, that she wore maybe once, and was an awful fit! This was true to pattern, and I still love it. In fact, I've kept it! Corduroy with the cutest little buttons...
About 2 months later, I made it again...again, true to the pattern - this time I chose appliqued hearts. Loved the little tights with this one!
This one was her 2nd birthday dress! I left off the appliques, and made it from a stretchy merino wool knit. I used metal snaps rather than buttons.
Exactly the same as number 3, but for my little niece Emma, and in a jade-green colour, again for my daughter's second birthday, so Emma would be about 5 months. I think this is the first actual photo of me on my blog!! :)
Exactly the same as 3 and 4 but a scarlett red merino...can't find a photo...but made for my niece's first birthday...so no wonder no photo! My little boy was only about 4 weeks old then. I can't believe I was sewing!
I love this one! Blue is so my daughter's colour... This one was for a trip to my niece's 2nd birthday, so my daughter was about 3.5 years. I did white satin stitching around a deep hem - ended up looking like piping! I appliqued the daisy on the front. It's from Bunnycup Embroidery - I used plain coloured corduroy, and skipped the smiley face...but this is what it looks like close up...
For my niece's second birthday...just like her big cousin's, except orange!
This is my favourite of all I think. Lots of double thread contrast topstitching, and a lovely appliqued bird. I cut made the "bodice" section of the pattern in dark purple, and the "skirt" in light purple, and did reverse colour topstitching on each part. Made it at the same time as the daisy dresses...
After making so many of these dresses, I had a break from the pattern! This was was made for my daughter's first school visit. I sliced the pattern and put a white stripe up both the front and back. You can't see it from here, but when I stitched the hem - I used matching thread! So blue on blue, white in white. Yes, it took longer...but I thought it looked better! :)
This one she wore for her last day, and farewell from Kindergarten. I added a contrast strip at the hem, and did some topstitching detail. No appliques here! I was going to add pockets, but ran out of time! Also ran out of time to take a decent photo!
Wow...11 times I've made this dress. From toddler to school girl, and each year in between. She's growing up so fast!
For those of you interested, the pattern is New Look 6576 and New Look 6578 (baby or toddler sizes).