It’s time to make some more dresses for a little girl. I want to try some more embroidered Mexican dress ideas, but the weather is very cold this year, here in California and in the Midwest where the little girl lives. She is at the age where the idea of wearing anything but a dress is a crime against femininity, so I want to make some dresses that are warmer. Ideas so far are long sleeves, and an attached slip to add a layer of warmth. Lots of little girls hate the idea of wearing a slip, but if it is part of the dress, especially if it has some frills or ruffles, it wins approval. The slip would be cut from the same pattern as the skirt portion of the dress and attached to the yoke with the main fabric, though the rest of it will hang free.
Here’s the pattern, McCalls 5695:
Pockets could be added to the front:
The little girl these dresses are for loves ribbons, lace and sparkle. I saw some really pretty sparkle buttons in the fabric store on sale for half off, but while I was standing in line for the cashier, I read the back of the button card and saw that the instructions say the buttons could not be washed or dry cleaned. This is so ridiculous that I put the buttons back. What good are buttons that can’t ever go through the wash? What are the manufacturers thinking?
Embroidery motifs for a little dress include hearts, butterflies, flowers, and unfortunately, not robots. I have some really colorful and fun robot designs. Fabrics could be a soft corduroy, soft denim, linen blends, and maybe even velvet.