Every little girl deserves to feel like a princess now and then. So, for Christmas this year, I custom made a lovely little Princess Dress for my cousin’s 4 year old daughter Lily.
Unlike most of the previous custom projects I’ve done, I had no opportunity to fit Lily in her dress, or even to take her measurements – this was supposed to be a surprise after all! To determine how large to draft the pattern and make the dress, I searched for toddler growth charts online. I know Lily is a little taller and a little more slender than most girls her age, and I planned to make the dress just a bit on the large size for her so she can wear it for a while. And fortunately the result is a dress that fits great and should continue to fit for at least the year!
The design was a lot of fun. With no specific requirements in place, I was able to really leave it all up to my imagination! I sorted through my drawers of fabric remnants and paired up different colors to ultimately choose the pink and gold that are lovely on Lily’s complexion. I browsed the aisles at JoAnn’s to pick out ribbons, beaded trim and satin bows to embellish the dress. And I bought yards and yards of baby pink tulle to make a layered, ruffled petticoat so the dress would have a nice full skirt!
I made it up as I went along, holding pieces of trim up to the bodice first one way, then another, until I was happy with the result. Even I didn’t really know what the dress would look like until it was nearly complete. I don’t normally allow myself such a fluid creative process, and it was very enjoyable!
A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!