This project helped me really understand the beauty of owning a fabric and pattern stash. I bought the pattern, McCalls 5835, two years ago and had not gotten around to using it yet. I bought the fabric, Weekends by Erin McMorris, at a local fabric store last summer. A pure whim based on my immediate love for it. Then, Matilda Jane Clothing came out with a design for this Spring called The Flutter. I realized I had this pattern laying around and, due to my youngest height, this would be the last time I could use it! She is already a size 4 at age three and a half.
This was a labor of love. I altered the width a bit because it was too wide, the first go round, for my tall but skinny girl. Then, I decided to make the ruffle a bit differently from the pattern. I used my serger to finish both sides of each ruffle with a rolled edge. I attached the wider ruffle first, right side to right side of the dress, as the pattern instructed. The thinner ruffle I attached in the middle of the fabric, so it sticks up on either side. Gives it a bit of drama, I think. I might copy Matilda Jane entirely and look for some ribbon to go down the middle of the ruffle. My girl likes it the way it is so I am also happy just leaving it alone.
Here is the inspiration, the Matilda Jane Clothing Company's Polly Wolly Flutter.
It is a cute and versatile pattern! McCalls 5835.
And here is my Eliza Rosie Flutter!
The kitty slippers make the outfit, right? Hee hee