Well this is an outfit that nearly didn’t happen! But I do love how it came together in the end.
I used pattern number 8 from Ottobre Design 3/2014 for the dress. The pattern is adorable and has these really cute little cap sleeves that peak out from underneath the binding that goes over the shoulder. But I had such a terrible time trying to get it to work. It just wouldn’t go, and the more I tried the worse it got!
So I ended up cutting around the whole armhole to remove all the binding and the little sleeve that was giving me grief. Then I did new binding around to make little narrow shoulder straps. I was worried that the armholes would be too big, but as a pinafore they work just right.
The fabric for this outfit is all from stash. The floral and the dotty-stripe I bought together ages ago and they’ve been sitting there doing nothing ever since. The green, which is a real “kermit” green is also from stash, it was one of those things where afterward I always wondered what I was thinking, because it was such an unusable colour, but it perfectly matched the green of the other fabrics and worked as an accent colour.
The binding around the neckline also ended up going crazy so I did what any normal person would do, and I covered the messy bit with a large novelty button!
The dress is an a-line shape and is perfect for playing, the length is just right and the amount of movement it gives is enough without being too much and having the skirt get in the way.
When my husband first saw these he said they looked too big – I explained that the rise on baby pants is high to allow coverage of nappies! The legs are not really that long, these are only 3/4 length pants.
The pants are made using the coordinating pattern number 6 from Ottober Design 3/2014. I love how the dotty-stripe fabric works for these little pants. I think they’re just adorable on Veronica. I changed the band at the legs into a gentle ruffle, with just a rolled hem, which I think works really nicely with the rest of this outfit.
I just did plain round shapes for the knee patches, using some scrap blue knit fabric I had leftover from making things for Jonathan. And I did put the patches exactly where the pattern was marked, but they aren’t quite in the right place, maybe she’ll grow into them?
I do love this outfit, and she loved playing at the park. So here are some more pictures, just because I can.