Grace’s first day of school was a few weeks ago, and, of course, I had to make her a new dress to start school in. I had this pattern picked out a long time ago– McCalls 8859 from 1983. I made my standard changes to the pattern by cutting off the seam allowance around the neck and lengthening it to knee length. It ended up a little longer than that, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s fine, because now there’s some growth room! Gracie requested a “pink Pooh dress”, so this fabric was my only option.
I made bows to match, too. Grace is pleased as punch about being big enough for school and has been proclaiming how she’s a “Big-big kid now!” Instead of the appliques, I tracked down vintage 90s Classic Pooh buttons and made simple “frogs” from pink cording.
It’s a little surreal that I made a dress for Bit that my mom could have made for me! The piping is whipstitch piping I had in my stash from a grab bag I bought a while ago.
The pleats were different on this one–they have underlays in them, making the pleats a little different than average. The buttons are actually Gracie’s favorite part!
I think the only improvement I could have made was to add pockets.
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