Brace yourself. I’m about to go overboard on the pictures again. How many is too many do you think? I always wonder that when I’m editing pictures – “if this wasn’t my child, would I still think it’s the cutest picture and must be included?” Today Addie is modeling my version of the Edelweiss Dress, another darling Hey June pattern.
The story of how this particular dress came to be is….interesting. I pondered over fabric combos on this one for quite a while. I really have to shop from the fabrics in front of me and literally hold them in place where they’ll go before I figure out if I like a combo or not. So, I finally paired up this white and gray polka dot with the solid coral/peach and then had the brilliant idea to use eyelet lace instead of the ruffle for the sleeve. So, I cut out all my pattern pieces, decide to add the contrast band on the bottom of the skirt there and then I start constructing the lace/ruffle pieces. I get them all prepped and start sewing everything when I realize – it wasn’t my brilliant idea to use the eyelet at all. I was totally in the middle of straight up copying Jessica’s adorable “When We Were Young Striped Dress.” With Jess’ blessing, though, I treaded on, still loving the eyelet with the lightness of the gray dot and the summery pop of peach. Of course, I didn’t have enough eyelet, so my straps are a little shorter than they should be. And I miscalculated (even after checking myself three times) and cut the skirt too short. I finished the dress not knowing if it would even button across Addie’s back. It was just one of those days when I probably shouldn’t have been in the sewing room at all. BUT! It did fit Addie and actually looks pretty flippin’ adorable. Since it was short, I pulled out some knit bloomers that have eyelet on the bottom and I couldn’t be happier with the vintage-y look.
I have nothing but love for the pattern itself. The Edelweiss pattern was just as clear and understandable as I found the Narita Dress Pattern. I love the way that Adrianna puts together her patterns and uses illustrations for the step by step instructions – makes it so easy to follow.
I really, really love the back details of this dress, especially. The way the straps fall on the outside of the shoulder blades and the low cut of the back bodice are so pretty and feminine.
I also love how the skirt of the dress/tunic has just the right amount of body. It puffs out just enough and twirls a bit, but doesn’t overwhelm the little people with too much fabric.
The little model was being really sassy for this photo shoot – she had a lot of her own ideas about where and how she would stand or sit. A lot of her ideas were different than mine. It turned out good though, as long as you’re not tired of my weeds in the background of all the blog pictures. hahaha!
You can see a whole bunch more renditions of the Edelweiss Dress and Top by following along the Hey June pattern tour over at Crafterhours. Also, be sure to check out Kristin’s cute woodland dress from yesterday and Shauna’s gorgeous blue top here.
Now, go get yourself an Edelweiss Dress Pattern and start sewing! Bonus is that you get to sing “Edelweiss” to yourself and anyone that will listen the whole time you’re sewing…