Each day it becomes more and more apparent that we were not mistaken in naming Wren for a chattering, warbling little songbird. Silent moments around this house are very rare, due mostly to her constant stream-of-thought conversations and her love for singing. My mother tells me that when she watches Wren play she feels like she's watching me as a toddler those many years ago.
It's exhausting but it's also the best. Even when I'm trying to get her to stand-the-heck-still for a photo op!I made one for my niece and was disappointed with how the ribbons both looked and functioned (or didn't function to stayed tied very well, as the case may be).
I also really wanted to try something with sleeves, since I always tend to make sleeveless pinafore/jumpers (as seen here, here, here, and here).Simplicity 5627) from my stash (also picked up at a thrift shop even more moons ago).
I primarily used the pattern to help form the bodice, and I added a soft blue cotton lining because the pillowcase I used is quite see-through. The skirt has much less fullness than the pattern calls for, simply because the pillowcase wasn't wide enough. But it still gathered very nicely at the waist. And I cut two strips to make the ties. The pattern suggested using ribbon around the waist, but I used leftover fabric instead because of my aforementioned opinions regarding ribbon.
Perhaps my favorite detail of all is that turquoise button at the collar. I asked Wren to choose whatever button she wanted for her dress, and I don't think I could have chosen better myself. PLUS, I didn't need to make any buttonholes, because a tiny loop of elastic is sewn between the bodice and lining instead.
I am in love with this dress for both the shape and the fabric. I want one for myself, but I don't think they make pillowcases that size...
Oh well. Let's enjoy a little song from the songbird herself, shall we?