I finished this dress, apron, and bonnet up a bit back. Thank you so much for all your great boot suggestions. We ended up getting these Smokey Mountain Boots and they fit her perfectly and are so sweet. I was worried they would be too stiff, but they aren't at all. They hadn't arrived yet when I took these photos, but hey, the Ingalls girls didn't wear shoes much anyway.
This was made from this same pattern I used for the girls' summer nightgowns. The dress, bonnet, and apron were a fine pattern. I do prefer a less poofy bonnet, like the pattern I sell, ahem. This one while probably more historically accurate, was still a bit big on Delia. She has a tiny head. I even decreased the brim width quite a bit and it still was huge. The fabrics were chosen by Delia in the Civil War reproduction section (oh, how I love this section!) over at Fabric Depot.
As she grows, I will add length to make it longer. I was really on the fence on how long to make it. She is still 5, almost 6, so the longer length just seemed too big girl for her. I didn't sew the dress exactly as the pattern described—I didn't add the ribbon drawstring on the neck nor around the waist, I just gathered it and stitched and didn't add the folded up hem detail. I also made this long sleeved. I also found these bloomers I made Sadie years ago, so that was a nice surprise.
in other news:
- In my constant quest for old-timey accessories, I am once again wanting a handmade broom, like I do every Fall. Like these from Broomchick. How is it I don't have one yet? This is the year.
- For Sadie's Little House dress, I am interested in the Child's Prairie Dress and Pinafore pattern by Folkwear. I know they carry Folkways patterns at Bolt, here in Portland. I need to pick this one up.
- Speaking of Bolt, you can see a wonderful post from Melissa on the Bolt Blog describing an awesome quilt she made. Outstanding! For the quilting she used the stellar machine quilting services by Tillie Studio. Here is the quilt on Melissa's personal blog as well. (And you all know Tillie Studio is Grammie, my Mom, right!?) Anyhoo, if you have tops you are wanting to get quilted before the holidays, for gift giving and all that, go ahead and give my mom a head's up e-mail now so she can schedule you in. The holiday's are coming fast!