The design comes from a family favorite, Peter in Blueberry Land. Warning, this link is for a mini version, not the nice big one I am holding here. At times all three girls have asked for a Cranberry Girl dress. I never got around to sewing one for Sadie or Delia, but when Lydia asked for one a few weeks ago, I realized it was the perfect dress for her costume and she got to choose it! Just like her sisters did. And boy am I happy it was an easy one. We have been sick, Pete's been working way too much overtime, and I have been working like crazy on birthcharts, so a nice simple dress was the perfect project. I sewed this in a day.
Here are the Cranberry Girls. The book falls open to this page, of course. Sadie and Delia have made it very clear they are still wanting Cranberry Girl dresses. Liddy is thrilled with her outfit. There is still a search for light green tights (!?) and red shoes, but I'm also pointing out to her how similar it looks to the picture, and trying not to dwell on what we are missing (like 4 more dresses).
She was having a hard evening right before I gave this to her. Being almost 4 is pretty hard, especially when your older sisters are not so into the loud crayon requests over and over and over again. When I gave this to her, her face lit up. I had the polishing cloth all ready, she ran to get an apple, (her version of a large cranberry) and the bonnet we already had—I'd sewn this for Sadie years ago. I had the fabric already for this project. It's white muslin and some really nice red cotton sateen. The binding on the neck is satin and there are three white buttons in the back. I drafted this pattern, but so many patterns would work for this, like McCalls 6197, but I'd save the yardage and just gather a rectangular piece for the skirt. She is now sick and slept in this dress last night. She woke up and said "it's wrinkled, but that's okay, I smoothed it out" and went back to sleep.
I have a new banner up (hello spring!) and new links and a new handy shop button taking you to a page showing everything I sell. All the PDF emailorders are hard to keep track of, hopefully this helps.