Monday, February 20, 2012

Frida's blue dress

A few days ago Frida announced that blue was her favourite colour. For a 3-year-old fixated on all-things-pink, this was a breakthrough.

Yesterday, she announced that she wanted a blue dress, specifically one made from a DS Hope Valley print sitting in a stack for my Swoon quilt (currently on a very sloooow schedule -- just one block made...but that's another story!).

Together, Frida and I pulled some additional fabrics for a ModKids "Sydney" dress, which is a pattern I have been itching to make for her.  I had my eye on Sydney for several months, because Frida loves clothing with hoods.  After a tedious shipping fiasco with fabric.com I finally got a  copy of the pattern last month -- just as my workload intensified, and time for making a dress or two evaporated.

It is now "reading week" for Ontario universities, which for most students entails little reading.  Faculty, on the other hand, generally have a lot of reading to do -- but of course I am working in a little stitching time here and there (!).

I love ModKids patterns -- they are incredibly user-friendly and quick, and cute.  Here is Frida modelling her new Sydney dress (the short-sleeved option, with the rounded hood).  The only way I could get her to pose for a photo was by allowing her to stand on the glider/rocking chair, something that is usually prohibited!


As you can see, we paired the blue Hope Valley print with some lovely, soft teal Quilter's Linen (that stuff washes up beautifully -- I must get some more!), two of the pink Hope Valley prints, and a pink "Aunt Grace" repro fabric.


Frida adores this dress...and she was so enthusiastic about the making of it, asking so sweetly during last night's bath if we could just please attach the skirt so she could try it just one time before going to bed.  Of course, I acquiesced.  Frida fulfilled her end of the bargain by sitting quietly and calmly next to the sewing machine.  When I started the machine up, she said "I like that sound!"  That warmed my heart!


Once she went to sleep, I finished serging the waist seam and hemmed the sleeves.  She put it on as soon as she woke up this morning.

8 comments:

Lesly said...

That is a lovely dress! Isn't it nice when they want you to make something for them! I am enjoying reading week, too - my daughter is home from McGill and it's great to have a bit of a break mid-term.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous dress for a gorgeous girl!!

Jan-Maree said...

Oh how precious! The cherub and the dress!

Catherine said...

what a gorgeous dress (and a gorgeous model too!)

Maxine Schacker said...

I can't for the life of me figure out how to post a comment. so I finally clicked on reply! I posted this on my facebook page. It's such a lovely glimpse into Frida's life, and she is such a lucky little girl.

LizA. said...

Too cute....sounds like she will be driving that sewing machine pretty soon......

WandaFish said...

Frida looks adorable! I might just have to buy that pattern and make one for my little girl :)

Tong said...

She is so cute in that dress!! And I love that she sits there with you when you sew (AND even loving the sound of the sewing machine), you know what you means! You have a little future seamstress!