|Addy enjoys modeling.|
|American Girl's cheaply made and sucky version...|
(not my photo)
|...vs. the book illustration!|
I had so much fun making this dress! From the search for an appropriately yellow fabric and mint trim just the right shade,
|I couldn't find yellow striped fabric, so I sewed down stripes of cream-colored ribbon instead.|
to the pretty lace on the petticoat and the pleating of all that tiny trim (it may seem tedious but I adore it)
to the meticulous skirt gauging, I enjoyed every minute. I don't know, I just really enjoy the challenge of making something similar to a picture, finding the right fabrics and trims and deconstructing the pattern from mere clues. And this one was a bit of a doozy--look at those sleeves! And that yoke!
|I wish I had a cage crinoline to show off that full skirt!|
The blouse pattern was one I modified (slashed & spread it as well as added a yoke) from the American Girl Kirsten patterns. The sleeves were from Josefina's patterns, again heavily modified. And then I just added a full & long skirt (to fit over a cage crinoline) and a high collar, and there you go!
|I don't know about you, but I think my version is vastly superior to American Girl's *sniffs*|
Yellow Fabric: thrift store blouse
Mint Trim: Hobby Lobby
Lining: a sheet my grandma gave me // cotton lace from JoAnn's