Whilst I still had red thread in my overlocker I decided to quickly make Anna some little dresses now that the weather is really heating up around here. In the space of one child free afternoon I managed not only to make these two really cute dresses, but also gave my sewing room a much needed clean up - such a productive afternoon!
First up I made this red dress from some stretch linen leftover ironically from a maternity dress I made for myself when I was pregnant with Anna, and some red polka dot fabric for a contrast ruffle:
I used Kwik Sew 3665, from which I've made the top several times before and it turns out the dress is just as quick and easy. A simple raglan sleeved, elastic drawn neckline and sleeves means that it just comes together so quickly.
To break up the two red fabrics because they weren't quite the same shades of red, I sewed some twill ribbon on:
I think it looks really cute, although it is bordering on a christmas decoration theme! I wish I had an equally cute photo of Anna wearing it, but she was being a cheeky little monkey posing in various ways and pulling silly faces, but you get the idea:
The second dress I made from some red gingham with a printed border that I picked up in a country op shop last year when I had to travel for work.
I chose a simple pattern to make the most of the fabric, New Look 6960 which appears to be out of print now even though I only recently bought it:
Like the other dress, this is a very simple style but I really like that rounded yoke. I made sure to use the pattern with fluttery cap sleeves (view D) because her day care centre is really strict on sun exposure and if a child comes in wearing sleeveless tops they have to stay inside and play, even though they slather them all in sunscreen.
And look at this pose - she's obviously been watching her mum pose for photos far too closely 'cos unprompted she slid one foot forward and put her hands on her hips!
And before I overload you all with cuteness, check out this belly shot of my almost 20 week bump: