We've finally returned home from our annual Christmas visit to the inlaws / holiday. It is so nice to sleep in your own bed and be in your own space - parents reading this will nod in agreement when I say that a holiday with a small child is actually a misnomer, it's just parenting in a different location with the added challenge of being out of routine and in unfamiliar places! Add to that being six months pregnant in stifling Queensland heat it just adds up to it being harder than staying at home.....
While we were away Anna turned 3 and in the tradition I started for her I made her another birthday dress (2nd birthday dress here and 1st birthday dress here). It was tough work to get her to put it on because her favourite dress at the moment is a Dora the Explorer dress given to her as a hand me down that she wears practically every day unless she's been naughty and I make her take it off to wear some shorts and a tshirt as punishment!
I made a vintage pattern, Butterick 2194, which is undated but I think is circa 1950s possibly early 60s.
I made it from some cotton plisse in a pale purple white polka dot fabric, with contrasting white cotton collar and cuffs. I think it is very cute even though it has a touch of school uniform about it, especially since I made her pose in front of my inlaws house as though it were the first day of school:
It has buttons down the back of bodice, and is heavily gathered around the sides and the back so it passes the twirl test nicely:
Sadly all that enthusiastic twirling resulted in a a big fall, so we had to bribe her with some jelly while we patched her up:
Check out that pouty face - she has certainly turned into a little drama queen!
Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. I have a few days left before going back to work next week and with Anna back at daycare this week my real holiday is just starting....