This dress was also for Ellie's birthday and is also her Easter dress for this year.
It is inspired by a dress Meg Ryan's character wears in I.Q., a romantic comedy made almost 20 years ago.
The movie is set in the 1950s and Meg Ryan's character wears lots of cute dresses.
I really liked this one, with the white contrasting details and decided to create a toddler version for Ellie.
I went with green like the movie, but rather than the olive, I used a pastel green eyelet.
The white detailing is top-stitched 1/4" wide bias tape.
A white grosgrain ribbon is at the waist and ties in the back.
My favorite part is the front loop detailing.
The white lines continue on the back where they meet at the zipper.
The dress ended up being a little big.
I was hoping to give her enough room to wear next year as well, and she'll probably be able to wear it longer than that in the bodice.
We'll just have to add a little petticoat if the skirt gets too short I guess.
The bodice had to be lined due to the holes in the eyelet, and the edges were finished with white 1/2" double fold bias tape.
I'm planning on layering it with longer sleeves for fall.
Eyelet is one of my favorite fabrics, so I'm excited to see it popping up everywhere this spring.
We took these photos at a park when we were visiting my mom in southern Utah.
Ellie insisted on wearing her green rain boots.
She's got her own sense of style that I wasn't willing to fight!
I'm excited for next week--it's 5 days of SIMPLE BLOUSES!!!
I've been pretty Ellie focused lately in my sewing, so it's been fun to recently pump out a few quick tops for myself and it will be weird to have a post every day which hasn't happened in some time.