Friday, February 28, 2014

A Chambray Playdate Dress

I've had this dress rattling around in my head for a couple months now. I thought the paring of this pattern with chambray would be really fun.

I also had some mini pompom trim I'd purchased several months ago. This was my first time using a pompom trim, and it was really fun! I also decided to modify the yoke to include pintucks, rather than the ruffles specified on the pattern. I used a size 2 for the length and size 12-18 months for the width, because my girl is a little skinny one :)

I swapped out the Playdate dress sleeves for the 3/4 gathered sleeves from the Apple Picking dress. I've made the Playdate dress a couple times before, and while I like the sleeve design included in the pattern, I've found it doesn't fit my skinny mini little one very well. I think she's too narrow in the shoulder for the design, so I swapped them out and I like the change. It also gave me the opportunity to use the pompom trim in the sleeve can never have too much pompom trim!

I basted the pompom trim to the yoke before placing it on the bodice. Then I topstitched it down and pulled out the basting stitches. I found this worked pretty well.

I like how it turned out. It's kind of simple, a little old-fashioned, but still modern. I'm glad I got it out of my head and into a finished product!


  1. This is SO pretty - it fits her so nicely, too! Love your trim/fabric choices.

  2. Oh I love it! I still haven't made a playdate cause I can't quite figure out how I would want it to be. Normally the phrase "mini pompom trim" would have me covering my eyes, but this is gorgeous.
    You've got it right, again!

  3. What a gorgeous dress! I love the trim and the fabric. It looks so sweet on your adorable girl.

  4. Its absolutely perfect. I would expect nothing else.

  5. The dress is gorgeous! I love the pintucks on the yoke.

  6. SLAY ME! The dress is gorgeous and even more gorgeous on your lovely little girl. Wow. Love it.

  7. Since you always make just the right dress and photograph it so beautifully I nominated your blog for a Liebster award. You should see that as flattering but it does have a chain mail side to it, should you choose to accept it. (I say no obligation, you can just take the compliment if you like!)
    My nomination blog post is here:

  8. beautiful dress and photos, she is such a doll! the pintucked yoke is wonderful.

  9. Since I love your clothes making so much (not to mention the perfect photography) I nominated you for the Liebster awared. You can read more about it here:
    Of course you needn't accept it if you don't wish to, it's just a little way to say that I love your work.
    (** And, I see in your comment section above the Lightning McStitch has done the same. Oh well. I do hope you decide to accept it from one of us, but of course no pressure) :-)