Time flies they said. She’ll be off to preschool before you know it they said. Well, it’s all so very true. My baby girl is turning 3 in May and I’m still shocked at just how quickly it crept up on me. I’ve made Quinn a dress for each of her birthdays and I love that it’s grown into a tradition of sorts.
Pattern: Wiksten Smock Dress
Size Made: 2-3T
Materials: Elizabeth from Gertrude Made and Raw Silk Noil in Nirvana
Modifications: Opted for a short sleeved version
This year I wanted to make her a dress that spoke to her likes and interests more than any other year because now she’s old enough to let me know more about her unique taste. My girl loves purple and smelling beautiful flowers, so I tried to capture each of her loves with this dress. We just started carrying the Wiksten Smock dress and it seemed like the perfect pattern to combine fabrics to make Quinn her dream dress.
Once the new fabric line Outback Wife from Gertrude Made arrived in the perfect shade of purple with absolutely gorgeous flowers, I knew I wanted to pair it with the silk noil in a soft and girly purple hue that complemented the flowers so well. I almost did the entire dress in the large floral print but after realizing how busy it might be on such a tiny silhouette, I decided to tone it down by framing the beautiful flowers with this soft purple silk noil which made it feel more springy as well. I’m so pleased with how well they go together and how perfect they were for my purple, flower-loving little lady.
The Wiksten Smock Dress is cute and functional, with a center panel that you can get fun and creative with and great big pockets on the sides. Big or small, who doesn’t love pockets? I’m used to making garments for kiddos that don’t have many pieces to them, but this one had more than I was used to and I let it intimidate me for a second. I made sure to read through the pattern a couple times to get my head around it and my intimidation quickly faded.
The construction was different but clever and unique. It went together so much quicker than I expected. With no zipper to fuss with and only simple gathers around the neckline, there wasn’t much about this dress that was too challenging.
I decided to opt for short sleeves, instead of the sleeveless or the long sleeved version because I could just throw a cardigan on her for chilly spring days if needed. Sleeves are tricky anyway, but these sleeves are teeny tiny, I just made sure to take my time and pin, pin, pin. I found that the key to fitting them in perfectly was making sure to include the notches in the pattern to be sure they lined up just right. Once I sewed the sleeves in, I let out a big sigh of relief and a squeal of excitement because it turned out so dang adorable. I’ll definitely be sewing up more of these for my girl as she grows and changes. I just hope the next three years don’t go as quickly as the first three.