We had Caroline baptized a few weeks ago and I made her a sweet little baptism dress, which I will have to post about soon. I need to put her in it again and take some pictures before she grows out of it. I was trying to figure out what I would wear to the baptism and decided it was a great occasion for a new dress. I’d just come off of making my Ruby top and loved it so much that I figured I should make the dress version.
I’d had my eye on this pink polka dot rayon challis for a while and on the Sunday before her baptism I decided to finally order it. Of course the fabric didn’t come until Friday at 4pm and the baptism was scheduled for the next day at noon. The Ruby pattern is a pretty quick sew and I’d already made the top so I figured I could get it done that evening. It was very helpful that Andrew hadn’t taken a nap that day so he was going to be in bed by 7:15pm and Luke goes to bed at 7:30pm most nights.
I made the shell of the dress and tried it on before attaching the neck and sleeve bindings. It was gaping horribly under the arms so I increased the seam allowances and finished the dress. When all was said and done I really didn’t love the dress as much as the top. I felt like the flowy fabric and the loose silhouette weren’t great on me. I can’t decide if I would have liked the dress version in a fabric with a little more structure, but I threw on a cardigan and wore it to the baptism anyway.
I decided afterwards that I wanted to refashion the dress into a skirt. I loved the fabric so much and wanted to make it into something that I would actually wear. I decided to try out the Sewaholic Rae skirt. I love the fact that this is a really simple skirt, but that it’s got some shape since it’s paneled.
The skirt was really easy and quick to make. I know this will get worn a lot since it can be dressed up a bit or just thrown on with a t-shirt. I think I’m going to try to make a cropped tee to go with it– probably the Seamwork Astoria since I already have it, but I do love the look of the new Deer and Doe Ondee Sweater. Have any of you made that one yet?