Bella just turned 5 year old!!!! Among the long list of presents she has asked for she said she wanted a new dress. As I love sewing I decided to make her one! At first I was going to find a pattern at the fabric store but then decided that did not feel right. I started searching some blogs and found a great pattern for a dress called "The Anna Dress" at Craftiness is not Optional! I also decided that the dress was not going to be a surprise because I wanted it to fit Bella right.
I went to the Joann Fabrics and got this green fabric with white and pink flowers. (The picture is not quite as true a green as the dress is.)
Bella helped me draft the pattern and (when she was interested) handed me pins. She also was my gopher as I kept having her go get things for me!
In the end the dress turned out way longer then I planned but Bella won't let me shorten it! At least she loves it! I did not have the buttons for the dress on her birthday so we turned the dress around and closed it up with a safety pin. She picked out some buttons but I have not had the chance to sew those on the dress yet! We went to the butterfly museum and I took the following pictures while there. (The ribbon is a birthday girl pin not part of the dress!)
Here she is hoping a butterfly will land on her hand! (Shortly after this picture she became scared of butterflies and spent the rest of the time scared!)
I will post an update when we add the buttons!