Wow... water leaks are slightly messy! Between the drywall dust, the plastic tarps everywhere, and all of the paraphernalia needed to re-pipe our entire house, it has been rather crazy around here. Sewing is what keeps me sane, so I needed to simply sit down and complete something! I decided on the dress/top that I had started working on before this whole mess began.
The dress was for my granddaughter Keira who is rather tall. She may be only 4 years old, but her height is in the upper 98 percentile of other kids her age. When I had her try on the dress yesterday it was rather comical. It definitely fit her more like a top than a dress.... one just had to laugh. The pattern? Beverly Belle by Izzy & Ivy. My mom had picked up the pattern while visiting friends recently in Iowa.
The pattern itself is $12.50 yet there is only ONE pattern piece on the inside.... ONE. I have never made a pattern quite like this before so was anxious to see how it was going to turn out. If Izzy & Ivy ever asked for suggestions, I would definitely make this one.. list everything one would need to complete this dress on the OUTSIDE of the pattern! Not until you open the packaging do you realize that you need 8 yards of double folded bias tape... or 1/2 yard of contrast fabric to make your own. You also need 3 yards of 3/8" of elastic. I think both of these should have been listed on the back of the pattern along with the fabric requirements. If I were a young mom who saw this darling pattern... and I was a new to sewing, I would have been so disappointed if I got home and realized that I didn't have all that I needed to complete my project. I always have everything I need as I live so far out in the country. I'm just sayin.........
Anyway... here is the actual dress/top. I think the design is pretty cute and I know my granddaughter will have fun wearing it... it twirls.. which is a main requirement with her. ;-)
I had to take another picture so that you could see all of the apples coming on. My trees are loaded! I can't wait for some fresh apple pies... neither can my kids!