I have made a few dresses for my daughter, and everywhere we go we get compliments on them. They are unusual colour combinations, feminine, but not girly. I love making them, and feel the simplicity of form, and little details set them apart from what’s available in the shops.
And here’s the great bit. I think this style of dress will last for years. My daughter is 2.5 (a size 3). It fits her as an overdress, and she wears this style with stockings, pants, or a skirt over the top of long T-shirts. As she grows the dress will become shorter, but I have tried the basic block on a 7 year old, and it fits as a tunic.
The one above is made from machine-washed khaki wool (bit of a stretch in it), with a grey wool flannel “explorer’ pocket – featuring lots of little compartments, and hand embroidery. The arm, neck, and hem have been finished with a decorative feather-stitch that looks pretty, but has a bit of stretch in it also.
So here’s my idea…. To make a small range of these, that are absolutely one-off and completely individual, and put them on Etsy at around $50.
I’ll keep you posted…..