Today, I'm part of the Bohemian Babydoll Tour. When Heidi from Elegance and Elephants asked me to participate, I didn't hesitate. I know that Heidi makes great patterns - the E&E Ruffle Top I made for Norah over a year ago is still one of my all-time favorite creations. In addition, the Bohemian Babydoll dress has a great vintage touch to it.
I've noticed that I've been using the word 'addiction' a lot here lately. Addicted to Arizona, addicted to the mint/pink combination, addicted to Cotton Couture Solids... For Norah's Bohemian Babydoll dress, I decided to indulge once more into the last two addictions. The fabric I used for the bodice is an old one from Michael Miller, called Mini Harlequin in Mint. I bought it in this Etsy store. It was a tip from Esther, who used the same fabric in her gorgeous Lua sleep sack a few months ago. Thanks again, Esther!
For the skirt I used Cotton Couture Solid Creamsicle, and for the flutter sleeves I used CCS Gold and CCS Peach (all bought here).
Now let's discuss the pattern. I had such fun sewing this up! The dress has no zipper or buttons in the back - Heidi made the armholes and neck opening extra deep and the bodice extra wide so the dress can be put on comfortably without any closures. What I also love about it is the high-low hem. The front bodice is slightly higher than the back bodice, which gives the dress a bit of a vintage look.
Norah is 4.5 now, so age-wise I should make her a size 5. However, she has the chest measurements of an 18 month old, so I generally I make her a size 3, and lengthen the bodice and skirt a bit. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry to make this dress, that I forgot to lengthen it, so it is a bit short. Oops. I think I will either replace the skirt, or just keep it for next Summer, when she can wear it as a top.
Making the dress was a piece of cake. The instructions are clear and easy to follow as usual. I'm sure that beginning sewists will love this pattern. And while I don't qualify as a beginner anymore, I'll be making a few more of these in the coming years!
Now back to the fabric. As the bodice of the dress didn't use up much fabric, I have a lot left of the Michael Miller Harlequin fabric. Judging by my ever expanding stash, there is very little chance that I will be using it again, so I'd like to give away a yard of it to one of you! I'll also be including a few other surprises. All you need to do to win, is use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!