For The Birthday Girl: A Geranium Dress

by Nadine on July 13, 2016


Pattern: Geranium Dress by Made by Rae
Fabric: Leftover gingham rayon from making this dress
Buttons: Free! (The fine folks at The Make Den let me rummage through their button jar.)
Size: 18 months

I do this to myself every single time: I decide to make a dress for an upcoming event, and then stress out that I don’t have enough time to finish the dress for said event.

I made a bridesmaid dress. And was stressed out.
I made a skirt for a wedding. And was stressed out.

Last month, I made a dress for Ursula to wear to her birthday party. It had buttons. I had never used a buttonhole maker before. It was the night before her party and her dress was buttonhole-less.

I was stressed out.

Fortunately, all’s well that ends well. (Translation: I read the manual. Matthew helped with troubleshooting. And then he took Ursula on some errands while I sewed on the red buttons.)

The pattern is a relatively straightforward make for an advanced beginner — or almost-intermediate, as I’d rather consider myself — with multiple options for the bodice, sleeves and skirt. I’ve already planned the next one: pleats instead of gathers, flutter sleeves instead of cap sleeves, the skirt a different fabric than the bodice.

So even though I had a few “Why am I doing this to myself again?” moments, I’m totally anticipating doing this to myself again soon.

It felt good to sew again.

Up next: Facing my fear of the serger.

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