I made some Geranium Dresses! I’ve had this pattern for years. My big girls grew out of it before I had a chance to make it, so I’ve been waiting to make one for our newest baby girl.
It took me months to get
I love the classic, yet modern, silhouette of the dress. The details and options make it fun to sew a few times. There are
Babies grow so quickly! I wanted to make her dress sooner, but I was literally taking clothes out of her drawer every 3-6 weeks because she was growing out of them. But I decided it would be best to save my sewing energy for dresses she could wear for more than a month.
I made two Geranium dresses in different styles: one with this beautiful indigo floral poplin by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics (in a size 18-24m) and the other with the rusty orange abstract floral by Lotta Jansdotter (in a size 2T). They aren’t traditional “baby colors” but still have a feminine quality because of the florals.
The blue dress was made in the fall in a size 18-24 months. It still fits, but it’s getting short. I just finished making the orange dress a few weeks ago, and I went ahead and sized up to a 2T.
So, let me tell you a little story about how I ended up making three bodices for the first dress…
With a chest measurement of 19″,
I thought maybe the ease was less than I was used to, so I doubled-checked measurements and seam allowances and decided to skip up two sizes to a 2T. An hour later…still too small. As in, the button flap didn’t overlap. at. all. What in the world? I knew it had to be me. This
I messaged a friend (Rachel – Stitched Together) that has made several and asked what she thought about the sizing. While I was waiting for her answer I started thinking about how I might answer an email from a customer asking me the about size problems. It occurred to me that I may have printed it wrong.
Sure enough. The scaling was off by 1/16″. My default print settings were not at 100%. Facepalm. (Really. I should know better…)
After a couple of hours of time away from the sewing, I reprinted, chatted with Rachel, and compared the correct and incorrect pieces to see what size I needed to make. Based on the comparisons, I decided to go with the 18-24m size and it ended up being the right call. (Fluffy baby bellies need a little bit of extra ease!)
So, there you have it. Even experienced sewists make mistakes. (As Mie from Sewing Like Mad also proved a couple of months ago! This story will make you feel better about your sewing mistakes.)
Dress number two went significantly faster and with no (major) mistakes!
I love the pattern and I’ll definitely be making more. Rae recently released a Geranium Dress version for bigger girls too. It’s on my list…we shall see if I can make time with a toddler climbing on the table and getting her snacks from high cupboards every time I turn my back!
What’s the worst sewing mistake you’ve ever made? Let’s share to make ourselves feel better!