Nov 18

A very special creation from Vintage Mama’s Cottage

A few days ago I received an email from one of my dearest friends asking me if I had time to make a birthday dress for her first grand daughter. This was a special request, especially meaningful to me because all of our older children had grown up together and we’ve known each other for many, many years.

Her youngest daughter and husband adopted a beautiful little girl last spring. Her name is Paris and she will be one year old on November 28th. That’s right after Thanksgiving, and the little family will be traveling to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the holiday and they will celebrate Paris’ first birthday together.

This is a special project for me, and I feel honored that they would ask me to make this dress for such a significant event in the life of their family. So, over the past few days I’ve been sketching and cutting, designing and pinning, and trying to create a dress that combines several of the elements the new mama told me she liked.

I am surprised that they have not been able to find a dress that is exactly what they are looking for, so I am hopeful that I can come up with the “perfect” dress for this little princess. Here are a few pictures of the kind of dress she is looking for . . . . but we need to combine the skirt from one of the designs, and the bodice from another one – the ruffles from a different one, and a tie belt but the bow must not be TOO big. After all, this is a little tiny girl we are talking about!

White eyelet ruffle dressOf course, she searched on Pinterest for the cutest designs she could find . . . .this one is actually available from Snuggle Bugs and Bows if anyone would like to visit that Etsy shop. But my Little Mama doesn’t want eyelet, so I’m making a dress that is similar in a lightweight ivory knit so it won’t wrinkle when Baby Girl gets cranky.

Ivory layered dressAnd then there is this one with a double layer skirt and the platter collar . . . . . but we are looking for floor length so I’m not sure if this one will work. But the feathery fabric flower is definitely a possibility.

Ivory Back Bow DressHere is the back tie belt that is just the right size – with the empire waist and shoulder straps, and scalloped hemline (but we really do want ruffles!)

Fullscreen capture 11182015 64031 PMAnd then . . . we have the layers and layers of swirled ruffles. Perfect! So the dress is finished, but tomorrow I get to make yards and yards of tiny ruffles and then I will probably stitch them on the skirt by hand. I’m not sure the lightweight fabric will handle all the angles and turns that will need to be made on the machine to get those dipsy doodles!

I’ll post pictures when I get this creation completed to the mama’s satisfaction. I hope I can do this! Now if I just had an adorable tiny model around here somewhere . . . . .

Oh, well, I will try to get back to visit some of the other participants in this week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop – but it it takes me a day or two, just know that those ruffles are kickin my *%^&$#!


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  1. Kathryn Ross

    I’d be shaking and trembling at the responsibility to make this special dress–with so many creative must-have’s! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product! Blessings!

  2. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    I can’t wait to see it! I was hoping you might have posted a picture on this post, but I didn’t realize you weren’t yet finished! You go, girl! Better you than me. My poor daughter used to have empty spaces on her Girl Scout vest where the patches were and fell off due to not very sticky iron on tape. #hatetosew

  3. Crysta

    Wow, this is a beautiful project. I completely understand those last minute friend requests for things that aren’t as simple as they seem.

    Great blog.

  4. Mary-the boondocks blog

    The dress will turn out perfect. Please share your creation with us when you are finished. I was drooling at all the photos. Such cute little baby girls.

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