Apr 18, 2013

May Flowers Dress

It's not May yet, but we're dreaming of May flowers!
For the last week of Project Run & Play, the theme is "Spring Formal Wear." I wanted a dress for my daughter that had a little extra pizazz so that it could be worn to church or a party, but would not be too dressy to wear any day of the week (gotta get some use out of it, right?)
The pattern I used was the Maggie Mae Dress by Shwin&Shwin and I stuck right to it (not altering a thing) and finished with a beautiful spring dress!
I cut a size 5 (I have this sizing-up addiction so that whatever I make can be worn longer) and I feel like it's true to size. I've found that some patterns seem to run small, but Shwin&Shwin's patterns always seem to be right on target (like this, this, this and this.) So the 5 is definitely big on my little girl (she wears a 4T these days), but I still love the look and will enjoy seeing her in this dress all spring and summer.
And for the pizazz? I chose three sparkly vintage buttons in my stash to glam it up a bit.

The pattern calls for pleats in the front and in the back and I found this alternative to gathering quite refreshing. I think pleats also dress up the, er, dress quite a bit too!
Can you tell my daughter loves the pockets?
(That and the Swedish fish swimming around in there.)
I used the same kelly green pinwale corduroy that I used on my Fox Jacket, which gives the dress a nice structure and a bit more formality. And the flowery print is quilting cotton. Both are from Joann's.
After a while, we got a little silly...
 
Here's hoping that May flowers are around the corner...
 
...along with plenty of use for this May Flowers Dress!
Thanks for reading and for stopping by! You can find many more beautiful Spring looks at Project Run & Play.
I'm also linking up with these parties.
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9 comments:

  1. Love the color blocking and the shape of the dress. Great job!

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  2. Another huge success for you! Gorgeous colours, too! I love the third photo from the bottom - a bit of silliness every now and again is always a good thing! :-)
    How did you pit those cute flower shapes on to your photos???
    Carly
    x

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  3. Cute! I love the combination of color blocking and print!

    -Ash P
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  4. Really really like this dress!! Great job on the color choices too! Love it :)

    Heidi

    http://handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is too cute! and what an adorable little model you have as well :) Fabulous fabrics too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you're enjoying your week so far!

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  6. I really like this dress and it's my favorite color!

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    nap-timecreations.com

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  8. Oh, Mary Jo, this dress is so cute!!! Green is a great color on your daughter! Congratulations on the feature!

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  9. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/05/20-sewing-projects-linkparty-feature.html

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Thank you for your comments! I enjoy reading them! :)