I must admit, I am slightly giddy over this new pattern I discovered. After all, it combines things I love…knitting, sewing and happy girls.
It doesn’t matter where we are going or what we are doing, my 6-year-old will be wearing a dress. Which means that ever since I started sewing, I have had a little girl asking me to make her dresses. After a few not-so-stellar attempts, I pretty much gave up and resorted to skirts (which she is almost just as happy with). Then I saw this pattern for a knitted bodice and a fabric skirt. It is the perfect combination for a novice seamstress like me.
(Forgive the wrinkles in the bee skirt, but she had just been rolling down a grassy hill that day.)
The Two Summer Sundress pattern can be found here on Ravelry. As the name implies, there are 2 button holes in the straps, which makes it adjustable, so it can be worn for 2 years. I first knit the yellow bodice in the 6-year-old size, intending to have it fit my 6-year-old. I neglected to read that one should knit the next size up from your child’s age. So the yellow bee dress ended up being for the 4-year-old (which fits her perfectly and might not last 2 summers). The cream bodice was knit in the 8-year-old size and is roomy on this 6-year-old body.
The best news about these dresses, is that they love them! The cotton bodice and light cotton skirt make them very comfortable play dresses. They are already a Spring favorite and I have a feeling they will be well-worn by the time summer is over.
We are looking forward to a gloriously warm week ahead. The days are already long (with a twilight blue sky at 10:30pm). We are ready! Bring on the sun!