I love full and flowery dresses for the summer, and they are perfect for one of my girls' favorite activities:
Ring around the Rosies,
Pocket full of posies,
We all fall down!
How cute are two sisters playing Ring Around the Rosies? The only thing I would rather watch more is three sisters playing Ring Around the Rosies! Maybe in a year or two!
I got Audrey and Scarlett out of the wading pool to take pictures in these dresses because the light looked so summery in the backyard. I have loved the photography I've seen from Wildflowers Photography this summer and wanted to try something inspired by her work--with lots of warm yellows, strong sun, and some burnout. Pretty different from my usual shots and fun to play around with. Wish I could do it like she does!
The idea for these dresses began when I saw this gorgeous cotton voile on the clearance table at JoAnn last summer--couldn't resist buying a few yards even though I didn't have a project in mind. I bought a bit much perhaps as I still have some of both colors left, but then that gives me the option to make something for myself next summer, or maybe a skirt for Audrey to wear in a couple years when her younger sisters can wear these dresses. There's no information on the selvage so I'm not sure who designed and produced this.
I wanted a very young, feminine look for these dresses, and something full to take best advantage of the pattern and weight of this fabric. And I love this old pattern of my mom's. I remember her sewing dresses for my younger sisters with this! So old fashioned, I guess in a seventies way. This pattern is for a size 1 so I used Simplicity 3511 with some modifications: I combined views, increased the fullness of the dress, lengthened and increased the fullness of the ruffled and finished the sleeves with a ruffle too.
I thought it would be nice if the dresses had a little punch of contrast so I crocheted two little flowers (posies) for the bodice.
I added a solid voile lining so the dresses aren't so transparent.