Tutti Frutti

This post was originally posted on Straight Grain for her Kids Clothes Belgium Style Series.

When An asked me to be part of her unique and fun series, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was definitely up for the challenge!

After perusing An’s Pinterest board, I began to get a feeling for Belgium style. What I noticed, was the bright primary(ish) colors, the simple, classic styles, the pattern mixing, the animal prints, and the layering.

One dress in particular stood out to me, calling my name.  I fell in love, and decided that I needed to make that dress.  With some minor changes, of course.  I’m a sucker for polka dots, and the dress really needed to be green, so I was so happy to find this fabric.  I found this pretty dark pink kona cotton to add the pop of color it needed.  I slightly changed the shape of the skirt, too.

I used a basic bodice that I used in my Shoreline Dress and that I used as the base for my Mod About You Dress, and just added a quarter circle skirt.

For the first time ever, I made some custom piping, which I placed in between a center panel and the bodice front pieces, and in between the skirt and bodice.

I drafted a small peter pan collar, also a first for me.

I added five dainty buttons down the front to complete the look, and inserted an invisible zipper in the back.

I am so happy how this dress turned out!  It was so much fun to try new techniques and have them work out.  Here are some tutorials that I found that were very helpful:

Collars: Shwin & Shwin
Children’s Fashion Workshop

Piping: Make It & Love It

1/4 Circle Skirt: By Hand London

Thanks An, for having me- I had a blast!