Tutti Frutti

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!

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