So, in looking at the fall fashions filling the shelves at the local mall and a few other local stores, I was completely underwhelmed. Now, don't get me wrong, I love to see Madaline in a fancy dress with lace, buttons and frills - but, it seems that when it comes to cold weather frocks, function is thrown to the wayside. Madaline is an active little girl - and her dresses need to be simple and allow for ease of movement. I don't need 3 yards of lace trim at the bottom that every week week I'm going to have to re-tack after she catches her foot on it and rips it from the hem. Independence is key lately - she likes to dress herself and a full placket of buttons on the back of the dress makes this difficult. And, if I did find something that I liked there was no way I was going to pay upwards of $35-$40 dollars for a dress. Especially, when I can not even remember the last time I spent that amount of money on a piece of clothing for myself.This left me with continuing to force Madaline into pants/leggings and swing tops that mimick the movement and feel of dresses OR make her a dress. In reality, I could have chosen to do nothing, as it is my husband that deals with Madaline and her dress dilemma Monday thru Friday. But, being the good 'Mother' and wife that I am - I chose option #2. Make a dress. And, that is exactly what I did. After scouring the internet for ideas, emailing a sweet friend who happens to sew much more than myself, as well as bugging her via twitter late at night, I was good to go.
I think things turned out well..... don't you?
(please excuse the CRAPPY photos - The top two I took quickly this morning before heading out the door - and no amount of editing could make them decent. The bottom one, well, I blame my 'half awake hasn't had enough coffee yet' husband)