A few years ago, I met a pretty amazing woman, who commissioned me to take some very sentimental clothes of hers and make a few dresses for a child she did not yet have. It turns out she was 2 years into a 5 year process of adopting a child from China, and not only any child, but a special needs little girl. She told me there was no rush so to take my time. Cut to 3 years later, I’ve moved from Charleston (where she lives) to Pittsburgh and I still hadn’t made the dresses. We’ve kept in touch over this time, sporadically, sending emails to check in. I moved and kept her clothes with me in my car because I was so worried that they would get lost in the move. Inspiration for the dress above came from here.
I don’t do well when I don’t have a deadline, but she recently emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me her daughter was finally coming – in 2 months! I panicked, partially because I felt some pressure to make these clothes amazing, and partially because I don’t do well when I DO have a deadline. It’s not very practical, my issue with deadlines.
In any case, I went to it and feel very happy with the results. What I had to work with (of course I didn’t even think to take a pic of the before) was a very tulle filled wedding dress, a silk skirt, a double layer chiffony/organzy wrap skirt, a pair of brown cords and a few sweaters. Her only request was to have one dress up dress using part of the wedding dress, but I wanted to come up with something a little less traditional. Here’s what I came up with. I hope they all fit and I hope she loves them.
|This one was an attempt to do something in vain of this anthropologie sweater dress.|
|The pattern for this one is View 34 from this japanese pattern book|
|Excuse the terrible picture but I followed this tutorial with some modifications.|