Made By Rae’s Geranium Dress is what really got me started compulsively sewing for my girls about four years ago. The first time I poked around the internet looking for patterns, I came across this beautiful version from Gail. I was completely smitten by the silhouette of the dress and her sophisticated choice of fabric. It was as if the clouds parted and I saw all the possibilities out there for kid sewing.
Since then, I’ve made at least a dozen Geraniums for my own kids and their friends. Every time I think I’ve exhausted all the options in this pattern, I think of something else to try.
Here are the ones that have made it into the blog . . . (There are more out there!!!)
Well, it just happened again . . .
On the occasion of Kiki’s sixth birthday, I decided that she needed a dress that is as grownup as she is.
I took a look around and found this very awesome version of the Matinee Dress from the Crazy Tailor. In its original form, I think that the Matinee Dress is a bit too low in the back for my taste, but the Crazy Tailor did such a nice job of raising the back up just enough – and that bow! How awesome!
I thought for a moment about buying the Matinee pattern and hacking it in the same way. But then it occurred to me that I could do the same thing with, wait for it, the Geranium.
While dreaming this up, I also remembered this Geranium from Girl Like the Sea, which has a similar shaped back. I didn’t need to be convinced any further.
It was easy as pie to scoop out the back of the bodice and tuck in some ribbon before sewing the bodice and lining together.
Kiki’s choice of fabric (chosen from a selection carefully curated by your truly, ahem) was from Michael Miller’s Brambleberry Ridge line – Flight on top and Shimmer Reflection on the bottom. I was very impressed that she bypassed the pink and chose the mint colorway. I think she’s growing up, guys.
In case you can’t see it clearly in the photos, the gold birds and dots are all metallic and shimmery. Very fancy!
The flower crown is all Kiki’s doing. This flower crown kit was one of her favorite Christmas gifts this year, and she’s had so much fun making and wearing her own crowns. She decided that her handiwork would be the perfect accessory here. Too true!
Now that the Geranium is available up to size 12, I’m definitely going to keep it handy. Who knows what will come out of it next? . . .