My Super Heroes

As this is my first ever blog post, I’d like to introduce you to my two girls, Kiki & Lulu (um, not their real names) and to show you their super hero dresses.

It all started last fall, when I made a version of the Olivia Dress by Craftiness is Not Optional in Anne Kelle’s Super Kids Girls in Primary.  (If you’re looking for this fabric, Etsy is probably your best bet.)

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I love the loose fitting, easy wearing style of this dress, but this size 3 version turned out to be a little big on the then three year old Kiki (who tends to need smaller size bodices than I think when I start cutting).  So, it ended up waiting in the back of the closet until the weather started warming up around here.  And now, it’s turning out to be perfect for summer!

For the bodice, I used some light blue cotton with white polka dots and yellow homemade bias tape from my local fabric store.  The buttons are little yellow flowers that somehow work with the super heroes.

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(No, that is not a cigarette hanging out of my 4 year old’s mouth.  It is indeed a lollipop.)

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This pattern has very clear instructions with photos, which are always helpful.  I also learned a thing or two about bias binding and how to start and finish it on a neckline — a skill I have already put to use on other projects (thanks, Jess).  I think it would also look great in the sleeveless option, so I’ll be trying that one out before too long.

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If you have more than one kid, you probably know what happens when the younger ones are suddenly able to talk and express their wishes and desires in a way that can be understood by their parents.  They start to actually ask for exactly the same things that their older siblings have (at least mine does).  “MY super hero dress, MOM!” was the refrain until I could cobble something together for Lulu.

Luckily, I had just enough fabric left over to make a size 2 Izzy Dress, an awesome free pattern from Climbing the Willow.  I’d been wanting to try this one out for a while, and was excited to sew it up.  The styling of this pattern is so great — it’s a lot like the beloved Oliver & S Ice Cream Dress, but the bodice is more fitted and has a sassy curve to it, which gives is a completely different look.

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I think my favorite thing about this dress is the cool button tab closure on the back.  It has three things going for it — it’s very easy to put together (way easier than loops), it’s quick to fasten on a child who is jumping around or actively trying to run away, and it’s very unique.  I’ll probably be using it on lots of other patterns that call for loops.

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The red and white check button is vintage, from an antique store that had a huge inventory of very unique buttons from someone’s collection that were just waiting for me to come along.

The pattern is really for a top, but I just added six inches to the length to make it into a dress.  I used solid cotton from my stash for the bodice, which just happened to be the right shade of yellow.  Pfew.

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As you can see, Lulu is pleased.

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