I asked Ziz what color dress she'd like and she said red. I thought on that, and pitched her my idea: A red knit dress with three quarter length sleeves, a generously flared a-line skirt and fearlessly looping monochromatic ruffles.
She agreed whole heartedly, on the condition that I make the ruffles white like Mrs. Clause.
Apparently we weren't on the same page with the whole "not a typical Christmas dress" thing.
I made up the little dress and she adored it as it was for her first fitting; entirely void of ruffles.
It was rather cute that way with the jewel neck and the generously draped raglan sleeves, but it was cute in a decidedly adult and 1980's way, so I went ahead and put the ruffles on the way I wanted them.
She wasn't pleased with my disregarding her opinion. She nearly reused to wear the dress. But then I introduced her to the little pants I made as a modesty accompaniment to the finished dress and she changed her mind.
Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.
I can't tell you how pleased I am with how this dress came out. It worked just the way I planned it. And on the first try too!
I made it out of cotton knit but I teated the knit as a woven, with facings an invisible zipper in the back and a blind hem. So it has ease of wear like a knit with the clean finish of a woven.
The down side is, I didn't properly pre-shrink my fabric.
I made the dress to fall just above her knee, but as you see in the pictures it now barley reaches mid-thigh.
The little pants save the day again.