I usually sew for Katherine, as she is usually the one in need of new clothes, and Ellie has so many of her big sister's old things that she doesn't really need anything extra. Katherine probably doesn't need half of the stuff I make her either, but that's neither here nor there. Anyway, today I was going through my fabric cupboard - sometimes I like to do this when I don't really know what I want to make next - and I came across this fish fabric that I bought at Spotlight a while back. I don't even really know why I bought it, it was definitely an impulse buy, and I didn't really have any particular project in mind for it. But today I really wanted to turn it into something. First of all I was going to make a skirt, but then Ellie said she wanted a dress. I thought I might make a singlet-style bodice with little bias straps that tie up at the shoulders. But then Sensible Mummy decided it would be better to make it sun-safe. So in the end I churned out another Rosy Posy dress (I just can't help myself).
There wasn't enough fishy fabric to make the whole dress (I only had half a metre), so I made the bodice out of white poplin and just used the fish fabric for the skirt and sleeves. I was under strict orders to save enough fabric to make a matching dress for dolly as well!
I think Ellie enjoyed having a dress made just for her - she was much more enthusiastic about trying it on at fitting time than her big sis, and she loved having her photo taken. I did have some trouble getting her to stay still though, she wanted to run and twirl and race over to me to see the photo on the camera before I'd even had a chance to take the shot.
As always, I put buttons down the back instead of a zipper, plus I lined the bodice, but not the sleeves or skirt.
The dress was a big success and she wore it all day!