Last year, making a Carnival’s outfit for Norah was so simple. It was her first Carnival ever, and she would have been happy with pretty much anything. She loved the butterfly costume I made her.
One year later, things are much more complicated. She’s part of this very cute circle of friends in her class, and peer influence has effectively neutralized our efforts to raise her in a gender-neutral way. The other day, Norah summarized it so well: “Mom, I like princesses, elves, butterflies, fairies, and ballerinas”. And all the above, preferably in a pink outfit, of course.
And so this year, she wanted to be dressed as a princess on Carnival’s day. As I have less sewing time than ever with a baby in the house, I had no interest in spending hours on a dress which would only be worn once. So the plan was to buy a camp, cheap princess outfit in a toy store.
However, it soon turned out that these ugly outfits only start in size 4-6 years, which would be way too big for Norah. Enter a cunning plan: making a princess dress which could later be downtuned to a sweet Summer’s dress.
I used my Hanami pattern once again, leaving off the collar and flutter sleeves. I made a separate gathered skirt in tulle, which Norah could wear on top of the dress on Carnival’s day. I also added flutter sleeves in tulle, but instead of stitching them between the main bodice and lining, I stitched them in the armholes all the way at the end. I used a longer stitch length, so I could remove them more easily after Carnival.
So this is the result: rather campy princess dress at Carnival…
… cute little Summer’s dress the next day.
Let’s try that again: Carnival’s day…
… and the day after:
The dress is still a bit too big, so it will fit perfectly this Summer.
Now how about that beautiful fabric? It was part of the stock of the Belgian luxury clothing brand Scapa. It has a very fine weave, and little sequins stitched on it here and there. So lovely to work with.
So where did I find this exclusive fabric? Glad you ask! Every Tuesday night, I sew together with four friends. One of them, Katelijne, recently started a fabric webshop, in which she sells fabrics from top quality clothing brands like Scapa, Fragile, Strass, Atelier Assemblé, Stefan Schneider, Maan, Annemie Verbeke, and Caroline Mampay. Mon Depot sells fabrics which you cannot find anywhere else online! Katelijne runs the shop together with her husband, Stijn, and they’re doing such a great job at it. They have been working very hard in the past months, but it is paying off: MonDepot is very popular here in Belgium, and the rest of the world will follow soon, I’m sure. Here is Katelijne in a creation made from one of her fabrics (Stefan Schneider):
Katelijne and Stijn are also incredibly generous. They’re giving a €50 Mon Depot voucher (appr. $70)
to one StraightGrain reader! What do you need to do to win? Use the Rafflecopter widget below, to:
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The contest is open for 1 week. Good luck!