There are few people I enjoy sewing more for than the people in my family, especially the kids. And although there are more and more patterns being published with boys in mind, the most lovely patterns are the ones for girls. So I am always inspired when my niece's birthday rolls around in August to sew up something for her. She is spirited and imaginative, but not traditionally girly. She lives on a farm and loves horses and other animals. For her ninth birthday I wanted to make her something fun and feminine, since she still loves wearing dresses. But I also wanted it to be the type of dress that would look good over a pair of jeans with her cowboy boots.
When I was browsing the new line of fabric from Cotton + Steel, I saw the Mustang print and knew it would make a great dress for her. I went with the aqua horses instead of pink -- giving the dress a bit of a tomboy look.
The dress is the Geranium Dress from Made By Rae, which comes with several variations and is partially lined. I've made the dress twice before for smaller babies, and was glad to see that it comes out just as nicely for older girls. For the lining I picked a coordinating Cotton + Steel print.
My niece loved the dress, especially the flutter sleeve sewn with a raw edge -- another detail that makes the dress cute yet slightly rugged. It is one of my favorite completed projects and I hope she will be able to wear it for her return to school next month and throughout the year.