Maya has a dress from H&M that she loves. It has butterflies on it and is super comfy. I also paid $5 for it. I have a problem paying $5 for something. I basically have trouble with the idea that in order to charge $5 and actually make money on it, you must be paying your workers nothing. So I am trying to avoid that, now that I have a better knowledge of the garment industry. But I won’t go into ethics right now. That is not what this blog is about.
Instead I will focus on the style of the dress. It is a sleeveless, drop waist dress with a twirly skirt. It looks almost identical to the Charlie dress by Mingo and Grace. I sewed the Blake from Mingo and Grace a few months ago and loved it. So I had no doubt I would also love the Charlie. I was not wrong. It may be one of my favourite dresses I have made.
I sewed this dress a couple of months ago. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to actually post it. I think part of me thought I already had. I have photos of Maya wearing this at Ikea, at her grandparents’, in Montreal on a family day trip and en route to Toronto for a weekend getaway. Needless to say, she really likes this dress.
It’s a pretty straight forward sew. I love the binding on the neckline and armholes and I love how twirly the skirt is without being over the top ruffles.
My husband is really into photography so when I saw this camera fabric I jumped on it. I just needed the perfect project. And this was it!
The fabric is from the Snapshots line from Riley Blake.
This is a straight up size 4. It has a really roomy fit so I’m glad I made the 4 instead of the 5. I’m in a bit of denial that my little girl is growing up. Does anyone else get sad when their kids move up a size?
The best thing about this dress is that Maya loves it (almost) as much as I do. It’s a dress that I will be making many times. I wish there was a sleeve option so she could wear it in the fall and winter as well. Who am I kidding, she will wear it in the fall and winter with leggings and a cardigan on top. 🙂
She even wore it for her first day of school. My big girl is in the equivalent of Junior Kindergarten (she goes to a Montessori school so they don’t call it JK)
As I was going through my photos for this post, I came across this one. How cute are these two? I moved Maya’s car seat to be beside Jacob’s a couple of months ago. The first thing Maya said was, “Now we can hold hands”. And when they aren’t annoying each other, that’s exactly what they do.
And some more, just because. I love how much these two love each other. For now, they are best friends.