I just about died when I saw this picture. When did my daughter get so old looking?! She is growing up on me, right before my eyes. When I started K.I.D.S., it was rather a poignant Series for me. My daughter draws every single day, and is constantly bringing me her beautiful artwork to showcase. When she brought me a drawing of clothing one day, I simply knew I needed to design it for her. The first Chloe original. And that is how K.I.D.S. was born.
This is the third Season of K.I.D.S., and quite possibly my favorite one. The older Chloe gets, the more she truly gets into it. This time she brought out a whole notebook to draw in for inspiration! Much of it was dinosaur drawings – and I thought for sure I would be making dino softies this time around.
Until she drew this dress, this was the one.
After drawing this dress, she immediately came to me and said that this was the drawing she wanted me to make.
Short of piecing all of that skirt fabric together, I decided to go on the hunt for a nice watercolor effect type of fabric with the same hues in it. The tricky part was finding it in knit, as I personally had my heart set on a knit fabric dress after seeing this design. I wanted it to be something she could wear whenever she wanted, not just when we were getting dressed up. The Ocean Waters Cotton Knit Fabric by Fresh Produce was perfect!
To make the bodice, I used the same technique found in this wavy tunic tutorial. The skirt of the dress is a simple paper bag style skirt, attached at the waist with elastic. It is essentially a mix between this Bubble Dress tutorial (one of my earlier designs, that is super cute, but doesn’t have much ‘give’ at the waist), and the Three Part Harmony dress to give it more ease.
If you look closely at Chloe’s drawing, she also had a scallop edge hem. I asked her specifically if she wanted me to include that, and she declined. She wanted it straight….well, I decided to make it a bubble hem instead. I felt it was a nice compromise between her scalloped drawing and a straight hem – somewhere in the middle.
She loves it, which makes me so very happy.
I couldn’t help but notice just how grown up she looked in her newly designed dress. No!!! Don’t grow up yet, it’s just too fast. It made my heart smile that she chose her dress-up princess shoes to wear with this ensemble, and had her hair done in pigtail braids. Even though she is getting bigger, there is still a love for princesses and all things magic. Don’t ever lose that baby.
But what makes this even more poignant for me, is that my baby turns 7 today. 7 years ago today I was holding her in the hospital, greeting my first born child. I was in awe of her precious beauty, of the pure gift God had given us. Of just how perfect she was, in every single way. And as I look at these photos 7 years later – I don’t know where the time has gone. She is just getting so big. Looking at big girl things, asking big girl questions, and having big girl desires.
I am so thankful for things like K.I.D.S. that encourage us to dream together.
She was so very proud of this dress, everywhere she went she told people she designed it. And that Mommy made it, which of course made my heart smile. She wanted to show it off to the world! It lets me know that as we venture this new stage in life together, we just might have something to bond over throughout the years. Sewing.
Happy Birthday sweetheart.
You are my absolutely love, and I am so so so very proud of you.
Be sure to hop on over and see the other Mom’s that participated in this wonderful Series, and how they bonded over creativity with their little ones this past week…
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…