The first time I saw this beauty of a pattern was when CompagnieM called for pattern testers for the Louisa dress! since then I 've seen quite a few around the web. this ONE made me really fall in love with it. Then Marte announced a contest on any of her patterns and I had to get the Louisa for Isabella. All of her patterns are very kid-friendly! The Louisa has this huge pocket in the front and what child wouldn't love a pocket?
I wanted to experiment with two colors for the dress and then started to think maybe a zipper will work. I looked at zipit to see what they have available in 6/7inch open ended zippers so I can mix the two colors. They had pink and green and I went ahead and ordered the zippers knowing that I will probably find some pink and green fabric that will work. The fabric I found made me think of my favorite flower the hydrangea and suddenly it all came together.
I used one of my handmade zipper pulls I purchased at the amazing Janelle over at Emmaline bags
I got a artificial hydrangea to keep Isabella busy while trying to take some pictures.
for the pocket I used some big eyelets to add so the green of the inner pocket shows. ( I extended the pocket lining)
I used some brass colored buttons at the back to support the brass colored eyelets on the front pocket.
I made Bella a pink felt headband with hydrangea flowers and knitted green legwarmers to compliment the dress.
I added some elastic around the sleeves just because Isabella likes it that way.
The Louisa Dress pattern did not disappoint - I can see myself sew up a few more especially for school. Great roomy fit with clean lines. It is a flexible pattern with different options that will work right through the year. I sewed the 4t so it is a little bit big for Bella but will be perfect for spring.
Hop on over to the CompagnieM contest blog and look at all the adorable pieces. Remember to like the ones you love!
Till next time......