Today it was downright chilly (by August standards). It drizzled all day, we had the windows in the house wide open, and it was just a nice break from the usual. The kids were amazing and played together so nicely for few hours in the afternoon, leaving me some time to sew.
They played babies and babysitter, camped in a fort on the couch and ate lunch, and my personal favorite, Guacamole! Guacamole is the best. They simply take every chair in the house and put them in the living room to make a restaurant. Then, they take every single bowl we own and every kitchen tool, and “make” guacamole for each other, tableside. Ole!
We must be eating a lot of Mexican lately.
Since Ellery has grown 6 inches in the last two weeks, I decided to make her a dress from one of my favorite patterns- the Lulu by Craftiness is not Optional.
I drew the pattern between the 7 and 8 lines. It’s a pretty perfect fit. (She had her bathing suit on underneath, so that’s what you see through the bodice.)
The bodice fabric is this great Art Gallery knit by Leah Duncan (city lights in day from her Gramercy line. I purchased mine from the Imagine Gnats shop and literally got the last 1/8 yard during one Rachael’s great sales). The skirt is a lightweight Kaufman chambray. This time, we went the capped sleeve route, and added pockets too. Girl loves some pockets. A long strip of coral knit creates a faux tie at the front- it’s a nice touch.
I really recommend this pattern if you’ve got a school-aged girl (it goes up to a size 8). It is the perfect school dress, so comfy and cute. Ellery wore her last two (blogged here) at least once a week.
My girl! How can she be wearing a size 8???
7 thoughts on “Gramercy + Chambray Lulu Dress”
Holy Growth Spurt! And a very cute dress.
They do grow fast, don’t they?
adorable dress! you have the best taste!
Best post! Guacamole! Now I truly believe they’re related to me!
aww it’s so adorable! She is growing up so fast!
Beautiful for back to school! The fact that you can do this while kids are nearby playing is pretty amazing! Stop growing Ellery!
this dress is fantastic! i love the faux tie, and chambray + leah duncan is always a win. E wears her two Lulu dresses all the time too. With low slung ponytails. 😉
I love this dress! I think I’ve finally been pushed over the edge into printing off this pattern and getting one sewn up. I really love the pockets and tie as well!