The challenges of taking a picture of my not quite two year old in a dress? Nothing says SPIN SPIN SPIN like a dress. It’s sweet and fun and endlessly frustrating when trying to take a picture. This week for the Valentines theme on Project Run and Play I sewed up a version of the Paper Fan dress (free pattern yay!). I found this pattern after visiting Nest Full of Eggs. Check it out: the great fabric makes it easier to spot all the great features of this dress!
The only catch of the free pattern? It only sized down to a 2T. I’ve learned the hard way she is tall enough for a 2T, but she is just too narrow. She drowns in them. So I did some resizing. I’m pretty happy with it. I’ll bring the shoulder in a little more I think.
I had a little bit of trouble with the fabric. I assumed the hearts were suppose to run straight up and down. I squared everything up, and my hearts ran at an obviously very unintentional wonky diagonal. I had to do some shifting and rearranging to get the pattern straightened out and everything back on grain.
I like the soft pink on her. It suits her personality, even if it doesn’t do a great job of showing off all the pleats in there! I cheated the waistband a little. I didn’t use accent fabrics so I just attached the bodice to the skirt without the paper bag waistband effect in the pattern.
The back crosses over and buttons. I used a couple delicate little white buttons I had in my stash. I moved my button placement from the original pattern she ran around all day and the far side of the dress didn’t sag, so in the smallest size the far left button doesn’t seem to make or break it.