Late last year a friend of mine from work had asked me to make a special dress for her granddaughter’s first birthday. She had a vision of a wrap dress with pleats. Projects where you are working to meet a vision are always a challenge. I showed her several pictures and we decided on the Daphne Wrap from The Cottage Mama with some adaptations to add pleats in the front.
She was looking for something with a St Patrick’s Day theme as they are Irish. I went with a kelly green for the dress and used a soft white fabric with embossed shamrocks for the lining.
She envisioned a pleat on either side of center on the skirt. This pattern lends itself easily to the adaptation. See how to adapt any pattern for box pleats HERE. I found a perfect piece with small green shamrocks to accent the pleats!
I like the way this dress goes together. The criss cross in the straps and the ability to move the buttons or button holes give this dress the flexibility to work over several seasons. I can see the little one wearing this as a tunic next year on St Patty’s Day.
Isn’t she a doll! As a bonus M gets a skirt. It started out as a muslin, and it seemed a shame to waste it. So now she is ready for St Patty’s Day too!
What special project are you working on? Soon we will be starting our Easter wear. Spring must certainly be on its way!
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