Geranium Dress

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I finally got on the bandwagon and whipped up an adorable (if i do say so myself) Gernaium dress.  There’s a lot of hype online about this pattern and I now know why.  Its that awesome.  Truthfully, its very similar in construction and fit to the Oliver + S Bubble Dress (which I love!)  Cap sleeves, gathered skirt, lined bodice…  There are a few differences – the Bubble Dress has a fully lined skirt and an obvious bubble on the bottom of the skirt.  And while I did love the ease of the construction of the Gernaium dress, the finished project of the Oliver + S pattern does produce a slightly more refined and polished end result.  The construction of the back enclosure and the way the bodice is attached to the skirt produce a more professional looking finish, but honestly, the speed with which I was able to churn this sucker out trumps spending THAT much more time getting the more finished look.  I think its worth it.

The pattern:  Made by Rae’s Geranium Dress

IMG_1485its a little tough to actually see the dress in this photo, but it was just too darn chilly to subject the kiddo to the elements in a short sleeved dress.  Not that I didn’t try…

The fabric:  Wild World – Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics.  Westminster Fibers – Flower Child

The modifications:  I followed the pattern as written.  Although, next time I will use probablyactually’s suggestions and add flat piping to the dress.  Because it just looks so darn cute.  But also, it will eliminate the need to stitch-in-the-ditch when attaching the bodice to the skirt.  Because while it doesn’t look awful, I’m just really not digging the part of the pattern where you attached the bodice.

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The Verdict:  There will be more Geranium dresses in our future.  Without a doubt.  In fact, I already have the next version in the queue.  Its a random yard of Liberty quilting cotton I picked up at my last fabric store run – it just screams fall Geranium dress to me.  Paired with woolen stockings and a knit cardi perhaps?

IMG_1924and i think the birthday girls digs it… 

 

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