I finally finished June Baby two weeks ago, but have been so busy I clean forgot to write about it.
I made it somewhat long, as the granddaughter is tall for her age, and I want it to last an extra season if at all possible.
It looks so much better when cleaned and pressed, don't you think? The granddaughter has come and gone, and I'm sure you are asking why I don't have a picture of the her in it? Because it is just a smidge too big for her! It is definitely not too long, but too big in the shoulder area. So it gets put away for next summer, and I'll have a photo then.
I mentioned earlier that I lost the buttons that came with the kit, found five heart shaped buttons, but managed to make six buttonholes. I really need to work on my counting skills.
I went to the fabric shop, bought the heart shaped buttons, but saw some lovely violet buttons that match the organdy and scallops beautifully. Since then I found a sixth heart button, so I didn't need to go to the fabric store in the first place. But the ones that came with the kit are still missing. If I were to clean out the sewing room as I said I would, undoubtedly I would find them.
Now for the likes and dislikes:
I really love the pattern, it's so nice and simple, and the use of DMC Coton a Broder, especially for the scallops on the violet organdy. I really like making pintucks by hand, they make the dress look somehow more relaxed. I also like the linen, which makes this dress truly an heirloom. I was a bit worried about the seam on the hem staying up, but it seems to stay put once ironed well.
The one and only thing I don't like about this dress is that it is made of linen. Wait, I said that in the likes portion just above! I love the look and feel of linen, but I don't like the fact that it wrinkles as soon as it's worn for about a minute. My daughter is not a great one to iron, so I don't think it will get worn as much.
Still, it's a lovely pattern, and worth making again, maybe in a poly cotton blend to keep the wrinkling down. And we did have such a great time in Santa Barbara during the class for this dress. Thanks to Vaune Pierce, our teacher!