-- Feature image by Katie Anne Photography --
Coming up next is a pattern that is very dear to my heart -- the Tea Party Dress.
This pattern was originally drafted almost 4 years ago for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding. The brief was for a dress that was simple, classic and fun for the kids to wear! We went through many ideas, sketches and samples before settling on a style that immediately stole my daughters heart (and mine too!)
Above: A very early sample of the (now) Tea Party Dress
Once I saw how much my daughter loved it, I started making more and playing around with slightly different necklines and sleeves.
Above: Made with vintage doilies sewn in to shoulder to create little lace cap sleeves
Even my tiny 6month old wore a little version of this dress (complete with an itty-bitty mummy-made pettiskirt) for her Uncle and Aunty's wedding day. I wish I had a better photo of her wearing this sweet little outfit but I was on bridesmaid duties for the day and had left the kid prep/photo taking to my husband (silly mistake!)
Above: The headband placement is a clear give away that she was dressed by Daddy :P
This Tea Party Dress was also my older daughter's top pick for her 3rd birthday party dress - it was a carnival party!
Above: Roll up roll up - Its a carnival birthday dress (made with little cap sleeves)!
So... It has been almost 4 years since we fell in love with this classically girlie dress and the love has not faded. Every time I offer to make a dress for my girls they choose either the Amor Dress or this Tea Party Dress.
Above: On a very special High Tea date with Mum before starting big school - I can't believe how much she has grown!!
I am sure you can see why this pattern is a bit sentimental for me. It has been the dress of choice for so many big occasions in the last few years and the memories I have of my girls twirling and dancing, feeling confident, feminine and beautiful in this dress fills my heart with so much joy. I can't wait to share this dress with you all so that your kids can begin making memories in their Tea Party Dresses also!
Stay tuned for more info about the different variations that will be included in the pattern!
Until next time...
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