NL_6881LNew Look 6881 is my go to pattern for party dresses for Button.  The lovely purple satin version I made her last year was not only unsuitable for the warm and sunny weather we’ve been having of late, but also it didn’t fit her any more.  So when a birthday party invitation arrived recently, we high-tailed it off to our local fabric shop, The Buttonhole in Chorley, and I turned her loose.

She skipped around the shop pulling bolts of fabric off the shelves, finally settling on some gorgeous red and white dotty Michael Miller cotton.


It was, of course, some of the most expensive fabric in the shop.

What can I say??? Our girl has taste!

IMG_8655_edited-1I made the age 4 size, but added an inch to the bodice and an inch and a half to the hem, which means there is plenty of growing room in this one!

IMG_8629_edited-2The dress is lined in cotton lawn (I know!  But it’s so beautiful it seemed a shame not too!).  There is 4 metres of broderie anglais trim gathered around the hem, and 4 metres of net gathered onto the petticoat to give the skirt some twirlability. Which surely is the raison d’etre of any party dress!

IMG_8630_edited-1This is, without a doubt, one of my favourite makes, ever!

Strike a pose...

Strike a pose…

And, more importantly, Button loves it too!