I'm still not able to manage successful sewing right now. My 2 year old wrecks the machine while I'm distracted (all the time) and when I get back to it, the needle is bent and the the thread is missing and and and. I did not look forward to sewing any winter dresses. Rather I did, but was trying to be realistic about what I can accomplish. But I couldn't find much in the stores I was willing to purchase so here we are.
I started out with something else entirely which ended with my shoving the whole project deeeeep into my fabric closet. I pulled it all out again the next morning and whipped out another Geranium, this time with three quarter length sleeves . Even this dress, which I love, isn't wildly successful. I pulled the sleeve pattern from another dress and they are too tight. I plan on loosening the elastic and perhaps just pairing it with a cardigan. I just this second recalled I have plenty of leftover fabric, I could snip those off and redo the sleeves entirely. Yes, that's the way to go.
I did add piping and that did go well! I love how much more polished the dress looks with piping. The fabric is Emmy Grace Voile from Hawthorne Threads and is lovely. It is smooth and soft and doesn't hold onto wrinkles, even when bunched up into a car seat. I did have to line the skirt (not in the original pattern) because it is quite sheer.
This pattern is so easy to adapt and comes together so quickly. I'm going to whip up a dress up outfit (Emily from Little Bear) for the baby for Christmas.