See this dress on this girl?
Insanely cute, yes? Let’s discuss.
The pattern is the Edelweiss Dress from Hey June! Handmade, and I’m the next stop on what has been an amazing tour of Edelweiss goodness. Adrianna, the design genius behind Hey June! and one half of the dynamic-duo over at Crafterhours, has an eye for classic looks and sweet details. The Edelweiss delivers on both.
I have been sitting on this amazing rainbow linen my mom gave me for a couple of years now. Mom actually used this fabric almost 40 years ago to make culottes (remember those? yeah, neither do I) for my older sisters. All I had was a remnant left over from the ‘70s. The fact I pulled out this fabric for the Edelweiss says more about the trust I have in Adrianna and her Hey June! patterns than anything else I can tell you.
I also used another vintage linen from my mom for the ruffled straps (ruffled straps!!). I used a variegated orange thread in my serger to do a rolled hem along the edges, and I kind of more than a little bit totally love how it turned out. And then I added just a bit more color to the plain linen with some green and yellow topstitching at the straps. There are options for both tunic- and dress lengths for the Edelweiss. I went with the tunic length, because Ivy is always getting caught in dresses while climbing up the stairs (or playhouse ladder, or chairs, or stools, or anything and everything else). Plus, toddler knees!
Also, making it this length meant I was totally justified in making Ivy a pair of [self-drafted] linen bloomers to match.
I know. Can it get any cuter?
And I’m not the only one. If you’ve been following the tour, it’s kind of crazy how many have commented on how much we love the Edelweiss back. The detail of the off-center closure seriously had me grinning the whole time I was sewing it up. It’s stuff like this that I love: a simple, unexpected design element that takes a pattern to a whole new level. This dress is why we all need to sew more indy patterns. The world needs more Edelweiss.
And more baby armpit creases.
You can purchase the Edelweiss Dress Pattern HERE
And now, just because it’s my blog and I want to, my favorite two shots from our Edelweiss photo shoot
And what happens when you bring a baby to water and don’t let her drink, or get within three feet of the bank.
I was given the Edelweiss Dress Pattern for free, but I absolutely mean everything I said about it. It’s amazing and I love it and you really need to own it and sew up, like, a dozen. Now go buy this pattern!