Ivy turned three last week. Like last year, I made her a special birthday dress. Unlike last year, I planned ahead and started it before the day of her actual birthday.
This year’s dress is the Wood Mouse Dress (#16) from Ottobre 6/2014, paired with some Go To Leggings. I really love this dress pattern. I knew I wanted to use it as Ivy’s birthday dress when Ottobre first previewed it back before the issue’s release. It has a front and back yoke, with the skirt gathered below, and then elasticized cuffs at the wrists. Cute and simple, and perfect for playing.
I made Ivy a size 92, the smallest the pattern goes to. However, it was still too large for her. After posting the too-big dress on Instagram and asking opinions, I decided to alter the dress instead of make a completely new one.
I took each side in by an inch and shortened the hem by about 3.5 inches. And now the fit is exactly how I wanted it: a tiny bit big for growing room, but not so much that she’s drowning in the thing. Her Belinda dress form last year’s birthday still fits, and has been one of my favorites, so I’m hoping to get a similar lifespan out of the Wood Mouse. The Go To Leggings, as always, were a perfect fit from the start.
Now, let’s discuss the fabric. Because it’s seriously some of my very favorite ever. EVER. The dress is Bunny Good Night by Lillestoff. I picked it up from Kitschy Coo months and months and months ago. Ivy immediately fell in love with it and would ask me every time she saw it in my sewing room, if it was a dress for her yet. The leggings are Swafing Gala Navy Blue Multi Stripe from Emrose Fabric. I love these stripes. So very, very much. I wish I had bought more. But I bought hardly any, only .5 meter. I was really worried that they wouldn’t match the Bunny Good Night, so didn’t want to buy too much. Then they were a perfect match, like so perfect, and the quality is amazing and the colors so vibrant. But when I went back to buy more, it was sold out.
Good thing this girl is a shorty and I can get a pair of pants for her out of .5 meter. Still, if you get a chance to buy Swafing stripes, do it. They’re fabulous.
Speaking of this girl, I adore her. She is everything I never knew I was missing.
At three, Ivy is feisty and independent. She doesn’t just say she wants to do things herself, she just does them. There is no hesitation, she leaps in and frequently surprises us all with what she is able to accomplish. She is a goofball, with a serious imagination. Her hands are her friends, and she’s named them. When she has no toys, or even when she does, she will play with her hands, acting out stories and carrying on conversations. She loves to pretend to be a puppy, or anything else that strikes her at the time. And she will aggressively enforce her will of you acting out whatever role she has assigned you. Do not break character. She offers us her hugs and expressions of love freely. Whoever sits next to her is sure to get squeezed at random, with an “I love you!”, every few minutes. Unless she doesn’t know you well. Then she is shy and hides her head, ducking and watching from under her lashes while she sizes you up. It takes her a while to warm up, but once she does, she will adore you. She inserts her favorite neighbors and friends into her stories, and begs to visit them frequently.
She loves books and will sit through dozens of them without stirring. We often find her in her bed, with a stack beside her, “reading” to herself. She also loves her shows and I have to be careful to not just let her watch and watch and watch, because she would all day, if I let her. And she adores her brothers. They dote on her like you wouldn’t believe, and she knows she has them all wrapped around her fingers. When she is sad or hurt, she often will ask for Seth before even her dad or myself. She follows them everywhere, and curls up in their arms as soon as they stop moving. She loves to jump: jump off things, jump across things, jump everywhere and anywhere. She never, ever steps off the last stair or a curb. She jumps off it. If she forgets, she has to go back and make things right with a jump-off. She sometimes just jumps from point A to point B instead of walking. Her favorite thing to do is jump on the trampoline, and can hold her own on that thing even with three older brothers jumping with her.
Dress: Wood Mouse Dress (#16) Ottobre 6/2014, sized down from size 92. Fabric is knit, Bunny Good Night by Lillestoff, from Kitschy Coo
Leggings: Go To Leggings from Go To Patterns. Fabric is knit, Swafing Gala Navy Blue Multi Stripe from Emrose Fabric
Shoes: Baby Gap