The Bug got to choose her own Christmas dress this year.
She picked the Ballerina Girl pattern from Ellie Inspired. This is the first Ellie Inspired pattern I've used and it was a little different than what I'm used to but it turned out beautifully.
The Bug's favorite color is this shade of blue. Not the most traditional Christmas color but lovely none the less. The bodice and sash and nice slippery satin and the skirt is about 9 yards of tulle layered and gathered over a satin underskirt. It has a very "princess" effect doesn't it?
We paired the dress up with a gold cardigan and some gold glitter flats from Ruum (they had some super pre-Christmas sales). The perfectly matched hairbow is a gift from a friend and the necklace is mine. She felt very fancy.
Ellie Inpired is currently in the processes of adding American Girl doll patterns to all of their big girl patterns but since I bought my ballerina girl pattern before that format change, I had to figure out a coordinating doll dress on my own. I found a book at the library with some great 18" doll patterns, "Doll Fashion Studio" by Joan Hinds.
I was out of satin so I used this similarly colored corduroy that I had on hand. I found just two of these little vintage rhinestone buttons in grandma's button jar. They are purely decorative, not functional since the dress closes up with a narrow strip of velcro.
I made this dress in a size 7 hoping it would fit for a while. It will for sure, it's plenty long and there is enough room for a year or maybe even two of growth in the waist and bodice.