I wanted to make Elisabeth a dress and include her monogram. And about that time I came across a pattern by Carla C Dolly Designs. The pattern is called "Simply Sweet Tops and Dresses" and is actually sold through youcanmakethis.com. Once the pattern is purchased you download it in an ebook format (pdf) directly to your computer. This pattern is amazing. It is so well thought out and has so many different variations. I know I'll be making many more...I already have two more planned for sure.
Anyway, I had a blue floral print that I wanted to use for the skirt and so I dug out this blue pique solid that was leftover from another outfit. You can't see it....but I lined the bodice in a light blue and white gingham. I like for the inside to look as good as the outside. I purchased the monogram font through embroideryfontshop.com. That was another fantastic experience...everything went so smoothly!!! I used green thread for the monogram to pick up some of the green from the floral skirt. Then of course, I added my trademark green gingham piping between the bodice and skirt. I really liked the dress/jumper as it was...but I thought it would benefit from adding something else....so I decided to make a peasant shirt to go underneath. This pattern is from an Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine.
When I decided to make the peasant top I knew if I was making it white I would have to dress it up a little....so I added a sweet row of crochet edging around the sleeve edges. I love it.....so feminine!!! When Elisabeth tried it on.....she reminded me of Heidi. Fortunately she and Emily LOVE the Shirley Temple movie version of Heidi! So she really likes the dress too. She wore it all day yesterday! And considering it was over 90 degrees here.....that's saying something!!!