Award Winning Charissa Dress.

Friday, April 20, 2012

I won my first sewing award!  Okay, not exactly, but there's a shiny gold trophy sitting in our house that wouldn't have made it here without my ridiculous compulsion to sew St. Patrick's Day clothing for my daughter.  

I love springtime, green, and clovers.  I love listening to Solas when I sew.  When I learned that some friends were throwing a St. Patrick's Day party, I immediately started looking for a pattern for my one yard of Shinzi Katoh clover fabric.  I settled on the Charissa Dress by Growing Up with Charissa, which I'd bought ages ago but never tried out.

This is a wonderfully easy-to-sew pattern.  It goes together quickly, and I love the simplicity of the flutter sleeve construction.  I opted for the most basic design, but this pattern is extremely versatile, and the pattern designer has lots of great examples of ways to embellish.

I made a size 7 for Big Sister, who just yesterday weighed in at 57 lbs. (wow).  I think I may have lengthened it a touch.  It's got plenty of room and I'm sure a 6 would have been totally fine, but this should last nicely through the summer.  I put a very generously-sized dart in the front, as it would have totally fallen off without it.  I later added two tiny darts to the back, and now the fit is perfect.

Isn't this dress cute on?

It turns out that our Irish party hosts were giving awards for best dressed party guests whose attire exemplified the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.  I didn't think we had any chance of winning.  After all, Big Sister was not dripping in green, and you have to look pretty hard to even see that there are clovers all over that dress (and adorable bees and ladybugs).  But my cute little model took home the Honorable Mention trophy.  Woohoo!

I know you're dying to know what that second word says.  It's pronounced kay-lee, and it means celebration/party.  By the time Big Sister took her trophy to school the following Monday, she had the word down and proudly taught her kindergarten class how to pronounce it.

I hope our friends will make this party an annual tradition.  I'm already looking forward to next year's St. Patrick's Day sewing.

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