Both of my granddaughters are obsessed with princesses and as a result love to wear dresses. Every day, every where. They are that perfect mix of tomboy and princess. :-) What else could I give to a little one for Easter than a crocheted dress? How about one that can grow with her?
I’ll prove first that this child loves her dresses.
I have so many pictures of her in dresses it’s hard to believe she’s related to me. :-) But I won’t bore you with more. You came to see what I will be giving her this Easter. Children grow so fast the idea of making an outfit that will only be worn for one season seems wasteful. Being that she is the youngest girl, there is no one to hand down her clothes to at this time.
Instead I decided to make her dress adjustable. Starting with the shoulder straps.
I made the shoulder straps longer than they needed to be and tacked them down so as not to bother her when wearing her dress. The entire section was added after the dress was completed so it could be removed later and worn without shoulder straps when older and it would be guaranteed to stay in place.
The dress is an A shape which gives her body room to fill it out. For now it will be a dress, later it might be a long sweater with tights and won’t be too tight on her body.
Total cost of the yarn was $7 and I have a small ball leftover for any alterations she may want later. I have enough yarn left over to add more to the length or even add entirely new shoulder pieces on it if she wants.
The yarn was picked out by the oldest granddaughter who fell in love wit the color and “sparkly” touches. She would have received hers this Easter as well, but she decided she would design it for me and it’s turned into a larger dress than I first thought. I will share her dress with you when its completed, and show you how I built in the ability to grow with her and to be modified as she ages.