Labor Day always makes me a little sad, because it is generally agreed upon that it is the official end of summer. This past week though I was able to finish up one last summery sewing project, and I share it with you just in time with only a few hours of official summer left!
I made Addy her Cape Island dress! I absolutely LOVE the version of this dress made by American Girl, but unfortunately the prices on eBay are astronomical so I decided to make it. I have had the 1865 Cape Island Dress pattern from Kindred Thread on Pixie Faire for a while now, I used the alternate “view B” to make a dress for my mom’s Marie-Grace last year for Christmas. I knew that I when I got Addy the very first thing I would make for her was the Cape Island Dress! I started shopping for the supplies before I even bought her. I actually had some trouble finding fabric the right color and a terrible time finding thin black soutache braid. What I ended up using is actually thicker than I would have liked, but oh well. The pattern is very easy to follow and has a beautiful fit. It definitely is a somewhat difficult pattern and certainly very time consuming (almost all of the braid had to be sewn on by hand) but I would recommend it. I made a number of small mistakes but I am overall fairly pleased with how it turned out.
Of course, my favorite thing about this dress is the spot-on historical accuracy! Below is a picture from the book Addy’s World (side note: those “World” books are the best, and it’s a shame they don’t make them any more) and as you can see, it is an exact replica! This dress is captioned as having been for a toddler.
Below is the dress I made for Marie-Grace. I think this pattern is a great value because you get two different versions in one. I love this version because it has a bit more versatility and I think fits right in with Marie-Grace’s 1850’s wardrobe.
Addy and Marie-Grace look so sweet and summery, but their time in this pretty style is fleeting! Time to get ready for fall, girls!