The First Dress for my First Granddaughter
My first granddaughter was born in May, 1989. In the spring of 1990, my daughter wanted to enter Nikohl in a baby contest. I was receiving the magazine Sew Beautiful, and on the cover was the following picture:
I wanted to make the dress in a size 18 months for her for the contest; however, there was no pattern available for me to purchase. So I set about copying the picture and making the pattern in a size that would fit Nikohl.
Later in the year The Bunnykins Heirloom Sewing Collection came out, and the dress was one of the patterns, but it started with a size 5.
Here is the pattern book:
At that point I had already made the dress, and here are pictures of the one I made:
The bodice yolk with the shadow embroidered roses and rabbits.
The hem with the shadow embroidery on organza circles, and the entire hem in French lace and entredeaux.
And the completed dress.
The end of the story is that Nikohl hated the dress when we put it on her, and she screamed her head off. Needless to say, she did not win the contest, even though we were totally convinced she was the most beautiful child in the group!
The finale of the story is quite comical. Two years later she had a baby sister, and when Becca, the baby sister, was two years old, I made another heirloom dress for Nikohl, put Becca in the Rabbit dress that I had made for Nikohl, and took them to get their picture taken. Nikohl then cried because her sister's dress was prettier than hers!!
This is the picture of the two of them in their heirloom dresses the day of the photo shoot. And I must add that it is my most favorite picture of the two of them. They are now age 24 and 22.