Stella celebrated her 3rd birthday yesterday. I've posted about all of the homemade presents I made her but not the matching tea party dress and doll dress. I made a size three and instead of piping I did a little eyelet ruffle trim. The fabric is Liberty Lawn and it is a lined with an off white cotton. I used mother of pearl buttons. I love this pattern and the Liberty Lawn and eyelet combo. It is the kind of dress I have been wanting to make for a long time. I thought it might be too big but it fits great and has enough room for t-shirt underneath since it is not really sleeveless dress weather here.
Stella is not in a diaper anymore but I still wanted to do the bloomers. I made doll bloomers once and they were really tricky so I thought learning to do it on an Oliver and S pattern would help for future ones. The directions for these were wonderful just like both dresses and everything Oliver and S I have ever made.
One of the reasons I had selected the tea party dress was because I wanted to do a matching doll dress. I had wanted to do something with sleeves but I was motivated to do the tea party doll dress for the Little Things to Sew Cover to Cover challenge. I used the same materials and love it just as much as Stella's dress. I couldn't find a t-shirt (and I really looked) the same color as Stella's but the shoes I found were pretty close.
edited a little later in the day - The pattern is from Little Things to Sew from Oliver and S. I added a half an inch to each side so that it would fit Bitty baby who is a little wider than the 18 inch dolls. It fit well enough for a doll dress.
Stella didn't get most her presents until after dinner and I loved giving her the special outfits to wear in the morning. I think I will have to do this for her every birthday. She loved it as much as I did. I can't wait to do some more matching outfits for the spring and summer.