We decided on a Celtic knotted style cross for a decoration high on the front of the bodice which I replicated on the front bottom of the skirt and again as a patch on the back. The little miss chose to use orange and gold along with green and white for the embroidery, to make it even a little more Irish. I then added a knot-work pattern as a sort of belt around the patch on the bodice and again at the bottom of the skirt. Again, these were done by hand. And then as if that wasn't enough of a work-load, I decided to do a lattice stitch in green across the white fabric at the top of the bodice (done on the machine this time!) I really love the look of the lattice stitching and the green really works to liven up the white and brighten up the little miss's complexion.
I used the same basic pattern I drafted when making the first dress, but I dropped the waist a bit, separated the bodice to make the chest and tummy different fabrics, pleated the skirt slightly differently, added some stiffening under the skirt, attached a high collar, and added a little room for growth. But still, basically the same pattern - lol. The stiffening took a little bit of work to get it to lay flat in the front, but in the end a fold in each side (between the centre front and side seams) fixed it.
I was thrilled with how well the lattice stitching matched up at the back seam, but the fact that I couldn't get the knotting to line up drives me crazy! I was hoping the back patch would take my attention away from the crookedness, but nope, I still see it.
We topped it all off with a little bit of Swarovski sparkle in each of the crosses, around the knotting, in each lattice diamond, and on the collar. As the little miss likes to tell people "Mum likes a little bit of sparkle on the dresses, but not too much."
The little miss is absolutely in love with her new dress. I think the colours suit her perfectly and I can't imagine ever getting tired of watching her dance in this one. Now, does anyone know of a way to stop kids from growing?... Oh, who am I kidding, I'll be itching to make another Irish dancing dress in no time. ;)