Oh, my little Katydid.
She and Lucy Pevensie would've been great friends, I think.
Spunky little thing, she is.
Didn't quite want to be Lucy at first. Said she wanted to be Susan, just like her sisters, because Lucy was "the littlest".
A little too close to home, I guess, being the littlest of three sisters and all.
Reassured her that Lucy was quite the heroine, and that, of all the Pevensie siblings, she was the one with the purest heart and truest faith.
"Okay." She said. "Aaand I want the pouch for her healing thingy. It's triangular. Aaand it's on her belt."
Kate's dress was really, really easy to make - fuss-free, fast and with a fair bit of ease so she could grow into it (and wear it to next year's Renaissance Festival). There was only one tiny issue to reckon with: the frilly bit of inner fake-chemise peeking out from the top of the neckline. I knew the perfect fabric for it -thin Tshirt knit that wouldn't bulk up too much when ruffled - but I didn't have it, and didn't want to drive out to the fabric store just to buy an eighth of a yard for this. There were theoretical alternatives, all of which I had in my possession -satin or cotton, for instance, but they were scratchy against the skin. So I compromised with some rather robust ivory interlock in my stash, gathering it as little as possible between the outer and lining neckline layers, so the neckline would stay lie flat.
Then decided it wasn't quite ruffled enough, so I hand-gathered its inner layer to crumple the outer layer a bit more. You can see those stitches in the photo above.
Shoulda gone to the fabric store after all.
Oh, well, moving on now- the sleeves are attached directly to the bodice which has faux princess seams in front and back. I mean, the princess seams are real but they have zero dart-function. They were pieced purely for aesthetics.
The skirt is a semi-circular skirt (or maybe it was two-thirds circular- I can't remember) done in two halves.
The ivory inner skirt is only a front layer - so the back of the skirt is a single red layer, and the front of the skirt is a two-layered thing with a red, split layer over the ivory inner layer. Then those two halves are joined at the side seams into a full skirt and attached to the bodice at the drop-waist line.
Gives quite a good twirl, I thought, while keeping a nice elegant line down the body. A full circular skirt would have not added significant drama to that spin and would've weighed down a little child, besides.
The belt and pouch were made of vinyl, left over from this project.
The pouch itself is a gusset-style bag with a flap over the front that extends from the back piece.
Under that button
is a magnetic snap -it's easier for little kids to manipulate than a real clasp.
The pouch slides on and off the belt
on two loops sewn to its back.
One dress and one pouch-on-a-belt
for a little girl who has a hard time sitting still.
May you have all kinds of daring adventures, sweet and dauntless one.