Here in England’s West Country the spring blossom has been absolutely stunning this year, so it seems the right moment to show you Sophie looking cool and charming in her Apple Blossom dress. She’s wearing her favourite pink ballerina shoes with their little velvet bows, and of course she’s carrying her beloved cat which goes everywhere with her.
The dress is based on a bodice pattern by Miss Connie, which consists just of the bodice and sleeves. Once you have the bodice pattern it’s simple enough to cut a rectangle of material to make the skirt – just gather it into the bodice. This really is an excellently cut garment which fits the slender Kidz ‘n’ Cats dolls perfectly. So be warned, there’s no way Kit or any of the other American Girls will fit into this dress. Definitely for Kidz only!
One fat square provides plenty of material to make it up. I got this particular fabric in Millie Moon in Frome (Somerset, UK), a shop which caters largely for quilters and which stocks a wonderful range of beautiful fabrics with designs that are just the right scale for doll’s clothes.
Sophie’s ballerina shoes are by Kidz ‘n’ Cats, part of the four-piece footwear set available from retailers or direct from the Kidz ‘n’ Cats online shop itself. I was not terribly impressed by the shoe set, to be honest. These pink pumps are the best of the four, and fit the Kidz well. The coral-pink Mary Janes are pretty but the straps are cut too short and show the velcro fastenings when done up. The wellies are beautifully made but proved impossible to put on the Kidz, in fact Susan has inherited them as they slide onto her smaller feet without much difficulty. Finally there is a pair of green canvas trainers, which are poorly made, and came with laces that were too short to fasten in a bow. The trainers are also far too big for the Kidz’ slender feet, but I found that they fit Kit well, once I had swapped the laces for the longer ones in the wellies. Overall the quality is not great for the price, and I’d definitely recommend going to Monique Trading Corp instead as they have various styles in a size (75mm/34mm) that fits the Kidz.
I was truly delighted with this little dress. Made from this lovely fabric it needs no trimmings at all. It is just a simple, well-cut dress in an attractive material that suits Sophie’s blonde hair and blue eyes beautifully. It is a good basic dress design and the bodice pattern has proved very adaptable – as a future post will demonstrate.