I have never been so pleased to finish a project.
Not only because I have kept my sweet daughter Miss A, who so desperately wanted this dress for her 6th birthday, waiting e.i.g.h.t. months for this dress, but also because I am so OVER it.
Having said that, I do love this dress.
I am so glad I persisted with it, and that I didn't rush it or cut corners or say "that'll do" when certain elements weren't quite right.
Like the neck - which when finished as per the book was quite large (as is the whole dress).
So I added two rows of single crochet and one row of picot to match the edging around the sleeves and bottom of the dress.
So, afew details about this project.
Pattern: Dolores dress, Crochet Design for kids - Lucinda Guy
Yarn: 4 ply Luxury in Forest (green), brick (red), baby pink and baby blue - Bendigo Woolen Mills
Time: started August 2010, finished May 2011
I made this dress following the pattern for a size 4-5 (the largest size in the book).
After taking Miss A's measurements I felt sure the dress would fit her. But as the months rolled on by I got more and more concerned as to whether it would still fit.
I needn't have worried though, the dress is actually still too big for Miss A - phew!
Not only because it still fits, but also because it means that after all that time and effort the dress will see another winter's worth of wearing.
And that's before it gets handed on down the line to Miss B!
Thankfully Miss A still loves it, and wore it to a birthday party on the weekend!