Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday when you’re a child. You get to open cute pink and red cards, eat heart shape candies and dress in lots of pink. Growing up my dad always showered my sister and I with extra attention on Valentine’s Day, giving us stuffed animals or boxed chocolates and extra affection. My daughter is 5 years old and although she is definitely a mommies girl in many ways, she absolutely adores her daddy. Time alone with just she and her dad is something she looks forward to with excitement.
We like to make a point to have special daddy/daughter dates in our family. The relationship a little girl has with her father sets the tone and expectation for all future relationships with men. It’s so important that fathers take the time to have one on one time with their little girls. The actual activities for daddy/daughter dates are not what matter; it’s the time together that is important. Usually, my hubby will take our little girl to ice cream or frozen yogurt, maybe a trip to the local playground. This year I wanted to make a special Valentine’s Day Dress for our little girl for her Valentine’s date with her Daddy.
I’m often inspired by fabric more than I am by a pattern, so I started searching for a cute Valentine’s fabric. I wanted something simple. If I’m going to take the time to make a dress; I want it to be able to be worn on days other than Valentine’s Day. I found the perfect fabric by Michael Miller. It’s simple black drawn hearts on top of a white background. Michael Miller cottons are my favorite. They have a very soft feel and don’t wrinkle too badly, which is especially important when making children’s clothing.
Once I had decided on my main fabric, I started looking for the right pattern. I’ve been wanting to use one of the patterns from Lindsey Wilkes book Sew Classic Clothes for Girls and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. The first dress I ever made was using Lindsey Wilkes’ (The Cottage Mama) free pattern The Party Dress. The directions were very clear and I was able to make a dress I was proud to have my daughter wear. If you have ever considered sewing clothes for young girls, I highly recommend you try Lindsey’s (The Cottage Mama) patterns. Her directions are great for beginners.
For this dress, I decided on the Classic A-line dress from the book. I wanted something simple and this pattern fit the bill. However, I knew with such a simple print it would need something extra, so I added a simple black peter pan collar with red piping. I also added red piping to the hemline. The dress came together beautifully. My daughter loves it, which is the most important thing, right?
Does your family do father/daughter dates? What type of activities do your little girls enjoy the most with their dad?