Sewing: Geranium dress in knit (!!!!!)

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspiredI didn’t think I could love the Rae’s Geranium Dress pattern more than I already did.  The Geranium pattern was the first beautifully-finished sewing garments I made, about a year ago.  I remember looking at my daughter, thinking ‘I made that?’  It was a catalyst into the ‘what’s possible…’ arena of home sewing.   I would dress this girl in a Geranium dress three days a week, but like many kids, she prefers knits.  (honestly, she prefers pajamas over anything)

But in a lightbulb moment, I decided to attempt a Geranium out of knit fabric, and it just may be the best decision I’ve ever made.  Dramatic wording completely necessary.  I LOVE this dress.  Hard.  It is the perfect every-day-play dress.

Unlike the original, this bodice is unlined.  Instead, the neck and arms are finished with bands of the knit.  Oh yeah, and it sewed up in about ten minutes.

And just for fun, let’s go through how a photoshoot works, shall we.

anatomy of a toddler photoshoot

First, said toddler has to agree to be photographed.  Toddler always has the option of saying no, running away, falling on the floor in a heap of strong will.  Sometimes toddler is deceptively agreeable, nodding her head and saying ‘pretty dress, pretty dress.’  Don’t be fooled.

Next, consenting toddler has to show you that she really doesn’t want to be doing this, but will suffer for the treat she knows she’ll get when it’s over.  The shoot begins a little like this.

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“I’ll stand on this stupid box, but I am not going to look at you.  I’ve changed my mind and I want my jammies back on.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Okay, maybe I’ll uncover one eye…but just one.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Mom, stop making pretend toot noises…you are not funny…and I am trying to pout.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Whoa.  Hold the phone…there’s a DOG on this dress?”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Hey Chloe!!  There’s a DOG on my DRESS!”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Oh, look, something shiny.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Haha, nails on a chalkboard is hilarious!  Well, your reaction is hilarious.  Muahahahahaha.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“My feet are pretty cold.  I think I’ll sit just like this for the next five minutes.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“A little constructive criticism for you, Mom, this dress could really use some pockets.  Maybe next time?”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Fine, fine, I’ll turn around.  But I probably won’t ever turn back around.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“Unless, of course, it’s to scratch the chalkboard with my tiny, evil baby nails.”

sewing the geranium dress in knit fabric / adirondack inspired

“I’m done.  All you’ll get from here out are glassy, unfocused stairs. Where’s my chocolate?”

And scene.

What are your photoshoots like?  Any tricks you have up your sleeve?”

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  • Reply Kimberlee April 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Loved this…so much

    • Reply Monica April 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

      :) glad to entertain. Miss you!

  • Reply Kelly April 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Super cute. I LOVE it and the Geranium pattern as well. It is always my go to pattern I am now going to have to go make my own knit Geranium. :)

  • Reply Meghan April 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Best. Post. Ever.

    I made a knit Geranium once….me thinks I need to go make one again :)

  • Reply hamilton chicklets April 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Love it in knit. I find myself to sew anything in a woven lately and much prefer the instant gratification I get from sewing with knits. Did you size down and did you lower the neckline at all to account for the addition of the neckband?

  • Reply angela April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    First, great dress. And I feel your pain on photographing toddlers. Sounds like our girls would make great chums but would scheme up more trouble if they ever got together. I’m trying to get away from the food rewards so now that its getting nicer out a trip to a playground is making her happy. Gotta mix it up a bit.

  • Reply Heidi @ April 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    What?? Knit Geranium?! Genius!! Pretend toot noises. Now I have a new trick up my sleeve. Sorry, no photo shoot tips from me I’m just going to take from you, I’m all burned out :)

    • Reply Monica April 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

      I thought so, too. Ha. It sews up SO FAST! It’s going to be a summer staple. And yes, toot noises go a looong way. I learned the art from my middle guy. :)

  • Reply Becky April 12, 2014 at 6:30 am

    This is great, have been thinking of doing exactly this, you have inspired me to do this.

    • Reply Monica April 12, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Yes, do it! The silhouette is just as adorable as the Geranium, it makes me so happy to see it on her!

  • Reply Amy April 12, 2014 at 6:30 am

    LOVE this dress and the last picture should be framed pronto

    • Reply Monica April 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Aww, thanks Amy. I need you to go through my pics and help me pick out framers! I’ve got some decorating in the future I am going to need ‘Amy help’ with.

  • Reply April boyer April 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, Monica. I love you (is it okay for me to say that? Hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable. You know, in a friend type way…nothing more…). ;) This is hilarious!! And she sounds like my daughter. Some days she wears pjs all day. And I had that same moment after I made my first geranium dress. I realized I can sew! And it looks good! Did you size it down at all?

    • Reply Monica April 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Ha, totally okay. I’ve always wanted someone who loves me in California. You know, so I can visit :) Ha. I love that you share that geranium moment…! That’s a sign of a great pattern, when it makes you feel like that… :) And yes, I sized down and widened the neckline quite a bit because it was sized down and I needed to add add the knit band. The print on the shirt kind of dictated the neckline for this, so it was wider than I would have done on my own, but it came out perfect sizing-wise. That’s why I love knits, they are so forgiving…

  • Reply Lisa in Port Hope April 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Ha ha ha! Although the other pose I get is one with her curled up into a ball so I get a picture of her bum. Which I threaten to send to grandma. I haven’t tried the geranium dress but I agree knits are super. Visiting from Sew snd Tell Saturday

    • Reply Monica April 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Oh yes, classic pose! :)

  • Reply justine April 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

    So precious. You have captured the lightning quick mood changes of the toddler perfectly. I miss those days! And sweet little dress.

    • Reply Monica April 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Justine! :) Going through the photos were hilarious. I think one of the things I’ll love about looking back at this blog, is all the photos of the kids.

  • Reply Jenn AJennuineLife April 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Gah! I just love this! Geranium in knit, with a dog on it, and your captions are perfectly priceless! Love, love, LOVE!

  • Reply Fiona May 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    She’s adorable! My toddler just runs away :) I love how the geranium turned out in a knit. What a great idea!

  • Reply janice5minutesformom July 9, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Oh my gosh – I just love this post! My toddler have grown into big kids – 7 and 13. And I STILL can have some nightmare photo shoots. Whenever I shoot other people’s children it is such a relief to have kids who behave. ;)

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