A Bambi Dress

A while ago my friend An from Straight Grain posted a dress that I knew Ania would absolutely love. The fabric was the cutest. I immediately clicked on the link to the shop, Bambiblauw, and after navigating it for about half an hour (it's in Dutch) I reached the checked out only to discover that they didn't ship to the United States. Sigh. My next step involved extensive whining and complaining to An, and she graciously offered to get it for me. So not only she is the coolest blogger with the impeccable sense of style, she is also kind and giving. Yep, an impossibly high standard to reach. I am good at whining. (hey, it worked). :) :)






The fabric is a panel, and there was just not enough length to sew a dress long enough for Ania. I used an Ottobre pattern (6/2013 issue), slightly modified. The same I used here. I knew thatmy only otpion was to color block the top of the dress to add length. I was going to use some polka dotted Nani Iro fabric that I had in my stash, but then realized I had enough scraps to be able to cut the top of the dress from the same panel! Yeah. I added the fabric from the back to the front, and the fabric from the front to the back. I think it adds some interest.


I also forgot that  the tiny bambis in the back make lines, didn't pay any attention to that at all. It could have been a disaster, but luckily the sewing gods were with me that day, because everything lined up perfectly. Phew. The dress moved in the picture, and it looks like the lines are off, but trust me, it's all good.


I made the dress for Ania's kindergarten graduation. Now, I will let you on a secret how to become the most popular mother among all the kindergarten girls. Make a bambi dress. Yep, that's all. Other mothers tried the whole year to win the title - volunteered, brought snacks, smiled a lot, etc, etc. They put a good fight and came so close to the finishing line, and then I swooped in with the bambi dress and it was all over. The victory was mine. LOL









Ania loves her dress and I do too. Thank you An for sending me such cool fabric!













I would love if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Bloglovin! 

21 comments

  1. As you've already won most popular mother at kindergarten - you don't need me to tell you how amazing this dress is!! But it is - and your photography too - simply stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  2. These photos and the dress are BEAUTIFUL! I love the contrasting shoulder panels...genius.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hahaha. What a wonderful post and congrats for winning most popular mother at kindergarten ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hilarious commentary!! Congrats on a well-earned title :)!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ha ha, what a fun post! And thank you for the nice compliments - it was a pleasure sending the fabric to you dear friend. By the way: Bambiblauw now also ships to the US. Yay!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's a beautiful dress and your photos are just amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hahaha, yup they tried SO hard...and yet instead they should have taken sewing lessons. TOO funny! LOVE the dress and the photos. But to call unmatched Bambis for a disaster is a bit of a stretch, don't you think?! LOL. I'm glad it all worked out :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Olga! This is amazing. Your photos are seriously so magical, and you are so great at capturing a "feeling", if that makes any sense, hehe. And of course I love the dress, but that goes without saying!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I m sure Anya was super proud of her dress :) and I love how the scarcity drove your creativity - the shoulder panels really turned out very nice

    ReplyDelete
  10. So awesome! This dress is amazing as are your photos! And that An is pretty spectacular too!<3

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love everything about this! the fabric is so cute and your daughter looks adorable on her new dress.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful dress! She is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  13. So very beautiful! The dress, the photography, the girl! Keep up the great work.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Ok, taking notes. Step one: Make a Bambi dress. Then take awesome pics of it. Righto 😉

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh, that Bambi fabric!!! I need to get some!

    ReplyDelete
  16. So glad you're the most popular mother! Ditto to what everyone else said, gorgeous photography & adorable Bambi dress!

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is sooooo cute! We are lucky with those beautiful and easy shops in Belgium ;)

    ReplyDelete
  18. The dress is so pretty! I would love for you to link up to the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at BehindtheSeamsSewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

    ReplyDelete
  19. Stunning dress, model and photos! I am in love with your photos!!! Good to hear the shop is shipping to U.S.now,otherwise An would be getting more emails ;)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh, this dress is sooo beautiful!! also your photos are stunning! Great fabric works well with simple pattern, well done Olga!

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear from you!