A long time ago, my Mom took a picture of me wearing a Mennonite empire-waist dress in front of a wild clump of tiger lilies. I wore braids and was barefoot. I was grinning like a fool.
The dress actually belonged to my best little girl friend....there were two of these dresses and we matched. We both had deep roots from Lancaster Cty, PA and a family history of "Plain" or Mennonite.
The dress was a bright green calico. I have kept an eye out for a similiar fabric ever since I began sewing in earnest in my adulthood... the bright green calico is nostalgic to me of braids, barefeet, and the easy happiness of matching your like-minded best girl friend.
Meanwhile, I've not stumbled across anything quite like that fabric.
I decided to make Baby Girl a play dress from a dark, green floral fabric that I've had for years and years. (Now, mind you...there's no comparison to the calico-from-the-past; the one I used now borderlines on army-drab-green, but I think I threw enough other color elements/patterns in there to balance that)
This is a ModKid pattern: Isabel. I've used it before and like it.
I was hit with an urgent need to make a few Wearables for Baby Girl, this winter, and this was the first of a long line of things that were made.
I also behaved myself and used only fabrics from my stash and repurposed old clothing. (No new fabric purchases!)
The dress turned out sweetly, I believe. It's cuter in real-life. It'll hold up well to grass-stains, mud, and the stains that come from taking a bareback ride on a not-so-clean hairy horse.
Which suits Baby Girl just fine.