Elephant Dress

December 01, 2014

You might have noticed that someone is sporting a full arm cast.  Which brings it to five broken bones (three accidents) in a year.  I know.  We can barely believe it.  This last one she simply rolled off the sofa and managed to break both bones and displace them requiring an urgent trip to Starship hospital for manipulation under anaesthetic.  This happened a while ago and we are nearing the end of this broken arm journey, thank goodness.

Luckily, it wasn't nearly as much of an impact on her life as her leg was, and after a few days she was running around like nothing had happened and barely noticed the cast.  Except of course when changing her clothes - which does happen multiple times per day as the whim takes her :)

As it happened I started sewing her this dress months ago in autumn, however,  it was abandoned when the sickness set in.  Remembering how it had button openings and even elastic loop buttons under the arms as well, it seemed to be the perfect "broken arm dress"!   With just the pockets needing to be sewn on to complete it, I hit the sewing machine for the first time in absolute months.  Ten very long minutes later it was done, mama took a nap and we had a dress that would go on easily!

Elephants are still her animal of choice hence the little free form embroidery I did ages ago on the pockets.  She calls all elephants "Heffalumps" after Winnie the pooh - too sweet.  Thank goodness it was an instant hit!  She chose the little bunny buttons which she found in my button jar.  I based the dress off a vintage pattern adjusting the length to fit.

Now, just need to figure out how to keep sand in the sand pit and out of the cast :)

Xx

9 comments:

  1. Oh no! I hadn't even noticed the cast on her arm in your earlier post - wow, she's a bit of a bruiser isn't she? I think there always seems to be one child that ends up having all the calamities, so that bodes well for child number two, doesn't it? Sweet little dress and your embroidery always impresses me with its neatness.

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  2. Oh gosh Lisa, I hadnt noticed the cast either. Goodness you have sure had more than your fair share ... & a few other peoples as well I think :-) The dress is just gorgeous, love the buttons & the embroidery on the pockets. I have that exact same blanket & have used it to make some small toys. My son went through a stage of calling everything "heffalumps". Good luck with the sand dilema x0x0

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  3. Wow you sure have had your fair share! Not sure how but only one of my four children received one broken bone, that wasn't until he was 16. With all the trips to A&E for the childhood scrapes I am surprised there wasn't more broken bones!
    The dress is very pretty, your daughter looks like she enjoys life to the fullest as we all should.........to heck with the washing! As for the sand, I can't help you with that one.

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  4. So gorgeous! Love the Elephants so much! I hadn't noticed he cast either, but hopefully she'll have an incident free year for 2015! Somehow both me and my 3 kids have not broken anything yet, touch wood... not my husband though, he had a fair few breaks as a kid.

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  5. That dress is just the sweetest piece ever!!! Well done on this one friend! She looks so cute in it!! I hope that she heals fast and is out of that cast soon!! Wishing you a wonderful week! Nicole

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  6. oh dear owwie arm! Dress super cute.

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  7. Hello dear Lisa, Wasn't sure if the arm was a recent event when I saw the pic on fb, but alas. Any chance that little bones might need a bit more vitamin D at this stage for some reason? I am so glad that this episode is easier than the leg...that was quite an effort wasn't it. Perfect little pinafore for just such a time though. I do love the wee bunny buttons & the heffalumps on the pockets. Good for you...10 whole minutes. At least the machine will just wait til you're ready...patiently. Have a nice gentle week. Much love Catherine x0x0x

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  8. It is such a cute wee dress and perfect for the little broken doll xxx

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  9. Such a gorgeous little dress!! I love the 'Heffalump" pockets :) And oh dear I can certainly sympathise with you in the broken bone department.....its ridiculous isn't it?? Hoping this is her last as she has certainly crammed in enough in a year! Maybe its the year for it....since Josh has broken the same amount? lol

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