Today is the first day of third grade.
And Ahnalin had definite ideas of how she wanted to look.
The first item in building her look
was the saddle shoes.
You see, my father loves saddle shoes.
So when Ahnalin saw these in a store window,
she told me to take a picture of them
and send it to her grandpa.
Minutes later, a text came saying
Grandpa John John would buy them for her.
Ahnalin was ecstatic!
So the decision was made that
she must have a black and white outfit
for the first day.
My friend Janet had sent me
this fabric from her stash
and Ahnalin had been eyeing it
since it's arrival.
I had already made the "Vintage Natalie"
dress pattern that Janet Gilbert
earlier this month for Ahnalin's birthday dress.
Have I mentioned that I love this pattern?
Well I do!!!!!
So Ahnalin negotiated for what she wanted,
and the design was sketched up!.
so of course she got those.
And she wanted the collar to be in black
with red trim.
I had this red whipstich piping
already in my stash.
She also wanted one of my
Mary Engelbreit scottie dog
buttons on a belt style sash,
instead of a bow this time.
I liked the whipstitch piping for the whole
dress, especially the panel down the front.
She thinks it looks like candy canes.
This photo is blurry,
because she was swinging the skirt.
But I made a banded hem
and added the piping at the top and bottom
of the band.
I cut the skirt at the "knee" length of the pattern.
And I cut the dress a size 6,
which is perfect for her.
She is 8 years old and very thin.
I adore the back on this dress.
It is so classic!
Ahnalin is crazy about it.
She said she feels like a
"50's diner girl".
We have to have a "Classic Ahnalin" pose
Ahnalin bought this black and white
polka dot trench coat at "Forever 21" with her
birthday money from Grandma Barbara and
Grandpa John John.
She definitely had a theme in mind.
Happy First Day of Third Grade
This is going to be an exciting year.
I pray that my darling girl
grows and learns wonderful things.
I am so proud of her.