anyone for tennis?

Sometimes Betsy will let me take pictures of her wearing one of my creations but many times she won't. This pretty, tennis inspired, summer dress was a definite nope. Which is a right pain in the arse because it sure is hard to inspire people if you can't see an actual toddler in an actual toddler dress. Plus there are only so many shots of a dress you can take without becoming repetitive.

But try as I might, no way was this mama getting this particular dress over Betsy's head. It may have something to do with an early version of the dress with a rounder, smaller neck opening which kind of got awkwardly stuck on the girl with much tugging and wrangling required to free her! Whilst this led me to a better (and obviously more usable) design, it led Betsy to hate the bloody thing!

Inspired by a vintage pattern from the sixties, I love the central band detail on this dress. Simple but significant as Mr Don Draper would say. I knew I wanted to make something cute and easy with a huge dose of Wimbledon flavour, because what is a British summertime without the whites of Wimbledon? And the rain? I'll save the rain chat for another day because I'm currently in a massive moody about it having had my washing soaked on the line for the third time in as many days.

amelie dress bottom hem

The Amelie dress is super easy (like, super, super easy) to make and is constructed in the round from the bottom up so seamless and really sort of enjoyable to crochet, but remember I'm a crochet nerd and so this hooky enjoyment might just be me.

It comes in three sizes, although I think I might have to measure up for a baby version because I've had feedback that the size 1-2 years comes up quite big for a one year old and if anyone knows the difference in size between a one and a two year old, it's me, Betsy is so tall now I can't quite believe it.

Available to buy on Etsy now to get your toddler Wimbledon ready, yo. Well that's if your toddler will bloody well wear it!