as i mentioned, ella really wanted dora to have a matching dress so that when she went to see santa, she would look christmas-y too.
to make dora’s dress, i started with the pattern i use for making her jammies. i laid it on the fabric and traced around the neck and sleeve, then i drew a skirt freehand that is a similar shape to ella’s.
dora’s dress is constructed exactly like ella’s, but since it is so small, i used the sewing machine and a zig-zag stitch instead of the serger. there is a continuous bound placket in the back neckline to make it easier to get the dress on and off. the placket closes with velcro.
the belt is some black elastic sewn in a loop, the buckle is made from a gold sparkly pipe cleaner. she has matching pants made of the same fabric as the dress.
*we always ask the photographer to take the picture when ella is whispering into santa’s ear. after all, that is the magic of visiting santa—telling him your secret christmas wishes.