I made Kaelyn a Kiki’s Delivery Service baby dress (and head bow) for her second birthday. Kaelyn loves the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service (and so do I). It’s a really sweet girl coming of age story by Miyazaki, one of my favorite directors. She loves to pretend she’s Kiki saving her friend Tombo.
Unbeknownst to me her mom had customized a special Ken doll for her to look like Tombo! Kaelyn is actually pretty excited about her “Tombo” here, but she’s a little shy.
Kiki’s dress in the movie is a very plain black dress without much shape.
I couldn’t help but add pinked-edge ruched trim to the dress to make it a little prettier for Kaelyn. I’m sure Kiki would have approved as in the movie Kiki complains to her mother about the plainness of the black dress. And ah well, as I said, I couldn’t help myself.
I used the 2 year old nightdress pattern in Making Children’s Clothes: 25 Stylish Step-by-step Sewing Projects for 0-5 Years. I changed the length a little to make it more of a dress length. But, you could use this free tutorial with some small modifications (like omitting the sleeve elastic). The nice thing about this style of dress is that it’s easy for a child to put on themselves and all the elastic along the neckline will let it fit her longer. I ripped some strips of fabric on the grain and then pinked them and then gathered them. I pinned this onto the dress in swirls and then sewed it on along the center gather line of the trim.
The bow is heavily interfaced and has elastic at the back to make it more comfy and size variable. I used this free headband tutorial! The children’s size pattern is here and the adult sized english tutorial is here. I then sewed the separately made faux bow onto the headband. I basically made my bow the same way as this tutorial here.