While in the U.S., I bought some purple corduroy with the intention of making Natasha a Jumprope Dress from Oliver+S patterns. When I got to cutting it out, however, I found that I had somehow bought too small a quantity of the fabric for a 3T dress. So it ended up being 2T and went to Zoia, who was thrilled to get a new dress (poor kid, hand-me-downs are particularly tough when your sister wore them just last year). I really wanted to make Natasha a dress too, and the only cord I had in the right amount was charcoal gray. I was excited about the dress, because the gray goes perfectly with some beautiful ribbon from my late grandmother's stash, which I have been dying to use ever since I acquired it. I knew it would be a risk, though, since the dress wouldn't be pink, purple, flowery or sparkly. I decided to forge ahead.
I really love both dresses. Natasha, predictably, protested putting hers on, and declared it "for a boy." We'll see whether I can ever get it on her again.