Rain, Rain, Go Away

Summer vacation has officially begun!

I am hopeful that things will go a little better than last summer, but I must admit that we are already off to a rough start. Things keep breaking and we have had a lot of challenges. It is also raining again. We just had not only one, but TWO hail storms with the largest hail I have ever seen in my lifetime! Last summer was rough with all of the rain and flooding. I really do NOT want a repeat of that.

Our Kindergarten performs a nursery rhyme program every year. Each child gets a recitation and my daughter was assigned to “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” I found that to be so fitting because it pretty much sums up my feelings about the weather and life in general. I am so tired of the rain, literally and figuratively.

I was feeling pretty enthusiastic about this nursery rhyme and I happened to have a fabric bundle of When Skies Are Grey from Simple Simon and Co for Riley Blake. It was part of my Project Run and Play winnings. The night before/morning of her nursery rhyme program I whipped up a dress.

Umbrella dress made using When Skies Are Grey fabric
Umbrella dress using modified Charlie dress pattern by VFT

Now for some details on this dress…

I used the Charlie pattern from Violette Field Threads as my starting point. However, I omitted the sleeves and the knot in the front. I made a size 5 and it is still a tiny bit big on her, so I added a pleat in the front, hidden by a black, grosgrain ribbon bow. If she grows, I can let it out.

VFT Charlie dress made without the sleeves or knot front
Sleeveless girls dress in When Skies Are Grey fabric by Simple Simon and Co

I only had one yard of the umbrella fabric, so the dress was too short. She wore it that way with thick tights for the nursery rhyme program, then the dress sat on my sewing pile for a few weeks. #keepitreal To extend the length, I decided to add a layer underneath. I cut the lining the same as the top skirt and added a 4” ruffle of the raindrop fabric. It works like a petticoat layer. I didn’t want to add it to the top layer because I didn’t want to weight the fabric down. This kept the whole dress poofy and adorable.

Full, gathered skirt with a double layer of ruffles
Full, gathered skirt and a sleeveless bodice girls dress

Rain, rain, go away.
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play.
Rain, rain, go away.