Her eldest brother, who is 12, started doing classical ballet at the start of this year. His choice, this wasn't me pushing him into it. Actually he suggested it last year and asked if he could do it. He now dances at two different schools and is a natural. I have no idea where that came from but I have secret aspirations for him to perform with The Australian Ballet. Ok, so not so secret now, but wouldn't it be wonderful?! So my daughter does do ballet, although it's called 'Fairy Ballet' and it's the cutest thing out and involves a bunch of teeny tiny little girls running about in fluffy tutus, throwing plastic flowers and waving 'magic' wands, all in time to the music. Alright not really in time to the music but the thought is there. However my daughter doesn't do the wand waving and flower frolicking so much, but rather, as soon as the music comes on, will proceed to do her 'ballet' moves in the centre of the room all by herself. I think I can see years of sewing tutus, buying pointe shoes and watching ballet concerts in my future (!)
Anyway, I found this gorgeous ballerina fabric online at Kelani Fabric and just knew I had to buy it for her. I didn't have a dress in mind but on receiving it I knew it would be perfect for this little dress with the sailor collar, a pattern from a great book I have called 'Sewing For Your Girls' by Yoshiko Tsukiori, which called for a linen fabric. This was a cotton/linen blend so I thought...perfect!