I’m mixing my references with the title of this post – it is a lyric from a They Might Be Giants song that references Xenia, OH, but I named this dress for a character, Zenia, from The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. The lyric isn’t not appropriate for that character, though! (Listen to the song, it’s great! Read the book, it’s one of my fave Atwoods!)
Moving on! I’m happy to show you my first ever knit dress pattern for Blythe!
I designed this dress to fit reverse-cardigan style, like most of my sweaters for Blythe. It’s just so much easier when you can fit her clothing on front to back (or back to front). The bodice has ribbing which gives it a nice fitted look. I think that it works especially well in contrast to the a-line shape of the skirt. I also tried some embellishment on the short-sleeved version I made (the pattern includes both short and long sleeves). I’ve been hoping to try my hand at making silk ribbon flowers for awhile, and I finally did it! These are a pretty basic start, I’m sure, but I’m pleased with the something special they add to this dress.