Parade Dress #2

Children's Corner Carol in ,Michael Miller's Children on Parade fabric

Children’s Corner Carol in ,Michael Miller’s Children on Parade fabric


Few fabrics have inspired so many garment interpretations as Michael Miller’s Children on Parade.  The variety of dresses stitched with this fabric is almost countless. My own Parade Inspirations folder has more than 2 dozen adorable dresses.

CheryleCole-Bennet’s irresistible CC Jenni Leigh caused a run on that fabric across the country.  I personally saw’s supply fall from 480 yds to almost nothing in less than 10 days.  Then they restocked.  Meanwhile, shops nationwide saw the same buying frenzy.

My first Parade dress  for my then 18 month granddaughter, Vivian Rose, was a fiasco requiring two posts for me to exhaust my need to vent.  Read it and weep, or at least feel a little sympathy for this obsessed Nana.  It was a shameless but poor copy of Cheryle’s Jenni Leigh.

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The light aqua piping and gingham covered buttons are from Farmhouse Fabrics.

I found CC Carol to be a much easier pattern for a border fabric.  Jenni Leigh looks best with the pattern matching at the diagonal front.  This was a huge challenge.  My goals for Carol were just to have no half bodies disappear into the center pleat and to make an attempt to match the pattern at the center back.  The sides were just as the fabric rolled.


Vivi bounce house


So now I have used up a few more yards of Children on Parade.  And I’m still not tired of it. And neither is Vivian Rose, our 3 yo uncooperative model.



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4 responses to “Parade Dress #2

  1. Terry Jane Collins

    Janice, that is so cute. Vivian Rose is so cute in it. My fabric languishes waiting for me to do something with it. Meanwhile my girlies have gotten too tall to get two dresses out of the borders. I need more!

  2. Thanks, Terry, I guess we all love this fabric. Those little ones do grow, much as we would like for them to stay at each size for a few years! So if you need more–get it! I used some border for nursery school cot sheet and the border could be sewn onto another fabric. What am I doing, making such suggestions to you, THE Terry Jane Collins??? Carry on, Girl. I know you will figure out something wonderful, even if you don’t purchase more fabric. Your girls need parade dresses!

  3. Vivian Rose is so cute! She looks like she is full of mischief. The dress is adorable and so is she.

  4. Sue, she is absolutely overflowing with mischief! Her hair is cut in a pixie because she raises such a fuss when her mother tries to brush it. And that’s just the beginning of the day. But we are crazy about her. Thanks for the compliments.

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