The print has just the right amount of playfulness and charm without being horribly obnoxious, so kudos to the designer of this print! I was actually expecting a smaller face, but I grew to like it. I think it brings out the child-like quality of the dress. I wanted to stick fairly strictly with a red theme, so I was absolutely not interested in the prints with every color imaginable. I love primary colors, I think they are sweet and indicative of childhood and crayons, but that just wasn't the direction I wanted to go in.
I already had the red and white stripe fabric on hand, and it lends such a festive and whimsical element to the dress. It really brings out the playfulness, and I love how it's a more muted red than the hue found in the Elmo print. It creates a nice balance between the two fabrics, I think.
I really can't explain how I came about with this design because it was in my head from the very start with no reference that I can think of. Maybe circuses from the stripes, but who knows! It turned out so darling, and the little papoose was absolutely adorable in it! I made sure there was enough fabric in the skirt to make it full and twirly, and there was plenty of opportunity to dance around at the show!
Waiting outside before the show with Paw Paw!
Goodies from Nana and Paw Paw!