Per the Challenge rules, this dress was sewn for my darling granddaughter Macey. The inspiration is from one of our favorite classic novels, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. The novel was first published in 1911. Mary Lennox is a ten year old girl who was born in India to wealthy parents who were sadly too self-absorbed to relate well to her. As a result, Mary herself is unhappy and often unpleasant company. After her parents' deaths, Mary is sent to England to live with her grouchy widowed uncle Archibald Craven. Mary and the maidservant's brother Dickon unlock the gate to a garden that has long since been locked away after the death of Mrs. Craven. These children sneak inside and eventually cultivate the garden back to its former glory with beautiful roses (hence the roses in the chosen fabric). In literature, pink roses often symbolize youthfulness and recovery. Colin [Craven], Mary's sickly cousin, is let in on the secret and soon regains the strength to walk again. Uncle Archibald Craven's attitude becomes happier. Colin's widowed father returns and is grateful about his son's improved medical condition. The Secret Garden has several themes, and one that is prominent is the connection between emotional and physical healing. What a wonderful novel for children and adults as well. Have you ever read it to your children/grandchildren?
Thank you Scientific Seamstress for this fun Challenge. The last day to enter is 28th February. There are prizes for two winners, who will be chosen by Random Number Generator© Be sure to check-out: The Scientific Seamstress' Etsy Shop, where there are many too-cute sewing patterns. I added a Secret Garden themed item to this pattern: a separate Edwardian lace trimmed collar. To see the separate collar for this dress, the back view of this dress, and my pattern difficulty rating, follow the link below my signature.