My granddaughter will be three next month and I decided to make her a dress to mark the occasion. I found some purple polka dot fabric in my stash and cut out a pattern over the week-end. I finished the hem on the dress last night. I also made another pair of beaded socks to go with the dress and bought a pair of purple leggings for her to wear with the dress. Dresses can be breezy. I understand from her mother that she won't wear any other socks than "the one's Grandma made" for her.
The pattern was from the 80's and had a V-neck collar, cuff and neck ruffles, as well as, lots of lace. I chose to update the pattern without all those frills and added the rick-rack for trim.
I know some have asked about making the beaded socks. It is very simple. They are made with mini pony beads and crochet cotton thread. I count the ribs on the socks to determine how many beads I will need. Then, I can plan when to change bead color. The beads are added so that they hang down from the cuff of the sock. Here are simple directions:
Work from the back side of the cuff. I use a #4 crochet hook, but any size that will fit through your bead will work. Sl st between the first rib of the sock. Ch 2, place your crochet hook through the bead and draw a chain through the bead and the chain stitch on the hook, Ch 2. Skip the next two ribs on the sock and sl st into the next space between the ribs. You want the spacing to fit with the drape of the beads. Depending on the size of the socks, the spacing may be different. Continue adding beads until you reach the beginning; slip stitch into the first chain, sl st and tie off. Work the ends of the crochet cotton into the back side of the sock.
Here is a close-up of the socks I did at Christmas in my stitching together love blog.