Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rainbow Dress

I just realized I never blogged one of my favorite things I've ever made for my Madeline. And in honor of her turning 5 (FIVE!) yesterday, I thought today would be a good day.

It's just a simple peasant bodice - I'm telling you guys, once you understand the construction of a peasant bodice, it takes under 30 minutes to construct one. Then you get to be creative with the skirt!

 I wanted Madeline's to be super twirly, so each tier is approx. 50% longer than the tier above it.

See? Super twirly. She LOVES this dress.

A customer asked me to recreate it for her daughters birthday and together we came up with this color combination:

I really, really love this one too! Such happy, fun colors!

Ok, that's all! Just a quick fly-by so I don't break my self-imposed rule of going more than a month without blogging!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Easter Dress Pattern Round-up

Every year about this time, I start on my quest to find the perfect Easter dress pattern for Maddie. I thought it might be fun (and helpful for someone, maybe?) to show you my favorite new patterns that I've discovered this year. Maddie's dress is going to end up as a big mash-up of a few of them, but they are all darling on their own! (You can see past Easter dresses I've made here, here and here.)

Argyle Party Dress Pattern  $8
I looove the collar on this one.
The Clara Dress by Olabelhe
If you are into old-fashioned, darling dresses for little girls, you must check out the amazing patterns on this website. The "Clara" is one of my favorites, and it would be perfect for a chilly Easter that lands in March!

The little scalloped bib really transforms a simple dress into something special. This won't be Maddie's Easter dress, but I definitely see a dress like this in her future. I'm thinking about adding sleeves to make it a little warmer for Easter...


Love the bib and the pick up skirt. LOVE this blog, by the way. Tons of great clothing tutorials.

I think a pattern is emerging here...I'm all about the details. This one has it all. Oversized pockets, contrasting patterns, and a bib (with buttons!). I used a modkid pattern for Maddie's dress last year, so I'm obviously already a fan of their work. 

The possiblities with this one are endless. 

As always, my go-to pattern for bodice and sleeve pieces is The Precious Dress.

I'm also working on Maddie's dress for her 5th birthday party, so some of these elements are going to work their way into that dress as well. 

What's your go-to dress pattern? What are you loving right now?