Saturday, 3 March 2012

A birthday dress or two...and a skirt to match


My cousins little girl is turning 1 next month so I thought I'd make something special for her.
Because my little girl is also 1 next month, I thought I'd make her a matching dress.
This is what I came up with.

Once again I used this kwik sew pattern. I love how quick and easy it is.
This time I added 4 inches to the bottom to turn it into a dress.

I had spotted an awesome tutorial to add some ruffles to an a line dress from iveyc95 and thought this would be the perfect opportunity for such a dress.

When cutting the original pattern piece to get the ruffle section piece I would recommend making two new pattern pieces with the added seam allowance.

I had written on my pattern pieces to add the seam allowance when cutting but had forgotten to read it!

Luckily I noticed before I cut out the ruffle section so I was able to added double the seam allowance to that piece which actually made to ruffle section a little larger than it would have normally been.

Instead of risking stuffing up with the buttonholes I opted for the press studs. I'm not sure if 3 press studs will do. I'll let my little girl test it out and see if I need to add in a couple more.

I had a few ruffles left over and wanted to use them to make a matching skirt for my 3 year old.
I took the same tutorial and applied it to one of my own patterns. I also incorporated a little of this pattern I used for these little skirts and came up with this.

Back View
 My 3 year old daughter asked if this was the back. When I said yes she said "I don't like that".
Doesn't she know that ruffles on the bum are soooo cute?

She does like the skirt though, luckily :)

Front View

Like with the little dress I used a press stud to fasten at the waist.

And as with all the little outfits I make for my girls I had to add a little matching bow.

You can see the girls weraing their cute new outfits here!

Linking up here.


  1. The ruffles make a great addition to both the dress and the skirt, Sherry. Bet your little one turns the skirt so she can see the ruffles...LOL!!! The outfits look fabulous...

  2. Very Cute!
    I recently came across your blog and I'm hooked! I love your ideas and have been so inspired by your work. I tagged you on my little blog and hope that you participate so we can all learn a little more about you. If you don't feel like participating- no hard feelings! I just thought it'd be fun. :)
    I hope you're having a great day!

    -Michelle aka Michka

  3. Oh wow! I LOVE these!!! Especially the skirt! I think I'll have to share this post on my fb page ;-)

  4. The dress is super cute! Love the contrasting colors together.


  5. Very cute, Sherry! I love the idea of matching dresses! :) Thanks for coming by my blog the other day...can't wait to see what patterns you come up with next!

  6. Thanks for linking up, Sherry...

  7. Hey Sherry! I was trying to contact you for pattern testing for Grits & Giggles, but didn't have an e-mail address. If you'll e-mail me I'll send you info! jenilynmulkey (at)yahoo (dot) com Thanks!

  8. These are darling!!!! Love how cute the front ruffles look.

  9. Those are darling, and a neat way to also do the skirt!

  10. Love your project!!!
    I currently have a Craft, Create and Inspire linky party going on, i would love you to stop by and link up this project...

    Claire x

  11. Very pretty dresses! Thank you for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend :)

  12. These are so sweet!! I love the ruffles! My girls would be so happy with dresses like this! Thanks for linking it up!

  13. How adorable. I love the pink fabric & the coordinating pieces that will look so cute together. Thank you so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle



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