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Little Dresses

It has been many years since I had a little girl to sew for. When my daughters were small there were some wonderful fabric outlets near here where we could purchase fabric and trims very inexpensively. We were very blessed. Today it is hard to find nice dress weight fabrics in this area. I shopped at several stores (including Mary Jo's in Gastonia) to try to find small scale prints which would be a good choice for a tiny girl. Before we made our trip to Michigan this summer I had a lot of fun making these little dresses for Maddie. They are all too large for her to wear yet, but hopefully she will be able to wear them eventually. I also made her some bloomers to wear with the dresses.

This is a Children's Corner pattern called Frannie Baby. I had never used one of these patterns before. I liked the fact that they have actual pattern pieces for all the sizes included in the pattern--no tracing required. I did find the directions to be a bit sketchy. However, there are you-tube videos available explaining different techniques if you google Children's Corner and look on the website. The videos are very helpful. I was pleased with the finished garments.

I made this little "bee" dress with a pattern from The Handmade Dress. This is the second little dress I have made from this pattern. It goes together quickly and easily.

The last little number I made for Maddie was a little bubble suit pattern from Creations by Michie. She has a lot of cute patterns for baby girls and boys. This one also went together easily.

It was a lot of fun to sew up some girly things once again and I hope to be able to make her many more little dresses before she gets too big to want to wear something "home made."


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7 Comments on “Little Dresses”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Every one of these is soooo cute. A very inspiring post indeed.

  2. #2 Ann B.
    on Aug 29th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Becka, I think your definition of “goes together easily” and mine would probably be very different! :-). Those dresses are absolutely gorgeous!!

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Aug 30th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I sewed a lot of the clothes my girls wore when they were young. Many more than I did for my son. Little girl things are so much easier and a lot more fun to make than boy’s clothes are. I rarely even pull out my machine anymore. It seems like every time I want to sew something, I either can’t find the fabric I want to use, there’s nothing near the color I want, or I find it ready made for a lot less money that it would cost to make it myself ~ sigh.

    Gone are the days where there was row after row of seconds or remnants of just about any fabric or color you could ever want. Patterns were 60 cents, thread was a quarter and zippers too were cheap. I could make dresses for my girls and myself really cheap. Not any more.

  4. #4 Rhonda
    on Aug 30th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Handmade baby clothes are so much cuter than what you can find in the store. Lucky grand-daughter! When my daughter was little, she had a grandma that kept her in the cutest little dresses and rompers. What a blessing grandmas can be! 🙂

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Aug 30th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Oh! I love your little dresses! I have just made one for Abigail. I do love CUTE things. :o)

  6. #6 Danette
    on Aug 31st, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Melissa and Jon are expecting a baby girl in January, and your beautiful dresses now have Melissa, me, and Jon’s mom Kerry all thinking about sewing for baby girls! Very pretty and fun.

  7. #7 Mary
    on Sep 1st, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Love your color combinations!

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