Once Upon a Thread

Hey guys! I am so excited to be a part of Katy’s Once Upon a Thread series…like, ecstatic! I chose to work with the book The Story of Ferdinand…have you read it before? It’s a really sweet book, and it was one of my favorites growing up. Hop over to No Big Dill to see more pics of the dress I made for Sadie! (I’ve updated it with more pics below) You won’t want to miss the rest of the series!

The story takes place in Spain and is about a bull named Ferdinand.

He’s a pretty easy going bull but somehow gets roped into going into a bull fighting ring (there is a bee sting involved :) to go up against matadors. Yikes!  I won’t spoil the rest of the story if you haven’t read it,  but it’s very sweet and funny.

He likes to sit in his favorite field to smell the flowers and watch the butterflies, so I incorporated those aspects into my design, with the fabric and butterfly buttons.

I had to add some flamenco-esque ruffles (trimmed in bias tape) on the sides…and a wide grosgrain ribbon sash.

I just love how these butterfly buttons look up the back of the dress.

I don’t have a tutorial for the dress since it changed a few times throughout and my pictures didn’t turn out either. :{  I hope you liked our little spanish-inspired dress!


  1. Great job Jess!

  2. super cute post, jess!

  3. WOW! Beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. i love that book! you totally nailed it with the dress, awesome job!

  5. I have been “stalking” this blog for a while. I love all of your patterns and freebies….it has helped out my small business and make things for it!
    Great Job!

  6. Once again, you made basically the awesomest dress ever.

  7. what a sweeeet dress!

  8. I love that book! My momma used to read it to us all the time when I was younger. 😉 Adorable dress!

  9. The buttons! I love them, perfectly adorable, as always!


  10. ı LOVED THİS DRESS.may be ı can make this dress myself. ı liked that buttons too much.they are very pretty.thanks.

  11. Olá querida amiga lindo blog!!!!bjus

  12. We love that book too! Perfect fabric for it! Very cute :)

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