kids clothes week: round one

My first item for Kids Clothes Week: a dress. Are you shocked? Surprised? hah. hah. Anyways…I gotta say, this is my new FAVE of Sadie’s dress collection! (which is getting a bit ridiculous) I just love the fabric, I bought it on sale at Joann’s awhile ago (like, $2.50 a yard? I think, so I only used about 3/4 of a yard, so CHEAP dress!), and thought the fabric was cute, a little blah, but if it was to be a garment, just needed some details to really make it look good.

So, the ruffly dress was born! I was inspired by a dress I found on Flickr (which is no longer posted). It’s a really simple design, easy to sew, but with big impact! I just couldn’t take my eyes off of Sadie while she was modeling it for me…I’m that in love with it! (well, the kid is pretty dang cute too)

what a cheeseball!
I dunno what’s up with this face, but it made me laugh!

It’s basically a tube of fabric, with elastic around the chest to keep it up, and some elastic fluttery straps. Made out of three rectangles of fabric! Love those easy ones!

The ribbon (which looks kind of sad, oh well), is glued to a pin, so it can be swapped out for other colored bows or flowers, etc. It’s a little boring without the bow. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, what do you think?

EDIT: tutorial for this dress is now found here!


  1. I think it’s absolutely adorable! (And yes, that face is really cute too πŸ™‚

  2. I need to learn to make sleeves/straps like those.
    The dress is darling! As is the model, love that face.

  3. Looks cute & sounds easy – I will be trying this for sure!

  4. Ooh, I like it a lot! And I love it even more now knowing how simple it is!

  5. I’m not sure I’ve ever commented on your blog before, but I’ve been following for a while and have to say I especially love this dress! Great job!

  6. That is adorable! Sadie is such a doll! I’m inspired to sew now πŸ™‚

  7. VERY cute! And that ribbon totally makes the dress. And yes, you’re cheating a little bit by using that adorable little face!

  8. Just the right color for the cute Sadie, love the versatility of the ribbon bow!

  9. It’s so pretty! (and so is Sadie)!

  10. Uhhm, why don’t I ever find fabric like that at Joann’s?? Well, love the dress. I’m a sucker for polka dots. I may have to try a top like this. . . the dress collection here is getting a bit out of control as well!!!

  11. I love that dress!! I’ve got to try this… I’m making a dress with shirring elastic at the moment. Let’s just say my machine doesn’t like it πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. another cute one jess, man, you are so speedy! I don’t even think I would sew if I was prego. you make me jealous of all of sadie’s cute clothes, meanwhile my kids look like they’re homeless.

  13. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  14. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  15. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  16. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  17. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  18. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  19. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  20. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  21. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  22. What a cute dress! And Sadie is adorable!

  23. ahh that is one sweet dress, and one sweet girl. i’m participating in kids clothes week too. so far i messed up 2 90 minute shirts. maybe i will change gears and make my nieces a dress like this!

  24. I can’t decide what is cuter those pictures of Sadie or the dress!! What a doll!

  25. Ok, it’s getting a little ridiculous how much we think alike. No joke, yesterday I saw a dress similar to this and bookmarked it to do for Rayne. At least it’ll be different fabric, right? haha! Totally cute!

  26. Two cuties, Sadie and the dress!

  27. Cute! Sadie is so funny in all those photos. She seems like she has a great personality. Love the dress!

  28. Cute dress & cute girl! I think a flower (like you see on headbands) would look cute on the dress, too.

  29. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!…..I LOVE IT! My new fave as well!! I MUST attempt that!! She is so stinkin adoreable, how can you stand it?! πŸ˜€

  30. AHHHH! SO SO CUTE!!! I LOVE IT!!! a lot.

  31. It is so adorable!!! I want to make one for my daughter!!!

  32. thank you everyone for the sweet comments! I appreciate every. single. one. and read them all! (two, er…twenty times)


  33. I love it! love the fabric too! I started a similar dress for my daughter the other night and am having issues with the bobbin tension and the elastic thread to make the smocking – how did you wind your bobbin?? Thanks!! Can’t wait to see what else you are going to make!

  34. Oh my goodness! That dress is delicious! I am drooling

  35. Jess..
    1. I {heart} that dress. Will you please make a tutorial?
    2. That chair Sadie is sitting on…looks like the little ikea table + chairs set. did you just spray paint it.
    We have a set for Zoe, that I would love to be turquoise or sunflower or something fun, rather than blah.

  36. so cute!!

  37. Ficou muito lindo este tambΓ©m, parabens.
    inpirada em vocΓͺ fiz um vestido para minha filha tambem, passa lΓ‘ no meu blog e olha se gosta. beijo

  38. Your little girl is ADORABLE! I want to make this dress for my friend’s baby and one for my baby. They are 2 weeks apart, but mine is a 24 months and hers is a 12 months. πŸ™‚ I make some “healthy” babies! I’m new to sewing but I LOVE this dress. It really could be your cute model too. Hopefully our cute models will help if I mess up! haha

  39. Hi! I saw this on Pinterest, and it is so cute! I am dying to make one, but the link you included doesn’t lead to anything… is there a tutorial somewhere?? I am dying to make this! Thanks!!

  40. LOVE IT! Now where are the directions on how to make it? I want to make one for my girls

  41. I don’t know which is cuter…Sadie or the dress!? LOL Thanks for sharing! It’s adorable!!!

  42. I love you tutorials so much cause im beginner and I found trouble to understand the patterns . I found your tutorials easy thanks a lot . you don’t have channel on YouTube??

  43. Robin Jepsen says

    Followed your tutorial and how simple! Thank you for this great little dress. A loving Nana Wish I could post a picture, it came out so cute!

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