C’s Christmas dress

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Ready for some chubby legged (and cheeked) Charlotte goodness? OH, and her Christmas dress. Yes, I got it done, and although it’s fairly simple, I love how it turned out! I really wanted to use red fabric this year, since I’d done green all the other years. (all 2 of them har har)

I went with a simple bodice and embellished it with some big circle flowers!Β  I also ruffled the skirt piece and sewed it on top of the bodice bottom. I’ll show ya how I did those two parts below…for the rest of the dress construction, I basically used the Charlotte dress tutorial!

I haven’t decided if I’ll make her anything for her hair, lately she’s been pulling things out in 5 seconds flat anyways. Maybe I should try some duct tape…

Ahhh this picture is too cute! I’m sorry, but those cheekies? man alive.

Alright, so anyways….here’s how I did the circle flowers and skirt!

Oh, and the red fabric is Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, from my fab sponsor, Lily Bella Fabrics…and the green is from Hancock Fabrics…no manufacturer on the selvage.

I cut out lots and lots of 2″ circles. (with my Go Baby...I adore that thing!)

Then, just like the felt version, I folded the circles in quarters.

Then I tacked down just the tip of the folded circle to the center of another circle. (I used my machine but you could hand sew them if you want to watch a movie or are an over achiever or something)

Keep doing that, overlapping the folded circles a bit. I used 6 folded circles on each bottom layer of “petals”.

It made a nice fullness. (is that sentence even grammatically correct? Let’s move on…)

Then I tacked down another folded circle on top of that layer, and also one across from that one. Fluffed it up, and it looked great! You could add as many as you wanted for maximum fluffiness.

Then I sewed each flower to the bodice by sewing along the edge of the bottom circle.

Tip: If you want 5 flowers like Charlotte’s dress, sew them on after sewing sleeves on, that way you won’t catch any of the petals in that seam.

For the skirt, I cut a piece 13″x 54″ (for a 18-24 mo size) It’s folded in half for this picture. Then I serged the top and bottom of the piece.

Then fold the top down about an inch and pressed it with my iron.

Then I sewed two gathering stitches across the top of the skirt piece.

Then I gathered the skirt to fit the bottom of the bodice. I gathered the bottom string a little more than the top, this made it look nice because the top part didn’t flop around so much.

Then I top stiched it on the bodice, along the bottom stitch line. Insert your invisible zipper, hem it up, and you’re done!


  1. Very cute cheeks and dress!

  2. So cute!

  3. That’s fab πŸ™‚ she is such a cutey. Love the flowers – might have a go at those myself πŸ™‚ M x

  4. little beauty in a pretty dress! makes you want to squeeze those cute cheeks!! πŸ™‚

  5. Egads – she is so cute!!! Love the dress, and your little lady is getting so big! Love it!

  6. Love it!!!! Adorable!!! And yes, those cheeks are kissable!!

  7. I don’t know what to look at! The adorable dress or the scrumptious little girl!! Those cheeks!!!!

  8. Such a cutie! Great job on the dress!

  9. She is SO adorable! Oh, those cheekies! Just precious!

  10. What a cutie! She’s rocking that dress!

  11. DARLING!

  12. I love it. The red and white scalloped stripe is perfect. Those cheeks are adorable.

  13. So adorable! I wish I had a little girl to make that dress for. Charlotte gets cuter and cuter with each post. Miss you Jessica!

  14. Adorable! Cheeks and dress! Could those flowers be pinned on a jacket brooch-style?

  15. I am so excited to win the giveaway! Yeah!! Thank you!

    And I simply love the dress!!

  16. Charlotte and the dress are so adorable! Love!

    Priscila @ jensennp.blogspot.com

  17. This dress is beyond adorable! I love all the little details!
    And Charlotte? She is beyond, beyond adorable! How does she keep getting cuter?

  18. I love how creative your dress designs are! You’re definitely an inspiration, now if only I could get one dress made!

  19. She is so cute!! What a fun dress!

  20. Oh my word that is adorable! I love the pom poms around the collar – it really gives the dress a unique look.

  21. Oh my cuteness!!! She is way too stinkin cute! The dress is gorgeous – perfect combo!

  22. The flowers really set the dress off well! May Charlotte have lots of lovely times wearing it.

    Don’t know how you have the patience to do the flowers – but the efforts do pay off well. Glad you managed to get over your lethargy!

  23. The dress is lovely, but the cheeks make it πŸ™‚ Have you washed anything with flowers like that yet? I just wonder about ironing it … such a lazy mom.

  24. Fantastic! When I see the beautiful things you make, I want to start sewing little dresses and I don’t even have a little one yet! (I say “one” because if he’s a boy, he might still get some dresses, just because they are so cute!) πŸ˜‰

  25. I’m in love! This is just the kick in the bum I need to get my little miss’s dress started. I love everything about this dress. And the little one wearing it is just too cute too!

    Michaela @ coveredinmodpodge.blogspot.com

  26. Oh how cute is that!

  27. Those cheeks!!! I adore them…and the dress! The green pom pom flowers are over-the-top and wonderful.
    Great job!

  28. i love this dress! charlotte is the cutest. ever.

  29. Love the dress and C’s beautiful face.

  30. How cute is that!! Just gorgeous πŸ™‚

  31. she is the absolute cutest – those cheeks are incredible! i can’t get over them. adorable dress, too!

  32. The dress and your daughter are just adorable. I love the idea of the ruffled circles!

  33. Adorable. What a perfect dress, so pretty! And Charlotte is the definition of cute πŸ™‚

  34. She is SO cute!!!

  35. She looks so cute! The dress is so happy, love the matching shoes!

  36. This is so sweet, Jess. Love it! The flowers add such a fun touch. I had grand plans to finally make my girls’ Christmas dresses this year, but it was not meant to be. Maybe next year πŸ™‚

  37. She is so gosh darn adorable!

  38. So adorable!

  39. Made this for my daughter Just learning to sew and I’m already cheating (i used a t-shirt instead of making the top)lol thanks for the tutorials


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