flutter sleeve dresses

So Ava needs some new dresses-the hand me downs she has are either getting small, kinda worn out since they’ve been through two girls already, or, I’m sick of looking at them.

haha! probably more of the latter going on if I’m being honest.

Who doesn’t like something fresh and new to wear once in awhile? It’s good for ya.

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional

So I wanted to make some simple, peasant style dresses, but with flutter sleeves…so I set out to do that, but before I got going on it, I remembered that Autumn had posted a tute for a dress/top EXACTLY like I was picturing, just last week! (she also has a free 4T pattern)

thanks for doing the heavy lifting for me, lady!

It’s nice when someone else has already stream lined the process for you amiright?

flutter sleeve dresses

So I drafted a 2T for Ava, figuring it would fit her through the summer and maybe longer.

flutter sleeve dresses

I added pom pom trim to the sleeves like in the tute because I had JUUUUST enough leftover from this dress and I loved the pop of yellow against that minty blue!

fabric from fabricworm.

the neckline got a little thick with all the layers of bias tape…with the other dress I made, I trimmed off some before folding it over, and also used a more lightweight voile.

flutter sleeve dresses

But seriously, she loved it-she ran over to Rory after trying it on and an impromptu shoot, and pointing at herself shouted “DESS!” it was the CUTEST. THING. EVER.

flutter sleeve dresses

Dang girl, I want to sew for you now more than ever just because of that reaction!

flutter sleeve dresses

Β once again, I’m matching my blog header. I’ve always had a thing for blue and yellow….

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional

This is the aforementioned voile version-isn’t it sweet?

I shortened the neck elastic by a few inches to cinch it in closer and added some adorable ruffled ribbon on the front in a bow.

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional

So light and perfect for summer!

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional

fabric from fabricworm.

this stuff is soo lovely.

(the first day Ava wore this we coordinated!)

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional

and just where do you think you are going, missy?!

voile flutter sleeved dress \\ craftiness is not optional


  1. Oh, such cute dresses!
    Obviously, she need new dresses, in my opinion, a little girl can never have too many dresses – especially when they are this gorgeous!

  2. That last photo slays me! So adorable! The dresses are pretty cute too πŸ˜‰

  3. She is so cute! Those dresses are perfect for summer!

  4. These are adorable. I love sewing for my 2 year old. She loves dresses too! Both of these are really sweet those sleeves are fab.

  5. Ah! These turned out so delightful! I love the fabrics you chose! And she looks happy to have new clothes, too. πŸ˜‰

  6. Soooo precious! I love the trim.

  7. I love them! That voile version is so dainty and sweet I can barely stand it.

  8. Aww, what pretty little dresses! I love them. And a very cute model too πŸ™‚

  9. The dress is so beautiful and so cute Ava. Have a great summer.

  10. Hi! How big is Ava now, my God! and she looks very much like Miss C. I think we realise that time has passed when we see children growing and growing like your girls. They are all very pretty and the anecdote about “Dess!” is so lovely. You’re a lucky mum!

  11. These dresses are super sweet! I’ve already sewed up two tops from this pattern and love them! And I can totally understand your wish to sew more for Ava through this reaction. My girls speed me up this way every time they mention it πŸ˜‰

  12. So cute! Love the blue one in particular!

  13. These dresses are so sweet! I pinned so I can try making some for my girls! Thanks for sharing!

  14. These dresses are so simple and sweet. Love them!

  15. In the close up of the pom pom fringe on the sleeve…are we supposed to be fixed on that or the cute baby mouth?Aaagghhh—God has blessed you and Rory! Your girls are just too sweet. I’m trying to remember the days now…loved all the cuteness and hugs and snuggles and sweetness. Now mine are 12 and 15. Such different times but still good. πŸ™‚

  16. What kind of camera are you using? The photos are great.

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