cotton and steel dress

cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

I (like most of blogland) am in love with the new Cotton and Steel fabric.

I had to get my hands on some-and then of course it was burning a hole in my shelf…I don’t even think it made it on my shelf, actually….

I also had a copy of the Fawn Lily dress pattern calling to me…


cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

I think fate worked out just dandy!

cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

this little miss LOVES her new dress-I made a size 5, which fits loosely in the bodice, but she is tiny…it’ll last her awhile.

Love that the skirt length was longer, I prefer that for my girls dresses.

I gotta say though, I had a rough time with the cap sleeves.

I was pulling the dress through the sleeve- and since the fabric is cut on the bias, it ripped! GORSH.

cut another one, sewed it together, yes. smooth.

the next sleeve I had issues with the spacing on the bodice matching up, but after A LOOT of seam ripping, it finally came together.

It was mostly me being an idiot, the pattern is great!

cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

can you tell she loved her in seam pockets!? haha! so glad I caught this face!

Gold (!) Saltwaters found here (affiliate link)

cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

She was allll smiles after finding them.

cotton and steel dress \\ craftiness is not optional

main fabric || sleeve fabric || buttons from Target scrapbooking section || crocheted bow made with my tutorial


  1. It is totally lovely!

  2. Christine Danneels says

    Lovely !

  3. So cute! Love the found-a-pocket face.

  4. Adorable. Love the mix of prints you chose.

  5. Love your dress! Such cute pictures! And…I totally did the exact same thing! My first sleeve ripped just as I almost had everything pulled all the way through! But, unlike you, I was lazy ๐Ÿ˜‰ and fixed it by turning it into a little “dart” hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰ And add the same to the other side…Beautiful dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. love this fabric and pattern! the dress has a nice sophisticated touch that my older girls like and i love that the lions are more muted and subtle than i thought, giving nice detail instead of being the whole show.

  7. i love it! great fabric combo and i’ve been wanting to try this pattern….even more so now of course ๐Ÿ™‚ you’re always such an inspiration!

  8. Beautiful dress and gorgeous fabric. I love that the pockets thrilled her so much. You’ll have to sneak them into every dress now!

  9. darlene macdonald says

    You’ve rocked it again! Your daughter’s face is hysterical ๐Ÿ™‚ I love to use an interesting fabric for pockets for kids and watch their reactions-too funny. Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  10. Your daughter is so precious! This dress is wonderful. The lines are so great and yes, this fabric is dreamy.

  11. Cute dress! Those are some fun fabrics, and I feel that way when I find pockets in one of my garments too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. that dress, the fabric AND the model are just adorable! I think I may need that pattern ;o) Pinned!

  13. What a cutie! Love your version too. From the first picture I thought you made a maxi version. I might have to try that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mie @ Sewing Like Mad says

    ADORABLE!!!!! Like totally totally adorable!!

  15. This is darling! I love seeing her missing tooth. So cute!

  16. Love this!

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