first day dress in Amy Butler

first day dress in Amy Butler

Have you seen Amy Butler’s new fabric line, Violette? It’s gorgeous! Her team emailed me to see if I’d be interested in some of her fabric for a project. UM YES.


I picked out this gorgeous print and then it sat on the shelf for a little while…finally I decided on Dana’s first day dress pattern-I wanted a simple dress to show off that fantastic print!

I chose to sew up the swing dress with the cap sleeve option and matched hem.

I used a bit of white voile for the full lining and it worked great! I sewed up a size 5T, and then lowered the hem of the skirt down to a size 6. It fits my Sadester perfectly.

I kept looking at it on the wall thinking it would be too big…but news flash-kids grow and I’m a little bit in denial about that. har har.

first day dress in Amy Butler

The half circle skirt flares out to be the perfect twirly skirt.

first day dress in Amy Butler

I chose a orange button (probably the first orange button I’ve ever used) for the back elastic closure.

I love this kind of simple no fuss closure.

first day dress in Amy Butler

I finished the dress and realized it needed a sash to break up the print-so I headed to my local quilt shop-The Nimble Thimble, and was able to score this perfect aqua fabric!

first day dress in Amy Butler

I adore cap sleeves on my girlies..easy to sew and the cute factor is off the charts.

first day dress in Amy Butler

After we took pictures she refused to take it off for the rest of the day.

I call that a win!

first day dress in Amy Butler

first day dress in Amy Butler

first day dress in Amy Butler


  1. What a cute dress!

  2. Wonderful dress. I love the big Amy Butler prints for these kinds of things. Great twirl in this pattern too. Every little girl’s dream.

  3. That fabric is gorgeous, and the aqua sash finishes it off perfectly.

  4. Beautiful! I love all those colors together. And when did Sadie’s hair get SO long??! Such a pretty girl. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  5. Love the dress but your model is super cute! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. aw it’s adorable on her! great print and love the sash too. i love how our girlies’ big front teeth are coming in, it’s such a ‘first grader’ look. ;D

  7. I made this pattern before for my granddaughter and out an exposed zipper in the back which looked quite cute. I really like the sash you made! I like how it stays put and wondered if you sewed it on all the way around or just the side seams. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics and models.

  8. super cute! All of it! I’m loving her hair….though I’m partial to red, as my girlie has similar coloring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Pig-tailed perfection. =) I love twirly skirts almost as much as my daughters do… they would love this! =)

  10. Super cute! What ais the size of the sash?

  11. Beautiful! the dress is gorgeous and that last photo with the quizzical smile is so lovely!

  12. Fantastic dress. The sash makes it perfect!

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