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For both girls I made the empire waist version with the gathered flutter sleeves. I really have this thing for a princess seam line on little girls’ dresses. I think these are the 5th and 6th dresses I’ve made with a princess seam line in the bodice. I didn’t make any alterations except I left off the pockets, and for my baby’s dress I was a little short on fabric for the skirt so I did pleats instead of gathers.
This pattern literally has an infinite amount of versions you could make. You get so many ideas and styles in one pattern. It runs newborn to size 8. I made a size 3 for my daughter and lengthened the skirt to size 4. I made a size 12 mos for my baby and lengthened the skirt to size 18 mos. I wanted a lot of growing length. The pattern not only gives lots of different ideas of dresses to make, it has detailed instructions with pictures of every step. I think it’s a great pattern for beginners.
I used quilting cotton for both of the dresses. I have been collecting small cuts of adorable quilting cotton to one day use for my little girls’ dresses. I feel like they are finally big enough that I can start using those precious fabrics, and I’ve learned –. I wanted the dresses to coordinate without matching. I didn’t have enough fabric to make them the same dress anyway. I stuck with navy, pinks, and white for a cute and coordinating look.
The size 3 dress is made with a striped fabric for the bodice. I think my aunt gave me this fabric when she cleaned her stash out. Here is a similar pink and white striped fabric*. I used this floral quilting cotton* for the skirt and sleeves of the dress. I got it as a remnant so it was 50% off. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
The size 12 mos dress is made with a navy floral fabric for the bodice. This fabric is also from my aunt cleaning out her stash. Here is a similar navy floral fabric*. I used this triangle quilting cotton* for the skirt and the sleeves. I also got it as a remnant at 50% off.
I used KAM snaps* for the placket on both of the floral dresses.
I love this outtake. My baby was not happy to stand and hold hands with her sister.