Fall Dresses


A theme that will probably pop up regularly on this blog is my craziness.  Even though I was already stressed out by all the balls I had in the air, I decided to throw in one more last week and make fall dresses for the girls in time for our family pictures that we took on Saturday.

Crazy.  Christian just shakes his head at me.

It all really started back in August or so.  When I walked in the door at the fabric store they had some fall fabrics out and I saw this fine waled corduroy and just fell in love.

It is brown with little lime green pears and turquoise polka-dots.  Too cute.

After eyeing this fabric for many weeks, I decided to grab it while on sale a couple weeks ago.  It sat there until I lost my mind.

So, next I had to decide what I wanted the dresses to look like.  I wanted them to be simple so the fabric could shine and I wanted the construction to be easy since, you know, I’m crazy.

I settled on using the pattern that is the basis for the shirt dress over at MADE.  It perfectly fit all my criteria.  I took her pattern sketches and made my own patterns for each girl.  (I do this with a program called Microsoft Visio.  It is actually for creating floor plans and flow charts, but I have found that it is great for pattern making and quilt designing.)

These dresses were so easy to put together.  The raglan style sleeve on them means there are very few seams and no fussy armholes to deal with.

As I was constructing Dinah’s I decided the front was just a little too plain and I wanted to add a faux placket and some buttons.  I looked through all the buttons that my grandma had sent me, but nothing seemed right…so back to the fabric store we went.  (Side note: Dinah both loves and hates the fabric store.  She wants to touch EVERYTHING, but I inevitably take too long and her little toddler mind breaks down.  So I bribed her.  She could pick what she wanted from dollar bins from the front of the store.  She chose pink mittens that she wants to wear around everywhere…even though it was still 80+ degrees here until yesterday.  Of course she is not still long enough for me to get a picture.)  I settled on doing some fabric covered buttons with the pears and dots from the fabric.  I never knew how simple it was to create your own fabric covered buttons.  This is now my new obsession…what else can I make and add fabric covered buttons?  I love them.


The final step of the dresses was the hem.  In order to get both dresses cut from the yard and a half of fabric I needed to shorten the skirts a little more than I wanted.  I made up for this by using bias tape as hem facing.  This allowed me to still get a nice chunky hem, but only lose about 1/4″ of my dress length.  It also adds a nice pop of color on the inside of the dress.

And as if I wasn’t crazy enough, I decided the girls also needed new bows to match their dresses.  So, I made some.

Is that a ribbon covered button?  Yes, yes it is.  Obsessed, I told you.

Now the girls have new beautiful fall dresses that were great for our family pictures.  We haven’t gotten those pictures back yet, but I’ll post them for you all when we get them.


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8 Comments on “Fall Dresses

  1.  by  Kathy Hiatt

    Fabric covered buttons have been a favorite of mine for years. They are so much easier to do now than they used to be. I think it makes things look very polished. The dresses are cute, and I love the fabric.

    You forgot to mention that in all the craziness you took time to make a poster of all the craziness 🙂

    Ask Christopher about his feelings regarding fabric stores – for years, he and his brothers would cry anytime we got near one 🙂 But now that he is an adult, I think he finds them strangely appealing…

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