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Flutter Sleeve Sundress

Besides the zipper, this dress was the easiest Easter dress I made this year. Making the dress was definitely easier than taking pictures of her wearing it! You see, she has an ever-evolving “picture smile” and it has recently morphed into this: Painful, right? One day she will be very embarrassed that I posted these pictures. I am sorry, dear. Just keep practicing that smile, OK? I even tried to get a picture of her…

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Boutique Style Peasant Dress (and Ribbon & Pearls Necklace)

This dress was simple to make… in theory. 🙂   I didn’t take pics of the whole process since I made changes along the way, but I will explain it a little bit here. I made the bodice in a peasant dress style (doesn’t get too much easier than that!) I trimmed the sleeves in eyelet lace after my first idea didn’t work out. I had JUST enough on hand- only an inch to spare!…

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Twirly Lace Dress Tutorial

This dress was deceptively simple to create and since it was the first one I made for Easter, I was able to take (some) decent pictures of the process because I had daylight. 🙂  It has a cross-front bodice, lace overlaid waistband, corset back, and circle skirt. (Say that five times fast!) I think she looks so mature and grown-up in this dress, but it would be so cute on a smaller girl, too. OK,…

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All-American Dress Tutorial

Just for fun, I decided to make dresses for all four of my girls for Independence Day.  I designed this high waisted halter style and it was sooooo easy to make! Really!! OK… here goes a little tutorial. I make my bodice patterns by tracing shirts that already fit the child well and adding seam allowances.  For this one, I also made a V-neck and a high waist- only about 3/4″ below the armpit.  Cut two…

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Puffy Petal Flower Tutorial

This week I made something special for my baby girl!  I am sharing the full tutorial over at Fireflies and Jellybeans next week, but here is a little sneak peek… I made some fabric flowers with five petals to match the fabric and embellish her outfit a little bit.  I have made fabric flowers before, but after playing around for a few minutes, this just seemed like an easier way to do it. Cut a…

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Vintage and Lace Nightgown

Next to nothing in the way of PJs or nightgowns survived the first two girls to be passed down to my 3yo. Nightgowns are, in my opinion, way too much $ for what they are to buy them in stores. I made it from some great giveaway prizes, so it cost me nothing but a little bit of thread, elastic, and time. Sweet!  There is that picture smile again. I whipped this one up in about a…

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Halley’s Plan B Dress

Halley’s dress was not what I intended to make.  It was supposed to have a yoke across the neck and ties on one side, but I just could not get it to lay flat, so I ended up ripping it apart and going to Plan B!  It still has the big bow on one shoulder like she wanted, so it works.  I also found a way to incorporate some extra white into the dress so…

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Isabelle’s Bubble Dress Tutorial

As promised, I am showing you all how I made Isabelle’s Easter dress.  I talked her into a bubble dress, but she chose the wide, high bodice style with a highish waist and wide sash part herself. And she picked the buttons out, too.  (Yes, it is missing one- I forgot the buttons when I used Mom’s machine to make the holes and didn’t listen to her when she said she thought the pack only had three buttons. …

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