Friday, December 16, 2011

Let's Play Dress-Up

I love making dresses for my little girls. I've made quite a few for Bella and it's so addicting to be able to put exactly what you want into the dress! This year for Christmas, I decided to make my girls and my niece's dresses for Christmas. I've gotten two of them done so far and I just need to finish one for Sienna and my niece Claire (Faith's little girl). I snapped some pictures this morning and it was a little bit of an interesting experience since I usually bribe offer her chocolate chips for pictures. I did not want chocolate on this dress. I also usually offer her my iPhone but I needed it for pictures, so the pictures that I took came out a little wonky. She normally loves to take pictures, but they are mostly of her forehead or her hands.

Here is my inspiration for the holiday dresses:

                                                           Source: via Melody on Pinterest

                                                                             Source: via Melody on Pinterest

And here is my dress:


As you can see, it looks nothing like those dresses but it's always nice to have inspiration, right? I love how the dress came out. For the skirt, I used pre-ruffled fabric. BEST INVENTION EVER. Instead of spending hours and hours perfecting my ruffles, I just cut it out and sewed it together. It's awesome.

For the top, I used satin with a cotton lining. For the back, I installed an invisible zipper which sounds very hard, but is actually easy peasy. There are tons of tutorials out there so I won't bore you with my very unprofessional way of doing it. I have different satin ribbon to tie around the waist but I didn't want to limit myself to only using Christmas colours, so I have a cream, red and yellow to add later.

Without further ado, here is my little monkey modelling her dress:

(Wearing her cute little headband I made for her)

(This is where she decided she was done)

I'm considering doing a tutorial on the dress but I would like to see if anyone is interested before I put the time into it. If you would, just comment below!

Have you done any shopping for the little ones in your life? Have you ever tried to sew dresses before?

9 Days till Christmas!!


  1. Bella looks so adorable! Melody, you did great on those dresses! They look beautiful!

  2. I agree with the others, great job. I would love a tutorial. As a mother who would love to sew if only I owned a sewing machine, I'd love to know how you accomplished this beautiful dress.

    Mommy Sauri~

  3. @Mommy Papi and Babies SauriThanks so much! I'll have to work on a tutorial in the New Year. If you're really interested in sewing, you don't need the most expensive sewing machine on the market - mine is a Kenmore from Sears that I received as a Christmas present a few years ago.


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