Monday, April 1, 2013

The April (and Beyond) Dress

The last time I redesigned The Dress was in September.  The fall version got us through November and she had enough Christmas and winter dresses to get us through the season, but the dress was begging to come back out for spring.  

I used this dress as my inspiration (pinned by my blogging friend, Jenna).  I even planned to keep the pink and grey color scheme because I could imagine it working well against the unusual shade of green in this dress.   

Then my friend, Flo, gave me a big box of scrap fabric.  It didn't contain many pinks or greys, but I pulled out close to a dozen other possibilities.

I left the fabrics and the dress fanned out in my bedroom floor for a few days and something about the navy against the green struck me every time I glanced that way.   

I cut out seven strips of fabric (about 1 inch wide and 1 yard long).  Then I folded and twisted and rolled the strips into rosettes, securing with hot gluing every few inches.  I sewed the rosettes onto the dress and tacked the edges of the rosettes together to keep them from shifting.  Alaine calls this her necklace dress. 

The Dress was originally a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, Sarah.  Her two girls had been given matching dresses and the smallest of the pair of dresses (size 18 months) had been outgrown.  Alaine has worn The Dress from age 9 months old until now at age 2 1/2 years.  That's one amazing dress.

Sarah recently passed us the largest dress of the pair of dresses (size 3T).    We're affectionately calling this The Dress 2.

The Dress 2

Do you have ideas for The Dress 2?  Send me your ideas, links, and pins!  I'm thinking I want to go drastic this time. 


  1. I love the necklace dress. Alaine also looks a lot older in the second photo, much less like a toddler and more like a little girl.

    I can't wait to see what you do with Dress 2!

    I love these rick rack flowers. These felt butterflies are also really cute. Or maybe a crazy, colorful, t-shirt ruffle petticoat underneath.


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