Thursday, April 20, 2017

easter dress

I might have a new favorite make: Mae's Easter dress!

When shopping for her dress a few months ago, I didn't spot anything I really loved, and I also didn't feel like spending lots of money on something she will only wear a few times. I finally decided to sew her a dress. So, instead of an hour of shopping and $20 on a store-bought dress, I invested weeks of sewing time and probably $30 in fabric and supplies. Makes sense, no? Oh well, it was the perfect project to christen my new serger and craft area, and I love the result! I also have the cutest little model.

The pattern is the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations in the 12 month size. This was my first time working with a PDF pattern, and I'm excited to try more! This pattern goes up to a girls size 12, so I see more Caroline dresses in Mae's future.

The fabric is a cotton sateen from the Gertie Collection at Joann Fabrics, and it's fully lined with a crisp Kona cotton. I omitted the tulle underskirt so my little crawler wouldn't get too tangled up in it. She never wears fluffy dresses, so she was very amused by the poofy skirt and kept playing with it.

I made the bodice twice, since I wasn't thrilled with the collar on the first attempt. Other than that, everything came together smoothly. The step-by-step photos were easy to follow. I had no issues with the invisible zipper installation. Surprisingly, I haven't really sewn from a pattern since my mom helped me make a lady-bug print outfit many years ago!

I also made a little matching headband using the smallest size of the bow tie pattern from Made for Mermaids. I was shocked that Mae kept it on for more than 30 seconds... She must have forgotten it was there!

I am excited to start sewing some more clothing items and getting more practice with my serger!


  1. You never cease to amaze me, Caitlin! The dress & bow are absolutely darling.

    1. Thank you! It helps that my model is so darn cute :)