A new dress for Maia



I finally dusted off the sewing machine the other night and whipped up a quick little dress for Maia.

I’ve hardly done any sewing since Daphne was born, so it felt good to get back on. And, of course, the list of projects I want to make is a mile long!


But I started with this dress for Maia, using one of her t-shirts and some pretty pink and red flowered fabric I picked up recently in anticipation of sewing once again.

Here’s my tutorial for this dress.

The only thing I did differently this time is added a ruffle along the bottom, using some black and white striped fabric for a cute contrast.


These photos were taken at the Arboretum. We went there yesterday for a few hours of exploration and walking around. It was a beautiful, sunny spring day. Just perfect.


I think I’ll have to add large pockets to the next dress I make for Maia for all the treasures she picks up. You know — the stones, leaves, flowers, bugs. I’m glad she’s not squeamish about insects, but don’t really want to be asked to carry a beetle half the size of my thumb!


I thought about adding a small applique or maybe freezer paper stencil to the top, but waffled over the decision for too long. What do you think? Should I leave the dress as is or add a little flower or something else?

By the way, I’m super inspired by this post on girls clothes tutorials on elsie marley. She also has one for boys. And, as if that’s not enough, she posted a kids clothes making challenge for the 2nd week in May which I’m planning to participate in.

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    May 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Adorable dress, adorable photos, and adorable little girl!!!

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    Christine - Origami Mommy
    May 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

    How beautiful – I love the dress and the photos.

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    annette standrod
    May 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I think it does need a little red something appliqued on the chest. I love the striped ruffle too. might try this one day. this would be good for the shirts that are a tad short.

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    May 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    what a cute dress, jean! perhaps add a little something to pull all the colors together (including the black and white?)? but it’s also cute as is.

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    May 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    why not do the pockets the same light pink as the t-shirt and put an applique on those? so cute!

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    May 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Cute!!! How about taking one of Maia’s simple drawings, trace it onto the top and then do a simple ‘outline’ embroidery stich in a contrasting color(s) (red/black). Perhaps she could draw a little something she saw/found on the excursion to commemorate her trip wearing it for the first time? Just a thought….. Have a lovely weekend!

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    The Artful Parent
    May 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Ooh! I love all the ideas! You can see how this waffling might continue… Or maybe I just need to make several different dresses, each incorporating one of these ideas.

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    Scented Sweetpeas
    May 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    gorgeous dress, i have a thing for little applique things at the moment so I think a little flower would look lovely on her dress.

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    May 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    absolutely love the dress! i think i would add a little applique in the black and white stripe pattern to tie it all together. love her cute hairstyle, too! :)

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    May 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love the idea of using one of Maia’s drawings. What about getting her to draw a picture of of a flower directly on some fabric backed with freezer paper and using some fabric pastels. You could either use it as an applique or a pocket. She could do a couple and both of you could decide which one you like the best.

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    May 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yes on the detail. Cute as it is but with great embellishment potential. I never get further than the Sew Mama Sew blog archives for kid clothing ideas.

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    May 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Ahh, that looks sweet and easy. My daughter loves a comfy dress, but I MUST RESIST. I’m supposed to be “cured” of making kids clothes because of this last episode: http://stitchedincolor.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/oh-well/

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    May 2, 2010 at 12:50 am

    What a cute dress! I might suggest a small zebra decoration on the pink, to tie in the stripey ruffle at the bottom. What do you think?
    As for the treasures, how about this treasure apron from Rhythm of the Home? http://rhythmofthehome.com/spring-2010/stashing-treasures-play-apron/
    I plan to make a few of those myself (but haven’t yet…talk about project piles!). They look so cute and aren’t limited to one outfit.
    Beautiful work, as always! Lucky Maia!

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    The Artful Parent
    May 2, 2010 at 6:17 am

    That’s so funny, Rachel!

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    The Artful Parent
    May 2, 2010 at 6:18 am

    That’s a cute apron!

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    The Artful Parent
    May 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I’m loving all the ideas!

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    May 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Heh. At my house we will wait for a stain and THEN add a stencil to cover it up.

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