KCWC spring 2012: days 6 & 7:: butterfly dress

29 Apr


final post for this kid’s clothes week challenge – a butterfly dress!

i love wearing blue. my eyes are blue and when i wear it, they look even bluer. my daughter’s are blue too and it looks wonderful on her, but she calls it a “boy color” and wants nothing to do with it. to persuade her, i need to give the garment a “special feature” that she’ll love, like ruffles or butterflies or a major twirly skirt…or all three at once!

twirling coraline

this is the coraline dress, a tutorial by jess of craftiness is not optional. jess is kind of the queen of sewing tutorials (check them all out here) and i realized that aside from her junebug dress which i remixed, i haven’t really made one even though i wanted to! when i saw this pop up, i knew it was time.


probably not the greatest choice for my final project of KCWC, after sewing more than just one hour a day all week (and blogging too!), to pick a pretty involved, bias bound/ruffle/buttonhole/full gathered skirt dress, but jess and i have some fun news coming up this week, so i wanted to end with one of her tutorials.  and oh yes, it was a very solid tutorial. no head scratching moments, though i always struggle with the sandwich-and-sew method of bias binding and have to finish sections of the inside by hand. no worries – an easy fix.

i used rae’s flashback skinny tee as the bodice base (word to the wise – size up if you do this! i’m pretty bummed that this just barely fits over her head now, so she’d better stop growing so she can wear it for more than a couple weeks!). i trimmed the tops of the shoulders and wrapped the bias around to the wrong side of the armholes rather than having it show.


one benefit of having a ridiculously messy sewing room is that some of the dark gray shot cotton that i used in her elephant charlie dress was still laying around on my cutting table. when i saw how nicely it paired with the lizzy house butterfly sky fabric, i decided to work it in on the placket and added some flat piping, too.


as has happened a few times before, Em saw the dress in process and protested “but i want pink!” and then when she saw the actual dress finished, she giggled in glee. she’s a good sport. i think i’d better make her a pink dress next, or she may stage a revolt. though as long as she can twirl, run, and ride her strider bike in a dress (with the skirt tucked into her underwear), she’s pretty happy. in fact, she moved so much during our photoshoot, i didn’t get a straight on shot of the dress! i didn’t realize this until she had changed into her (pink) swimsuit for some sprinkler-running, so i had to use the old hang-the-dress-in-the-lilac-bush technique.


that’s it for me! five items sewn in six days (took a break on friday). the energy around this KCWC was fantastic, it has been so fun watching everyone make such amazing stuff. really great job, ladies, and thanks again for hosting, meg!

17 Responses to “KCWC spring 2012: days 6 & 7:: butterfly dress”

  1. Adam West April 30, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    This is pretty amazing!! I love it. The ruffles are absolutely perfect, I LOVE the way they sit around the armholes. I’ve seen the Coraline dress and I liked it, but your version of it has made me LOVE it!

  2. Kristi April 30, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Really beautiful. I love that its not pink, but I understand that little girls don’t feel the need to be understated.

  3. anna April 30, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    so pretty, and glad she likes it even though she really wanted pink (my kids are the same way). and the ruffles are just so pretty. as always, super impressed!

  4. Erin April 30, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Such a pretty dress and I love the fabric combination. Luckily we are not in the pink stage here but we are in a dress stage. I have been sewing up several dresses so she can wear one every day if she wants.

  5. Rachel April 30, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    wow ! you had a very successful week wit KCWC, I’m impressed !

  6. gail April 30, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    way to finish strong! love the gray accent with that fabric, and no wonder E. loves it, that is one full skirt! hope you get to enjoy a mini break from sewing this week, you’ve earned it! :)

  7. carolyn April 30, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    five items in six days? You rock! And this dress is just gorgeous. All the details are amazing! Ruffles, buttons, contrasting fabric? Yes please!

  8. Jessica @ Running With Scissors April 30, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    love the gray and aqua combo! So cute and fits so well. The buttons are such a fun touch. I just cleaned my sewing room….good point in keeping all things handy and so maybe we’ll not keep it tidy for creative reasons now!

  9. you and mie April 30, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Gorgeous! And what a fantastic piece to finish off with. You were super productive this last week. Nice job!

  10. Jess April 30, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    phew! you go girl, with all that sewing! fantastic. I’m so excited you picked a tutorial of mine to do…and so excited for the weeks to come! ;)

  11. Stef April 30, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    You were so busy!! I love this one – the blue is really pretty and the ruffles are just right! Love it.

  12. Katrine April 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Adorable! Such a pretty spring dress.

  13. Trinh April 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    adorable. and so impressed with your productivity this week. can’t wait to see what you and jess have up your sleeve!

  14. mlsafrancis April 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Beautiful dress! Love the pattern and materials and will have to add it to my list. Can’t believe how many terrific things you completed in one week! You rock!

  15. Emily May 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Oh my goodness I love your version! The contrast placket and the piping are so fun. Also your ruffles are perfect! Glad she liked the butterflies and twirliness. :) PS I like lilacs a lot.

  16. jessica May 2, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    SO SWEET! I’ve never done one of Jess’ tutorial either, even though every time I see one I think it’s the cutest thing ever (Like today’s!) Now that Elsie’s a little bigger I’m sure I’ll be using them more. You kicked KCWC’s ass girl!

  17. enim sou May 21, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    What a lovely dress – I like the colour, it looks a little bit vintage and works well with the teint of your sweet daughter. Pink is not always the best colour for little girls … ;)

    enim sou

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