you know how sometimes a pattern comes along that makes you smile because it’s so dang adorable? that’s how i feel about the Edelweiss Dress. as i was sewing it, it just made me happy. maybe it’s my German roots or something, but i couldn’t wait to see it on Em.
and then, when she woke up the next morning, she went right over to it. she actually asked if she could wear it that same day! i usually hang new creations somewhere visible once i’ve sewn them (to remind me to get photos), but i don’t remember the last time she has been so antsy to wear something freshly sewn like that, especially something without a bunch of pink and/or rainbows on it! it does have woodland creatures, though…
the fabric is from the “woodland tails” line by sheri berry for riley blake (you can buy it here). i got mine at mill end and had planned to make pajamas with it, but it’s quite “German” and suited to the Edelweiss, don’t you think? the ice blue straps are kona cotton, left over from mini kingsley zissou.
i sewed a 3T with a 4T skirt. it ended up a little shorter than i typically sew, but i love the length with this particular design. the proportion is perfect.
if mine looks a bit different in the bodice than others, it’s because sometimes i follow directions even when they don’t seem quite right – turns out a silly little dot got moved during the pattern-revision process and my front straps ended up a bit closer together than they’re supposed to be, but never fear, it’s been fixed! she fixed the glitch.
the back, i adore. it’s just to die for – and like Tara, i’m powerless to its cuteness. i had to go with heidi braids just to complete the effect (gotta, right??).
i really like Adrianna and her Hey June patterns – they’re great designs with just the right amount of “interestingness” to them – I’ve also sewn the Greenpoint Cardigan (here) and the Narita Dress, but haven’t blogged the Narita yet because i tested it in the dead of winter and it’s a spring/summery design. i should do that, though! it’s clearly summer!
the dress comes with a tunic option, a pieced bodice option, and even instructions on how to piece the center front on a diagonal if you want to make something like Jess’s adorableness. this dress makes Em happy too, as you can see. i already want to make another Edelweiss – so many ways to play with fabric on this one!
be sure to follow along at Crafterhours to catch the rest of the Edelweiss Dresses on tour. my partner today is the awesome and hilarious Jennifer from Parrish Platz. Jennifer and her girls actually LIVE in Bavaria, so she’s über legit. i love her spin on it!
and if you just can’t resist it any longer, get your copy of the Edelweiss pattern right here!
37 thoughts on “edelweiss dress in woodland fauna”
Cute! I’m loving all of this inspiration! I’m going to cut into my pattern this weekend! And I love the braids!
really cute!!! love your fabric combos. Em looks utterly pleased with it!!!
Love it! So cute, love that fabric 🙂
This is such an adorable dress pattern!
My favorite part are the sweet ruffle straps – too precious!
Love your fabric choices as well – so European 🙂
Ooooo I love that compliment – Thanks Ana Sofia!
that fabric is so cute! love the bunnies and the bright colors. very edelweiss-y! i need to get myself to mill end….
i love mill end. so many diamonds in the rough there. 😉
What a perfect dress and her braids kill me.
Thanks Kristen for the shout out! I was nervous about posting on time and trying to give the proper props (I had not really done a blog tour before) and forgot to mention I had a co-poster (is that a word?). I knew I’d forget something big!! I LOVE your version. LOVE it. That is one of my all time favorite fabrics and I’ve been saving it. It’s sooo cute and yes, a little Bavarian! I love the braids too. Perfection.
Hahaha no worries at all! Love your version too!!!! Glad I got the Bavarian stamp of approval. 😀
i think i have some fabric sitting on my sewing table from that same line! except it’s green with skunks and bears. i got it from etsy and can’t remember the name, but it has those same beaded circles around the animals.
it’s a sweet little dress!
This dress is so adorable. I love the fabrics you chose and her braids!! Too cute!
Such a cute dress! I may not be able to resist this pattern much longer 🙂
Yeah, might as well just get it over with and buy it. 😉
Oh so pretty Kristin. If I had a girl I would definitely make this dress. That fabric is just the cutest too.
We need to talk Adrianna into sizing it up to adult lady sizes, eh?
This dress is too cute!! Love the Heidi braids with it!
Totally adorable, I love the fabric!
I love how yours turned out! The blue kona seems like it goes with other things easily. And I’m a total sucker for woodland. Now that you say it, I totally followed the directions for the strap placement carefully by the dots and thought they were more centered than I expected. Lol. But it worked for me because of clovers narrow shoulders, so no problem here!
yeah same here – I was worried that if they were farther apart, they’d just fall off her little shoulders…happy accident!
Ohmygersh….her heidi braids! love! And you know how much I love this dress-the fabric is perfection! She looks so adorable in it. The perfect summer frock!
This is the cutest that I’ve seen so far! Love your fabric choice… and I actually like the straps a little closer together like this. It’s darling!
Ohhhh thank you so much!! Kind of fun when you expect fabric to be one thing and find out it works really well for something else.
The bunnies are so cute on this dress. I like the longer ruffles in blue too 🙂
So cute and that fabric is perfect for it! Em looks ready to yodel with the best of ’em.
Next version I’ll have to put her on a hill and have her yodel. Hehe.
this is so sweet on Em. love those blue straps and the awesome braids.
I’ve seriously been dreaming about what print/solid combo I could do since you sent me these pics – I love it so much! And now Stef made one with a solid band at the bottom and the wheels are churning again! You guys are killing me. Anyway, just realized I never left a comment here about how appreciative I am, so I just wanted to say, again, Thank You!!!
Oh thank YOU for providing such an inspiring pattern to work with, girl! Love Stef’s too, and I even have that gray dot. Since Em is such a big fan of this one, I’m sure she’d have no trouble with me making a second Edelweiss for her. 🙂
This is so stinking adorable!!! I adore this!
Man, I love the back on this dress!
And isn’t it the best when your kid actually wants to wear what you’ve made?! It’s like a Christmas miracle 🙂
The dress is lovely on her! The print, the ruffle straps, your adorable model = pure cuteness!:)
The back is totally my favorite element of this dress’ design, too! Your version, with the fabric choices you made, is adorable! And I LOVE Em’s hair. love.
Wow, that is such a cute dress, and the fabric is perfect for it! I love the braids too, I wish my 3 year old would sit still long enough to let me do those! I am new to this whole blogging thing, I just started, http://bugbeanmama.blogspot.com/ and I do it mostly to have a place to share my sewing projects! I also leave the things I’ve just sewn hanging out visibly to remind me to photograph them… and maybe also because it’s another way to enjoy them after all that hard work! I am new(er) to your blog and I enjoy reading it a lot, you’ve made so many beautiful things, I love your taste in fabric too!
this turned out really cute!
What a fun pattern. And love the braids 🙂
Well done! I don’t think it looks German. If there’s that German style. Also Bavaria is only a small part of Germany. Greetings from northern Germany which is so NOT Bavarian. 🙂