Every year it seems I am squeezing in a last minute First-Day-of-School dress. Maybe it’s the fact that I procrastinate because somehow I am wishing that summer would stay forever…..I miss the carefree summer days already.
So, at 11 pm the night before school started I was finishing up the hem of the dress…and had it pressed and hung up just in the nick of time for the next morning.
I used the sloper that I made for her last Spring….but I really need to make her a new bodice sloper–and fast. This dress is a bit smaller than I wanted, I guess I didn’t realize how much she had grown over the summer but hopefully she can get a lot of use of it in the next couple of months before she grows out of it.
The fabric is from Penny Rose–Riley Blake Design’s new fabric company that specializes in vintage reproductions. I love the look of this wallpaper-esque huge flower print….seriously love it!
We did style it differently for school with sandals so it wouldn’t be so fancy, but I still have a girlie that likes to wear dresses and be pretty fancy most days…so for her, it worked perfectly. It was raining cats and dogs the first morning of school so, we styled her up after school and went to the backyard to shoot these pictures (hence the hair everywhere 😉
I did have a bit of a brain freeze and put the zipper in wrong the first time (hence the cut-off tops that should be properly finished, boo!) so I had to do a bit of hand stitching to make it look nice. I completely spaced that an exposed zipper should be done like a welt pocket…..I just started putting it in like a normal zipper—aHHHH! Live and learn.
And now I am trying to work on a fall wardrobe. This growing girlie needs clothes. We went shopping one day, and all we came home with was 1 pair of jeans and some white undertees….it’s hard to find tween clothes that aren’t punk rock or just.plain.weird. So, I think I will be making a lot of them…which is just fine by me, I just wish I had more time to sew 😉
Love this dress! I feel the same way about most clothes and Ansley is only five. I’m excited to see your fall collection.
Love it! And the flowers are so colorful and just pop.
Beautiful! I am a sucker for a big floral print.
This fabric really shines paired with this style of dress! Great design choice. Our daughters sound similar (fancy style) and I also found nearly nothing when we went school shopping. I ended up buying some cute tops that I’ll need to make skirts to match. But now I kinda just want to make that exact dress for her…very inspiring!
BEAUTIFUL!! Love the colors and placement of colors for the sleeves!!! 🙂
Hi, is really beautiful, could you tell me what pattern do you use for this dress
Kellie Wilson says
Be still my heart….I have happened upon your site while searching for dress patterns for a 10 year old girl. Everything is just beautiful!! I have read your posts about shopping with a daughter and that describes us to a “t”. what pattern did you use for this dress? I know you mention a spring dress and I have searched. Both of you are so talented! thanks for sharing with all of us!