two of my favorite things- joel dewberry and pleats!

I made a sewing discovery this week that is a double edged sword. I figured out how to turn two half-yard cuts of fabric into a reversible dress for Piper Jane.

One one hand, it is a glorious discovery because-

A- As part of my prize for So You Think You Can Sew, I got all sorts of beautiful fabric. And, specifically, 13 half-yards of Joel Dewberry goodness.

B- The dress is super simple to put together. Like I-made-two-of-these-last-night simple. Since the bottom hem is sewn together and the arm holes and top edge are covered in casings, it comes together alarmingly quickly.

C- This dress + Little Miss Smooch = cuteness overload. Throw some sassy pigtails in there and I die.

You’ve already guessed the downside, haven’t you? It is taking every bit of restraint that I have to keep myself from holing up in my craft room, cutting my entire fabric supply into half yard pieces, and not emerging until I have enough dresses to stock a small shop. Or at least a summer wardrobe. I might resort to hiding my fabric scissors or pincushion or sewing machine cord.

Because, really, how many reversible dresses does one little girl need (probably answer “Not that many!” to encourage my restraint)? Perhaps one or two more? Also, wouldn’t this be darling in linen (I have some aqua left over from the chair redo) or seersucker? Maybe for Easter?

What have you been sewing? Have you made any sewing discoveries lately that you really shouldn’t pass along?

Comments

    • Kirstin says

      Haha- thanks Summer! And YES your girls DO need these. I’ll have to put together a tutorial. Just know- once you pop you can’t stop on these gems. :)

  1. says

    I just love reversible dresses – they are so smart for long days out or on vacations – kid gets dirty, flip it for the next activity – she needs a lot :) Way to go, it’s beautiful

    • Kirstin says

      Tone- YES I am totally with you!!! Plus it feels like you get two dresses out of one sewing venture. Love that. :)

  2. Kelly says

    Sooo Cute! I love every bit of it! :) Can I beg you for a tutorial?! I’m kind of new to sewing, but learning fast and Oh my gosh, it is ADDICTING! I love your site and have been following for a while now. Thanks for all the great stuff!

    • Kirstin says

      Kelly- it IS addicting, right??? Like I said, I might need to hide my sewing machine cord. :)
      And YES, I will work on a tutorial. I want to make another one to ‘work out the kinks’ and I’ll take pictures as I go. :)

    • Kirstin says

      Haha! Soon! I need to make another one (learned a couple of lessons with the first two) and take pics along the way. :)

  3. says

    I’m in love with this dress. And those little big tails! I know my little miss needs a couple of these dresses for her summer wardrobe! I would be incredibly grateful if you could put together a tutorial!

    • Kirstin says

      Michaela- THANKS. I’m with you on the pig tails (and the dress). :)
      And I will surely work on a tutorial… I need to make another one anyway. :)

  4. Dayna says

    she. is. precious.

    i am semi-obsessed with rag quilts right now. (yes, i so late to that party!) minus the fabric cutting & fabric snipping, they are the easiest thing i have ever sewed.

    i too, would love to see the tutorial!

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