Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lovely Melanie's Dress of Blues

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 This past school year I had the pleasure of having Jacob M. in my kindergarten class.  He is a charming little boy with a sweet and easy going personality.  He gets along with everyone, both girls and boys alike.  Jacob's mommy volunteered an entire morning nearly every week of the school year and her help was so very appreciated!  I was lucky to work with this family a couple of years ago when their oldest child Melanie was in my class.  What a sweetheart!  I made Melanie a sundress as my 'thank you' for this family.  Melanie looks stunning in blue and that is the color she chose.  Her mommy chose the Annie's Sundress and Jumper by Primrose Lane that I have used so often.  She felt that Melanie would get to wear the dress longer with the tie shoulders.

I used four coordinating prints and a solid blue for the hem band and the lining.  The skirt was made with eight 11 inch wide panels that were serged together and top stitched.  I used a piece of bias binding in the raspberry color that accents three of the coordinating fabrics to separate the hem band from the body of the skirt.  The waist is drawn in by 4 inch wide lined sashes to make a pretty bow in the back.
 I cut a large floral motif from one of the fabrics and appliqued it to the bodice of the dress.  I then found three different raspberry colored buttons in my stash to accent the flowers.  I've made this dress pattern so many times but each time I try to do something a little different so that each girl's dress is unique.
Blessings for peace and happiness!


  1. I love the blue of this dress, and the raspberry binding and buttons are such a fun touch. =)

  2. Thank you! I noticed that Melanie's mom has posted a photo of Melanie in the dress on her pinterest account. I'll have to repin it and put it under my Made by Me section on my account. It fits well! I am happy!


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