The Tale of Two Toe-Dresses (say that fast!)

dsc_4006 My three-year-old niece loves toe-dresses!

What are toe-dresses, you ask?

Dresses that go to her toes, of course!

So, on our last visit, we went shopping at their local Jo-Ann Fabrics and chose these two quilting cottons to make her a few dresses for Christmas.

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At home, I pulled out several patterns from my stash and Mom thought Simplicity 9492 was perfect.  (This pattern is now out-of-print, but possibly available on Etsy or Ebay.)

Comparing my niece’s measurements, (including the length to her TOES!), to the pattern measurements, I had a few minor pattern alterations to make.  Once the fabric was washed and dried, we were ready to cut out and assemble.

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On the butterfly dress, we used a coordinating pink floral print for the collar and ruffle. This pink quilting cotton, also from Jo-Ann’s, has metallic gold details and is very pretty!  I cut 9″ wide strips of fabric for the ruffle, which I folded in half, gathered, and attached to the skirt hem, right sides together.  I finished the seam on my serger, then pressed the seam allowance upwards toward the skirt and topstitched 1/8″ from the seam to keep everything securely in place.

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On the flying birds dress, I used wide eyelet trim for the collar and ruffle.  The pattern piece for the lace collar was a rectangle, and I wasn’t sure how that would work around the curved neckline; but once the edge of the collar was gently gathered, it fell into place nicely.  Because this heavy eyelet trim was finished on both edges, I decided to hem this dress first, then attach the gathered trim to the right side of bottom edge.  I attached it with two rows of stitching for extra stability.

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And, here’s my niece wearing one of the dresses!  Isn’t she beautiful?

Her mom added the lavender ribbon sash which is the perfect finishing touch!

Project Details:

We bought 1 1/2 yards of each 45″ wide quilting cotton which was just enough to cut out the size 3 dresses.  (I did add several inches to the skirt length.)  Making the long sleeve version would definitely require more fabric.

The butterfly dress required approximately 2/3 yard contrasting fabric for the collar and hem ruffle.

The flying-bird dress took 3 1/2-4 yards (I didn’t measure) of double-edged eyelet trim for the collar and hem ruffle.

Both dresses took zippers, interfacing, and bias tape, which I had on hand.

I love sewing for little girls!  Have you made anything for a sweet little person in your life recently?  Tell me in the comments…

Thanks for stopping by the Hollow…

Blessings,

Kristine Zerby