‘Sunny Happy Skies’ ~ Coordinating Sister Dresses

So, as I mentioned about a month ago, I’m currently working with Riley Blake Designs on their Project Design Team.  And what is really fun about this new adventure is getting to work with lots of pretty new fabric to come up with projects for their blog.  Well, I happened to receive quite a bit more yardage of ‘Sunny Happy Skies’, so I decided to create two coordinating looks for my girls.

The hat will be a free pattern and tutorial that I will have posted on the Riley Blake Designs ‘Cutting Corners‘ blog tomorrow and the big bow dress will be a free pattern and tutorial that I will post here on the blog for you all later this week!

Here’s the dress I created for Miss Savannah:

I wanted to make her something that was loose-fitting and comfy for running around and playing, but still had a bit of whimsy.

I thought about adding rick rack in the collar, but opted for pale yellow piping instead due to the bold print in the main fabric.

I decided to do a zipper in the back of this dress.  I usually prefer buttons, but I had the urge to do a zipper since it had been awhile since I had put one in a dress.  The verdict………I still prefer buttons.

Here’s the dress I created for Miss Matilda (I will share the tutorial for this dress later in the week):

I wanted something really fun for Matilda since she is at such a fun age.  I went with a giant over-sized pocket that I embroidered with ‘Oh Happy Day’ and trimmed with rick rack.  I also created a large statement bow for the front of this dress.

I love the huge bow in the front of this dress.  And I especially love the fun, striped fabric.  Matilda’s favorite color is blue, so I went with that for the main body of the dress.  The straps are simply pre-gathered eyelet.

And finally, here are some pictures of my little ladies……..

So, later this week I will post a tutorial so you can make your own ‘Happy Day’ Big Bow Dress and tomorrow I will be posting a tutorial and free pattern for this hat on Riley Blake Designs:

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Now that I’ve got these two looks created, I’m off to cut my pattern for something for my little guy.  
Have a great week!

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  1. Lovely design and precious models.

  2. I really like the yellow piping on that dress collar. Such pretty girls!

  3. Very, very sweet! 🙂

  4. very cute:) I love that huge pocket.
    I’d like to ask you why you prefer buttons over a zipper. The look? The installation? Just curious cause I love invisible zippers and always use those over buttons – even when the pattern calls for buttons. unless I want the look of buttons of course but my girls are getting older and don’t like the ‘cute’ look quite so much anymore. Would love to know your thoughts!

    • I just love the look of buttons and I also just find them easier to install. I guess it’s all just personal preference – I’m sure zippers are much easier for others. I love to use fabric covered buttons and I just don’t find I can achieve the same look with a zipper. Great to hear from you!

  5. What beautiful classic styles! I love the hat!

  6. Awesome! The colors, patterns, photos and that adorable pocket! Love it all!

  7. Oooh! Can’t wait for the dress tute and the hat! So adorable. I love the idea of using the eyelet as a strap- what a beautiful “shortcut” that doesn’t look like one at all!

  8. they are so adorable lindsay! seriously, too sweet. and i love the little dress with the embroidered pocket and bow – how fun!

  9. So sweet! The prints are precious, and I love me little girls with big bows! The nice room dress is great, I can see it pictured with some leggings for school! So many options! Thanks for sharing!

  10. those are very sweet dresses.

  11. Lovely prints and cute little dresses for your sweet little ladies. (Just as usual) :o)

  12. Beautiful work! That Oh Happy Day on the dress makes me really happy too!!!! Keep up the good work. I have been following you for a while and just put a link to your blog on my new blog. http://embracingalifeunexpected.blogspot.com Keep up the good work, Mama. 🙂

  13. So, so adorable!! Your girls are so sweet!!

  14. Oh, Lindsay, these are so fun and so adorable. Love that big bow. But you know what I love most of all? Thinking about you looking at those pictures 15 years from now with your two most beautiful ladies as young adults. Precious pictures. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your little man.

  15. Very cute!

  16. You do such such a wonderful job of not only putting fabrics together, but the colors you merge, that compliment each other are amazing… you are gifted. And seeing these girls in their dresses, it almost brought tears to my eyes, they are so precious!

  17. Oh! I forgot: LOVE the eyelet on Matilda’s dress.

  18. These are precious! I’ve yet to find anything by Riley Blake that I didn’t absolutely love. They’re my “go to” fabric every time.

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  19. Your daughters look adorable and their dresses are absolutely fabulous! I have a preference for the one with the sort of lace shoulder straps! Looking forward to the tutorial.

  20. They look adorable! Very cute dresses. And very inspiring. Makes me want to pull out the sewing machine, which I put away before Christmas, before our house had become a ‘bed & breakfast’ (hahaha).

  21. Those dresses are adorable. And you always make everything look so easy so I’ll be looking forward to the tutorials.

    The hat I LOVE. I have tried to find a hat just like that for about 4 yrs so I’m thrilled to see you’ve done such a great tutorial on that. Thank you so much.

  22. aww Thank you for bringing me a smile today. 🙂 I hope to spread the joy when I present this to my 4 year old grandaughter 🙂


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