Matilda’s Easter Dress

We are flying down to Texas next week for Spring Break / Easter and I’ve been working on the kids coordinating Easter outfits so they are all ready before we leave. I decided to start with Matilda’s dress and use a pattern I’ve been dying to try!

This dress was made using the Harper Dress pattern by the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. I changed a few things here and there, but for the most part followed the pattern instructions and design. I love how this dress came together. There are so many different elements that I think are so sweet for a little girl.

The Harper Dress pattern is PDF printable pattern (size 3 months – 8 years) and was very user-friendly and easy to follow. I would say this is an intermediate level pattern. I probably wouldn’t attempt it as one of my first dresses. Like I said, the instructions are fantastic, but it will be a lot easier if you have some of the basic skills down such as buttonholes, applying bias tape and gathering fabric for ruffles. Once you feel like you’ve got those skills down, then I would definitely give this pattern a try!

The fabric for this dress was from ‘ABC 123’ by American Jane for Moda. This sweet little flowers just stole my heart. American Jane always has such adorable fabrics with a slightly vintage vibe.

I decided to use a 1/4” bias binding instead of a 1/2” just because I thought it would be little and sweet. Also, I chose to use six buttons on the top of the dress instead of the four shown in the pattern.
I made the bias binding from a green gingham cotton fabric from Fabric Finders. I have a handy dandy little bias tape tool that you use with your iron, but it did take me a little bit of time to make all of the bias binding.
I also used the bias binding and attached it around the waistline with a little bow. The pattern includes a wider waistband with button closure, but I wanted something a little more petite. I love the way this turned out. I’m thinking of incorporating something similar into one of my next patterns that will be released in May.
For the ruffles, I used a rolled hem on my serger. I’m not always a fan of the rolled hem. Sometimes I don’t think it looks as professional, but because the main skirt is a single layer of fabric, I didn’t want the ruffles to be too heavy, so I thought it would lighten them up by using the rolled hem.

I adore this dress. I can definitely see myself making more of this one. Often I make a pattern and never make it again, but I think this sweet little pattern will be used again for sure. I have some visions of other fabric combinations that would work so well with this design. If you’ve never visited the Peek-a-book Pattern Shop, you should head over there a take a peek, they carry so many cute patterns!

PS: Peek-a-book Pattern Shop is running a 25% off site wide sale through 3/23/13 on all patterns with the coupon code: DRIPDROP. Click here to check it out.

Here’s what’s up next on my Easter sewing to-do list……..

 Can you guess who’s outfit this will be?
Yep, next up…….an outfit for the little man.
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14 Comments

  1. oh my,how lovely is that dress…great colours too, love the gingham trim

  2. Adorable!

  3. Precious dress! I have almost the exact same fabric in my stash, but it’s one of my grandmothers vintage feed sacks! The rolled hem looks great. I’m hesitant about those, too, but it works perfectly with this dress. I can’t wait to see the rest of the Easter outfits! Have a safe, lovely trip!

  4. Cute as a button! Love the bias binding fabric and the ruffles!

  5. cute cute dress – the peek-a-boo ruffles are just too sweet!

  6. Adorable – pattern and the dress.

  7. Turned out so cute!! I love the changes you made to make it 100% cottage mama 🙂

  8. You rocked that pattern! Thanks for all the tips!

  9. How cute is this dress!! I love it – so spring-y and girly! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  10. Love this sweet dress! The binding, little floral fabrics, ruffles and buttons. Does it get any better 🙂 Love the sneak peek of Mr. Caspain’s oufit….seersucker and gingham is a match made in heaven! Can’t wait to see Savannah’s outfit 🙂 Good job Mama!

  11. Wow…what an adorable dress!

  12. so pretty!

  13. You definitely have an eye for sweetening up a pattern! I love your version so much! Thank you for sharing your improvements! I love it~!

  14. You make everything look adorable!
    I love your fabric choices.
    liZ