Alice’s New Dress

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My three-year-old has become quite the girly girl recently (at least where fashion is concerned) and absolutely loves dresses; the twirlier the better!  When I saw this Urban Prairie Dress pattern with its empire waist and big ruffles, I knew I had to make it for Alice.  And what better fabric to use than the delicate prairie-inspired prints of our Sweetgrass Prairie collection?

I chose to make the 4T/5T size, not because the pattern size is off, but because my kiddo is tall.  I figure this size will fit her perfectly this summer, so I sewed it with the cap sleeve option.  The sweet little girl in the photo is not Alice — Jenni, our photo stylist found an actual five-year-old to model it for us.  Isn’t she cute?  (Five-year-olds are MUCH more cooperative than three-year-olds for photo shoots!  Funny how that works.)

Anyway, the pattern itself was very easy, and I had the dress whipped up in no time.  The only thing I added was to finish each inside seam with an overlock stitch because the pattern didn’t specify to finish seams.  I think this seam overlocking took as long as the rest of the sewing put together, but I think it’s worth it to know it’s nicely finished inside and won’t ravel.  In the end, I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to see it on Alice once it gets a little warmer outside.

4 responses to “Alice’s New Dress”

  1. Gayle L. Says:
    03/08/2012 9:18 am

    Very pretty little dress and I think you had a good idea to finish the inside seams. You did a lovely job.

  2. Mary White Says:
    03/08/2012 10:26 am

    Love it!!

  3. karenthequilter Says:
    03/08/2012 12:53 pm

    So glad you clarified this isn’t Alice – I was shocked for a moment at how fast she’d grown! LOL

  4. Jerri Says:
    03/15/2012 7:45 am

    Adorable dress! I always finish the seams on clothes as it stops being scratchy. They brown and the orange accent of the ruffle under the bodice. Your model is perfect.


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