I have to be completely honest- these were actually the girls’ Easter dresses. However, due to my sewing machine breaking down the week before Easter, I barely got these dresses done before Easter, so I didn’t have any time to blog them! But since they’re adorable, I still wanted to share them with you, so we’re changing them to summer dresses!
Both dresses are made from 100% cotton that I purchased at Joann’s. We don’t really have any other fabric stores in my area, so that’s usually where my fabric comes from.
I know Easter dressed are usually made from satin or some other equally difficult to sew fabric, but I wanted something they could wear any day, not just for special occasions. Summer dresses are made from cotton, right?
I made these following McCall’s pattern #M5791 for the infant dress, and Butterick’s B5914 for Miss Magoo’s dress. You can purchase them from the following affiliate links:
These summer dresses were such fun to make! I taught myself to sew a zipper, and I think the zippers both turned out pretty well- there’s room for improvement, but they don’t look too bad! So if you’re a sewing newbie, I just want you to know that sewing a zipper isn’t as hard as the instructions make it seem. Watch a youtube video, it makes it much easier!
I had also planned for these dresses to be made from matching fabric, but due to me cutting wrong, I ended up having to use a different fabric for the second dress. It was so silly, and I realized my mistake right as I cut too far…. oh well, right?
The only thing that I wasn’t happy with was the way the bodice fit Miss Magoo (my 4 year old). She’s wearing some 4T and some 5T, so I purposely measured her and picked the size based off her measurements on the pattern, but the bodice was still too large. But I guess that can be a good thing since it will fit her for longer. However, it’s the fact that I measured (which I usually skip) and it still didn’t fit, that makes me grumpy!
The only adjustment to the pattern I made was on Miss Magoo’s, I skipped the ties. She absolutely hates having ties if she’s sitting down, or especially in the car, so I thought it would be easier to just skip them altogether- although I know they’re cute!
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