Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Smitten Lovebirds Dress

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It feels so good when an idea turns out just as you imagined it when it's done.  Which is exactly how I feel about this little dress - I'm totally smitten with it.


Which really fits, since the print is actually called Smitten!  I saw this fabric for sale over at one of my sponsors, Just Laminates, a while back (besides laminated cotton, they sell lovely regular cotton prints like these).  I knew I had to buy it for a Valentine's Day project - the little lovebirds were so cute and I loved the colors even though I wasn't sure what to make with it.  When Deb at Just Laminates suggested pairing this with the Aqua Dots fabric, I knew it would make a sweet outfit for my little 2yr old lovebird:)


I came up with the dress design from looking at vintage girl dresses from the 1930's Sears catalog.  I saw a ruffled placket with a Peter Pan collar on one and knew that was the look I wanted and set to work designing a similar look, complete with heart shaped button details:



I used a few base pattern pieces like the bodice, sleeves and collar, pulled from a few different patterns I had in my stash, for overall shape. Then I modified them to work together and used my own assembly techniques to get the right design for my vintage-inspired look. I added some contrasting print, elasticized cuffs:



and gathered front pockets:


And so the back would have a little something extra too, I used these cute heart snaps as closures (that I'd bought at my sponsor KAMsnaps):


I love how things came together and can't wait to get some pics of my lovey dove wearing it & looking sweet for Valentine's Day.  I'm thinking about doing a bit of a tutorial on this dress, if enough people were interested.  If you are, just let me know in the comments:)



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77 comments:

  1. Oh my word... that is just amazingly lovely beautiful... And to think I was so proud of the first dress I ever made for my baby cousin...
    Feel free to link up on my blogs linky party!
    http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/search/label/made%20monday

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  2. SunshineLollipopFaceAndHandsFebruary 2, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    omg I would love a tutorial on this, it would be so awesome if you made one! I can't wait to find out how you put those snaps in, how that works! That would be sooooo great please do one!

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  3. Oh I absolutely am! I love it and would love it even better if I could make it!

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  4. JenniferCandyBeansFebruary 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Those hearts on the bodice look like candy. Have you thought about putting candy on it? That probably doesn't make sense, but sounds delicious.

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  5. This is simply STUNNING! I know how challenging it can be to work on such small garments, and this is fantastic. GREAT JOB!

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  6. This is just perfect!!! So sweet and precious!! You did such a beautiful job!! Pinning this now!!! :)

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  7. this adorable with a CAPITAL A!!!!!! so cute and sweet i can hardly stand it!!!! oh when i "remember" where i got those milk bottles i will let you know -- i am having a BRAIN FREEZE on them but i do remember they were a bit pricey! lol!!!! found it...
    http://shopsweetlulu.com/ hugs...

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  8. It doesn't get much cuter than this! I like everything about the dress...from the details to the fabric used.

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  9. This is so adorable, would look really cute on my granddaughters... i especially love the gathered pockets!

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  10. AMAZING JOB! I love it, SOOO cute!!! ♥Winona

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  11. Adorable! I would love a tutorial. Such a cute dress!

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  12. What an incredible dress! A tutorial would be great!

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  13. Absolutely ADORABLE!!! Great work! :)

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  14. Oh this is sooooo cute!!! A tutorial would be wonderful!! And thanks for the link to the adorable snaps - I have got to pick some of those up!

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  15. LOVE this! I agree-a tutorial would be wonderful!

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  16. yes please!!! this is so cute!!!!!

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  17. Love this! A tutorial would be awsome!!

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  18. This really is the most precious little dress...love that sweet fabric! It's a happy dress! ♥

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  19. Cheryl, this is just about one of the sweetest little dresses I've ever seen! How could one help but to be utterly smitten?

    Jenn

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  20. This is the most adorable dress you did a beautiful job on it Cheryl! The fabrics you chose are so lovely and sweet and the design is just precious I love it!! ♥♥

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  21. You are all so sweet and made my day with your wonderful comments on this. Definitely putting together a tutorial for it!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful! I need to learn how to sew!

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  23. So adorable! Love the look and the fabrics. Great job!

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  24. This is beautiful, Cheryl! I love it! I think it's one of my favorite things you have made! :)

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  25. I love it!! i'm your newest follower too. would love if you would also come check out my blog! :-) sewloveit.blogspot.com

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  26. Thanks for sharing at Dwell on Fridays - I envy your vision and skills!

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  27. LOVE the colours you've used for this outfit - the dress is gorgeous!

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  28. An adorable Valentine dress! Thanks so much for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

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  29. Oh my the material you chose is just precious. Thank you for sharing and good luck at Bacon Time.

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  30. That is just ADORABLE!!! The fabric, the Peter Pan collar, the heart buttons, the ruffle... it all works SO well!!! I would love for you to share this at our ongoing linky that's just for Girls' Dresses...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/01/threading-your-way-dresses-for-girls.html

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  31. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://toastiestudio.blogspot.com/2012/02/made-monday-picks.html

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  32. So cute. I love the heart buttons. Thanks so much for linking this up at Doggone Dirty Craftin last week. Can't wait to see what you have for this thursday!

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  33. Such a cute dress! Would love a tutorial!!!

    Blessings! <><

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  34. Sew many sweet details! ;) Thanks sew much for linking up.

    Sew many puns, sew little time. :)

    Karah

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  35. SHARED THIS LOVELY ON MY COM-FB page. winks, jen

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  36. Hey Cheryl! This (and all you do is just stunning!) Would love it if you'd link this and/or your pinkalicious birdhouse to my blog's new linky party. BTW, I am just jumping into homeschooling too and am so excited!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/destination-inspiration-tuesday-diy.html

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    1. Thanks so much! I've just linked up. Welcome to homeschooling too - I've got some great links to free ideas & sources on the sidebar:)

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  37. The dress is absolutely adorable! I like the buttons--what a wonderful touch to such a sweet dress. I hope you can join us at the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.

    Erika

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  38. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Love it! Pretty please link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/02/turquoise-lovin-24.html

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  39. that is sooo pretty! love the colors you used.

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  40. That dress is adorable! Love the front placket with buttons.

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  41. Soooo sweet, I love all of these old fashioned looking prints. Great job. Kathi

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  42. Found you from a Ruby Jean link up. LOVE THE DRESS. I have had this dress in my head for months. I could really use some pointers on where to start. I am afraid to mess it up without a pattern.

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  43. This is so stinkin' cute!!!!!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  44. This is just too cute! I love your fabric choices and all the small details! Thanks for linking up! : )

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  45. Awwww how beautiful! Love all the little details! So cute! Love that fabric too!

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  46. What an amazingly gorgeous dress! Perfect complementing fabrics and cute little buttons too!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  47. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love everything about it... the fabrics, the colors, the details, the cuffs. It makes me smile when I look at it!

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  48. Adorable! Will you make a tutorial? Please!

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  49. So pretty! My time at your site via Made by You Monday. Look forward to reading more and hopefully a tutorial.

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  50. I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic tonight. Stop by and grab a button:>

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/15-awesome-valentine-projects.html

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  51. Cheryl, this is so cute and sweet I am almost speechless...which I guess isn't a problem since I'm typing LOL! Seriously, love it and just had to feature it in this week's A Crafty Soiree. Thank you so much for linking up!

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  52. just the cutest dress, love the placket most of all! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  53. I Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! We will open it tonight to start linking up. Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

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  54. so fantastic!!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party!
    Hope you can join me again tomorrow

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  55. Hi Cheryl, I've featured your Smitten Lovebirds Dress this week...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/02/threading-your-way-features_11.html

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  56. Just ADORABLE! Love the colors together

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  57. I absolutely LOVE this dress!! I would love a tutorial. Adorable!

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  58. I'm in love with this dress, every detail is amazing! Please post a tutorial/pattern. I have a 2 yr. old DD also and she would look darling in this.

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  59. This is complete cuteness! Love the fabric and the buttons.

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  60. PLEASE do a tutorial!!!! GO SLOW on the back with snaps :) LOL I have never done anything like that with snaps or buttons but really want to learn so I can do more cute dresses/tops.

    LOVE THIS! My almost 3yo saw this and said, Mama make me that dress? Okay? Ha!!! I wish it were THAT easy!
    GREAT job. Love the combo and love the style.

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  61. I featured this beautiful dress today :)

    Thanks for joining JAQS Studio Linky Party!

    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-18-linky-party-and-features.html

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  62. Amazing that you can just 'piece' this together. You are obviously an experience seamstress.

    Anyhow, thank you for linking this one also up at our Valentines party.

    As I just wrote you, our new party is open today at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

    We hope you will submit new projects/tutes and show off your wonderful work!

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  63. Oh wow. My heart beats faster and faster. This dress is amazingly beautiful!
    Oh YES, please please please do a tutorial on that!!!
    ...we live pretty far away from each other (I live in Germany, and in July we move to Brazil), so I would do something I usually NEVER do: Inwould totally copy the whole style of that dress, use absolutely exactly the same fabrics, that you've used... I just can't help myself: It is too perfect!!!!
    ♥!!!

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    1. Thanks so much - that is a major compliment! The tutorial is now posted and you can find it here: http://sewcando.blogspot.com/2012/02/smitten-lovebirds-dress-tutorial.html

      Would love to see if you make one:)

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