Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Little Dress For Fall

When this season started things were still quite warm outside and the autumn-themed dresses I'd bought for my little lady were still too heavy.  I wanted to make a good layering dress for the in-between weather and came up with this simple one:

It's a littler girl version of my Sleeveless Sunday Dress, which I have free PDF patterns for in size 8-10

  I'd been wanting to make a smaller one so my two girls can have matching dresses and finally got around to mocking one up with these fabrics.

I'd been hoarding this fall-themed organic cotton fabric (Fort Firefly by Birch) for AGES.  I had a selection of these pretty coordinating 1/2yd cuts but could never come up with a good enough project to justify cutting into them.  So they sat on the shelf for many an autumn.  Since this was a small enough sized dress, it meant they finally got used, which is great since they're so cute:

Like my bigger girl versions, this lined bodice dress snaps up the back:

  I paired it with a little crochet sweater I'd found tucked away amongst my great grandmother's things.  She'd made it more than 25 years ago, but had never gifted it to anyone.  She had been an avid crocheter her whole life and had made countless sweaters, hats and blankets for us when we were small.  I'd loved putting them on as a child.  It warmed my heart to see my littlest daughter wearing this one, as though it was meant just for her:

I made the bodice a bit shorter on this toddler size.  

I do plan to offer this as a free PDF pattern like my bigger ones, but this was my test version to make sure the fit was right.  Apart from her drooling all over it just before I took the photos, I was happy with it.

Since I only had 1/2yds of these particular prints, the skirt wasn't as full as I'd originally planned.  I've got a lot more yardage of a Christmas print that I'm planning to use with this pattern to make her holiday dress this year so that version will be fuller and I'll roll out the free pattern with that one:)

Now that the weather is turning colder, I'm pairing it with some cable knit tights and either a long sleeved onesie underneath or a cardigan over it.  A cute little outfit and I finally stash busted a bit.  Hooray!


  1. Oh my goodness, what a cute little dress and a cute little model! Thanks for sharing at TFT. :)

  2. Cheryl, your daughter's dress (and your daughter!) are just ADORABLE!!! I was soooo glad you linked up at Share Your Style a couple of week's ago. I was able to feature your post at SYS #325 last Wednesday. :) Just getting back by (been working outside on our shed again plus work!) to say I was happy to feature your sweet girl and post! <3

    Have a great rest of your week and enjoy your littles... They grow up so fast! My daughter is 29 1/2 and my son is married and is 27. He and his wife have little Milo, who I'll get to actually meet for the first time (Covid... whaaa!) this Christmas.

    Big hugs,
    Barb :)

    1. Thank you Barb and for the lovely feature too! They do grow up fast - my oldest just turned 19, so I'm trying to remember to treasure these harried times with my two little toddlers because I know they won't be this little for long. Enjoy this very special Christmas with your new little grandson and may it be blessed with many happy memories. Give him many hugs to make up for the lost time:)


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