Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

An Easter Dress

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

An Easter dress with a few days to spare! High five! Seriously though, I really waited until the last minute this year. Which is better than last year when I just bought a dress from Coscto. This time I knew I wanted to make my daughter’s dress. I’m not really sure how much longer she is going to want to wear things I sew for her, but I can tell you she is still very excited about it when I do.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. My daughter is 7, but pretty tall for her age. I made a size 8 and it fits perfectly, with a little room to spare. I’m hoping we can get a lot of use out of it this summer!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We chose fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line, Twill Bouquet in Black. I love, love, love it. For the bodice lining, I picked a solid from Michael Miller’s Cotton Coutures. They are so soft and smooth, I knew it’d be a perfect choice.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The pattern was easy to make. It took about 2 hours. My daughter didn’t want the ruffle flutter sleeves, the pockets, or the notched neckline, so that sped things up! I made the pleated skirt option, rather than the gathered skirt.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The buttons at the back were super easy with Bernina’s automatic buttonhole foot. Whenever I make something with buttons, I joke that I just sit back with my coffee while my machine does all the hard work for me.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have one very happy little girl who is now ready for Easter!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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27 Responses to “An Easter Dress”

  1. 1
    Liz says:

    The dress is beautiful and it looks great on your daughter! I used to make dresses for my daughters but they are in their twenties now. Can’t wait for some grandchildren to sew for them too.

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    Jean Thompson says:

    Very Cute Dress ! How about one in a Chambray – I love Blues and the fabric would be lightweight for Summer.. This could even be a Jumper pattern for Fall… I bet she couldn’t wait to try it on and pose for the Photos…Nice Job..

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    Susan says:

    That dress is just adorable. I love the fabric. Dowry is such a pretty line of fabrics.

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    Julianna says:

    Fabulous dress! Your daughter looks so lovely and prepared for Easter:)

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    Charlotte says:

    I love it! I made my 7 year old daughters dress this year. A very similar Simplicity pattern. I should really make her things more often. Like you said who know how much longer it will last?

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    Josie McRazie says:

    I was in High School and still asking Mom to make me a dress! I alwasy had a new one for music contest or a holiday! I would hive anything for a new dress from Mom! (She has been gone 10 years) so ya just never know!

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    Diane says:

    She’s as cute as the dress. Love the pleats and the purple bodice lining of Cotton Coutures. Indeed those are so soft.

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    Sara says:

    Really cute! I just finished a similar dress (Caroline Party Dress) for my daughter that is about that age. They get so excited about new pretty things! I hope they still love handmade clothes in a few years :)

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    Kim K says:

    Keep sewing garments for your darling daughter. I started sewing for my 2 when they were infants. I am now preparing to make the oldests wedding gown. Since I always wait until the last minute I am usually the one begging to buy the dress. Just remember, there is a huge difference between “hand made” and “home made”.

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    Debbie says:

    Just darling! And I love that she is so pleased with it! *priceless*

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    Marcia R says:

    Adorable! Nice job, Faith!

  12. 13
    Dana Henry says:

    The dress is bueatiful! I remember, when my baby girl loved the outfits I made her. Now it’s Hollister, Hollister, Hollister.

  13. 14
    Mair Dyer says:

    What a lovely dress for your beautiful daughter. I came across that pattern a few days ago and loved it. Might have to buy it and make some dresses for my great nieces

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    Marianne says:

    Lovely dress, Faith on a darling daughter. She photographs so well , and you captured her charm!

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    Julie Beard says:

    Brilliant job! I think the dress is so delightful and your daughter is a very lucky girl. I can remember some of the dresses my mother made me as I was growing up. Wonderful to have memories. Treasure them. Julie

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    Lucy Daniel says:

    Faith, what cutie pie your little girl is! LOVE the pattern and fabric choices. Happy Easter!!!

  17. 18
    Cindy says:

    Beautiful job on the dress. Your daughter looks adorable. Yesterday I finished making an outfit for my daughter to wear for her 13th birthday so your requests may not stop anytime soon – they just have you create patterns just for them.

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    Gwen says:

    What a cute dress!! I think that one will get lots of wear! I can see many “Alice in Wonderland” type afternoons!!

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    anna says:

    she is so darling Faith!!!! It fits her so great and she looks so happy to wear it. :)

  20. 21
    Gertie says:

    Such a beautiful dress – your daughter looks so happy in it!

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    Kari says:

    Darling dress, darling girl. With all boys here, it just Easter ties, and that’s not near as fun as dresses–not that I could whip up a dress if I needed to, but I’m jealous all the same.

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    Christina says:

    It’s just perfect! I would have never thought to make a dress with that fabric, but it’s just gorgeous and happy and perfect.

  23. 24

    Beautiful dress, Faith! I can’t believe you found the time to make it on top of everything else you have going on– it’s priceless. Love the purple lining! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  24. 25
    Amanda says:

    This is such a great dress and I love how happy she looks in it :) Well done!

  25. 26
    Christy says:

    What a cute dress! I love that AMH fabric so, so much. I’d wear a dress made out of it!

  26. 27

    Now that is a very pretty little dress. Great fabric choices. I like your daughter’s sense of style. No frills necessary. A beautiful smile is the perfect embellishment!

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