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 Comments

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    Liz

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Julianna

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Charlotte

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

    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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      Faith

      April 18, 2014

      That is so awesome Josie! I bet she loved making you things and knowing how much you appreciated them.

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    Diane

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Marcia R

    April 18, 2014

    Adorable! Nice job, Faith!

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    Dana Henry

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Mair Dyer

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Julie Beard

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 18, 2014

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

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    Cindy

    April 18, 2014

    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

    April 19, 2014

    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

    April 19, 2014

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

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    Gertie

    April 19, 2014

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

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    Kari

    April 19, 2014

    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

    April 20, 2014

    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.

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    Rebecca Grace

    April 20, 2014

    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!

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    Amanda

    April 22, 2014

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

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    Christy

    April 22, 2014

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

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    Lorna McMahon

    April 24, 2014

    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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