Hot! The “No that’s not for you” dress

Let me start this post at the beginning by telling all of you that I was not excited when I saw that the color red was this weeks theme.  You see as much as I love pink I really only wear red a few times a year going into Christmas.  Things didn’t get much better when I went to look at my stash.  I had exactly two pieces of predominantly red fabric.  One was red dotted minky.  The other was a Chez Ami kid’s Christmas print.

As I’m sure you can imagine I did perk up a bit when I realized that I simply had to buy new fabric.  One of the reasons I’m not a big red fan is that it usually seems harsh to me so I set out to find something that still felt feminine and sweet.  I went to my favorite local store during their inventory reduction sale and scored this beautiful Little Folks Voile for 40% off if I bought the rest of the bolt.  Twist my arm really?  This meant I had almost 4 yards making it a great opportunity to try the Colette Licorice dress.  Fast forward till I have the fabric all laid out on the living room floor for cutting when a sweet little voice says “Mommy is that for me?”.  “Well, no little girl I did not buy nearly 4 yards of nice fabric for you its for me”.  I know mean mommy.  She wants all my pretty fabric though.  Lucky for her the layout went well and I had just enough left over fabric to make her this cute little peasant dress with a sash.  I was careful though.  I didn’t cut her’s out until my dress was finished just in case I needed to re-cut something.

Now the only real problem is that she and I have different opinions about how we should handle having matching dresses.  She thinks we should always wear them at the same time.  In contrast I’d prefer to almost never wear them at the same time.


The Facts
Fabric:  3 and 3/4 yards of Little Folks Voile on sale for 40% off about $22

Pattern:  My dress is  Colette Licorice without the belt.   Emily’s dress is adapted from the peasant dress pattern in Little Girls Big Style.

Year: ⁃ modern

Notions: ⁃ invisible zipper, elastic thread, elastic

Time to complete: Mine took about a week but I sew at most 2 hours a night.  Her’s took about 3 hours mostly because I modified the waist a bit.

First worn: For these pictures.

Wear again? Totally, probably together at least a few times.

Total price:  The fabric was $22 everything else had already made its way to my stash one way or another.



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Hi!
    I love, love, love your matching mother daughter dresses! The fabric is really lovely too. I feel happy looking at your pictures.

  2. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile. Your version is adorable. Your daughter’s dress is cute too.

  3. Great use of the fabric – although I’m with you on the ‘wearing at the same time’. Still, you’ve got to love a child who willing wears what you make. Emily’s a cutie!

  4. So sweet. If I had a little girl I would want us to dress like one another all the time. That must be why I have two boys – I am too embrassing!

  5. Love the dresses and the smiles. She loves her dress. I remember being the kid asking and nudging my mother.

  6. Your licorice looks delightful, and I think it’s really cute how you two match!

  7. I’m with Emily – matching dresses all the way. I am so glad to see the Licorice made up in a pattern, it looks lovely. Great job! (I like your cutting out tip too, I’ll remember that when my little girl wants a matching dress…)

  8. I love your dresses and think they look cute worn together – and maybe you should make the most of it because my girls are a bit older now and would be horrified if I suggested us wearing the same things together!! lovely photos too

  9. I love the fabric and I love the pattern. Putting them together: lovely to the 9th power! I love how your little girl is imitating you — or is seeming to — in the first photo. I also love your (sort of) matching purples!!!

  10. Very cute and love the matching footwear too!

  11. You gals are too cute! Don’t be afraid of the mother daughter matchy-matchy style. You can really only pull it off when she’s young… and she still wants to look just like you!

  12. Thanks so much ladies and don’t worry we will wear them together sometimes. She is just in a phase where she would like to dress us both everyday and sometimes I could do without that.

  13. So pretty and so flattering for both of you. I love being able to make things for my daughter and I love that she gets excited about it. Isn’t it fun! I love AMH voile and I’m so glad to see that it serves this dress well. I’m thinking about using if for the Truffle myself.

  14. So pretty! I love it when people make matching dresses. I really like the neckline on yours.

  15. OH! I just love this post so much! look how happy she looks! And you both look fantastic! I love your Licorice dress and I’ve been dying to see this pattern all sewn up!

  16. OMG! This is so adorable and the Liquorice looks great on you!

  17. Too cute. Love your Licorice…one of the nicest ones I’ve seen.

  18. so cute I have to get that licorice pattern made!

  19. I absolutely adore your version of the Licorice, and the matching dresses are just too fun!! Super lovely!