Hot! The “Little Girl in Blue” Dress

I don’t know about everyone else but for me one of the challenges when planning Sew Weekly projects is remembering that I’m doing inspired by projects not trying to make direct copies of things.  That was definitely true this week as I am not much of an art connoisseur.  I knew I wanted to do something for Emily this week since spring is breathing down my neck here and she needs almost all new clothes so I did some searches for girls in art.  Boy does that get you some interesting results but in the process I remembered that I really like Norman Rockwell.  I spent a good bit of time perusing his images and notices that number of them feature little girls in blue dresses.

The dress wasn’t too bad to make.  Its from the Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress pattern.  I liked the pattern though I’m not thrilled with the way the neck line goes together.  The fabric and ric-rac were all Christmas gifts so all I had to buy to finish the dress were buttons.

We went on location to a local children’s museum for these pictures so we had an extra good time.  Even though for some reason the butterflies in the butterfly house did not want to come land on something that jumped and squealed every time they came close.  The dress was filthy by the time we left but it was easy to play in and made her easy to spot in a sea of kids in knit separates.

Fabric: 2 yards of blue flowered quilters cotton Christmas gift
Pattern: Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress $16.00
Year: Contemporary
Notions: 7 buttons and a bunch of blue ric-rac
Time to complete: A good 3 nights of evening sewing but I only get an hour or two a night.
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? a mom can hope

Total Cost: ~$18 not counting the fabric and ric rac that were gifts.



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. She is so cute. In the big chair she looks like Aice in Wonderland. The dress is beautiful.

  2. That is so sweet – I love the pintuck and ric-rac details. Isn’t she cute in that big chair!

  3. That is a really sweet little dres, loving the ric rac!

  4. Thanks so much ladies.

    I only wish I had known there would be a big chair then I would have done a full on Alice dress.