Thursday, March 28, 2013

All Buttoned Up :)

With Easter quickly approaching
I couldn't resist making dresses for my little granddaughters :)
I used "Fly a Kite" by October Afternoon
in mint green  for Evie
and "The Simple Life" by Riley Blake
 in pink for Sofie.

A while back I found this adorable old pattern at a Thrift store
for 50 cents and checked through the pieces to make sure 
it was complete.
It's McCalls 8191, probably from the 80's.

Someone had already used it before
and circled the size 4 on the outside of the envelope.
I started cutting everything out
and when I got to the collar piece,
(which of course was the LAST thing I cut)
I realized that who ever used this pattern
only needed the size 4
so she threw away the size 2 and 3 collar pieces.
All the other pattern pieces were multiple sizes
so I had no problems there.
I used my printer to shrink it by 15 %
as was able to make it work.
I love using old patterns
and making them current by using modern fabrics.
With children's clothes its easy to do.

And last but not least,
I decided to use covered buttons.
With the Dritz kit it's super easy to do
and having matching buttons gives the dress
such a custom look that I just love!

It only takes a few minutes to do 
and it's really fun!
If you've never tried it
I highly recommend you do!
You can buy the kit in the size you need
and it comes with the buttons as well.
If you need additional buttons
you just buy the refill.
The button kit was $2.99
and the refill was $1.99.
Much cheaper than buying fancy buttons.

Cuteness all buttoned up :)


  1. Totally too cute! I am 'sew' glad you were able to make the collar work. I cannot wait to start using covered buttons :-)! I think that I will try to make a few for the tea wallets that I am making for our aunt.

    Nice job Obi Wan :-)!

  2. Golly they are soooo cute. I admire your attention to detail, getting that clothes line to line up across the top! Very clever . Bet your granddaughters will just love them


  3. Your two little dresses are the cutest I have ever seen!! Adorable!!

  4. You make me wish my baby girls were one and two again instead of 29 and 30! Your dresses are adorable.

  5. They are so darling! I'll need to learn how to sew dresses one of these days. =)

  6. What cute little dresses! I can't wait to see the girls all dressed up in them. I love covered buttons! and I still have my kit from 8th grade Home Ec class! Guess I should drag it out.

  7. Absolutely darling! Isn't sewing for these girlies fun? I love it

  8. Darling!!!! I love the gingham with the pink.

  9. OH MY Gosh! I love, love, love, the dresses!
    Thanks for popping in over at my blog for the HOP.
    I've added you to my reader BlogLovin and can follow all your wonderful projects WooHoo!
    Happy Stitching/Sewing...Hugs,

  10. ohh lordy lord...Karen, these wee tot dresses are perfect...I noted how you matched the design very sweet....

  11. p.s Karen I thought that pattern looked familiar..I have it....I made a couple dresses no sleeve for my wee ones years ago...I am going make another...thanks for the inspiration

  12. These dresses are so divine. Just perfection!