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Tyler Katelynn’s New Dress

Debbie showed us a little dress she made this past weekend for her grandbaby Tyler, and it. Is. The. Cutest. Thing. We want to share the cuteness, so comment on this post to win a copy of the pattern she used, Claire by Portabello Pixie! We’ll post a winner next Thursday!

I had one of those marathon sewing weekends planned with two major projects to work on. One was a quilt kit for our website that just needed putting together and the other was to make a cute little dress for my granddaughter, Tyler Katelynn. I am going to San Anselmo, CA, to visit her this weekend and just wanted to take a little something to her! You know how Grandmas are; there always needs to be a surprise in the suitcase!

With some help from Jocelyn, I chose the pattern called “Claire” by Portabellopixie! I could not resist that darling little girl pictured on the cover, and the dress she is modeling is just what I had in mind. It also helped that Sandi Henderson, the pattern designer, sized this pattern for little girls from 6-12 months up to size 8. Tyler Katelynn could virtually have this dress in different fabrics until she reaches size 8! I also loved that I had four different choices of styles in which to make this little dress; short, long, with or without sleeves, and with or without an apron. So many choices; which one to choose this time around?

Then there was the decision of fabrics! The possibilities were endless and I could have dwelled on that decision forever! You know the saying, “So many fabrics and so little time”? Well, that was me! One collection that recently caught my eye is from Riley Blake Designs, a new manufacturer to the Fat Quarter Shop. It’s called Just Dreamy! And believe me, it is just dreamy!

For the bodice, I used the Pink Tone on Tone (C7005-PINK), for the sleeves the Pink Small Floral (C7004-PINK). The skirt is the Rose Medium Floral (C7008-ROSE), and the apron is the Cream Tone on Tone (C7005-CREAM). The skirt and apron bands are the Pink Stripe (C7003-PINK). The yo-yo flowers I made with the extra fabric, and the leaves from my Lake House stash.

I started working on this project early Saturday morning with the intent of just getting it cut out… then I thought, well I’ll just put the bodice together and see how it looks… then it was, I’ll just work on the apron and make those cute little yo-yo flowers with rick-rack stems… then I’ll just gather together the skirt and apron and attach it to the bodice… Before I knew it, it was early afternoon and the dress was almost completely finished! I could not stop working on this project. The instructions were easy to follow and it was a breeze to put together! I kept thinking of the endless possibilities of fabrics and styles, and my mind was racing way ahead of my sewing capability!

Anyway, Tyler Katelynn will get this dress on Friday, and I hope it fits! I haven’t seen her since March, but her mom reassured me that one of the size options would work for her little body! I’ll definitely be bringing back photos of her in the dress, and I’m sure you will get to see those! So stay tuned!

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  1. I keep coming back to these patterns, but have yet to try them. They're sooooo cute! Debbie did a great job on this one.

  2. I love making dresses for my little girl. The Claire dress that you made is sooooooo cute! I would love to duplicate it.

  3. Oh I just love,love this adorable little dress! 😛 It would be perfect for any little girlie girl 😉
    Hope to win the pattern so I can make it!
    leshabbychic AT gmail.com

  4. I love that fact that the pattern works with a wide range of girls with lots of mix and match possibilities. Very cute fabric choices.

  5. Adorable dress! I'm sure Tyler will look cute as a button in it! I would love to get one of Sandi's patterns – I drool over them often! Thanks for the chance!

  6. The dress is darling! Your granddaughter will be so cute in it – I can't wait to see pictures. I love the fabrics you chose and would love to win the pattern.

  7. I love it! I also love knowing that the pattern goes up to size 8 as I have trouble finding little girl patterns that go up that high. Love the color choices and apron design. Can't wait to see your darling in her dress from Grandma!

  8. Oh my goodness! I love this pattern! You did a fabulous job! I have 2 little girls and would love to make this for them! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  9. What an adorable dress and fabric! I never had girls so now that I have a granddaughter I am eager to sew for her! I would love to make this dress for her!

  10. I love her patterns and especially this one!! Yours turned out so cute and love how you did the stripes on the bias!


  11. I just made my girls dresses out of that fabric……but not that pattern! I have been wanting it though. SO fun. The dress is gorgeous!

  12. Thanks for the contest! This dress is just adorable!! I would love to make it for my little girl. What a lovely combination of fabrics she used. I just adore the colours, this strawberry pink is the best.


  13. Adorable! I'm expecting my first girl in a couple of months. I love that there's such a range of sizes in the pattern!

  14. ohwhat a darling little dress! I had never seen these patterns until this blog,ooh I would love to make one of these for my daughter:) Thanks for such a great blog and giveaway!

  15. Absolutely adorable…..the only thing that would make it cuter would be to be modeled by my granddaughter, Keely!!!! What fun it would be to make it for her.
    Love the yo-yo flowers.

  16. This is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! What a lucky little girl to have such a lovely and special little dress obviously made with such love and thought!

    Can't wait to see pictures of her in it!

  17. That dress is TOO CUTE! I have two adorable granddaughters who would look darling in that dress, so along with all the other grandmothers, I need that pattern!

  18. That neckline is so adorable. Love the yo-yos, too. There are a couple of little girls that would be very happy if I won the pattern!

  19. Another toooo cute pattern from Portobello Pixie. I have so much fun making cute things for my little grand niece. It's practice for my yet to be granddaughter! I'd use this pattern for sure!

  20. Love the Portabello Pixie patterns and this Just Dreamy fabric line is "way too cute". I can visualize my darling Chloe Jane wearing it!

  21. This is adorable! I'd love to make a couple for my little niece :D! I love fabric too. (maybe to much, nah that's not possible)

  22. YOUR COLOR combination is quite inspiring;also good to know a project could be complete so quickly. Thanks for telling us that "Claire" includes a size 8…I have a darling granddaughter that I can use the pattern for!

  23. What can I say…simply delicious…what little girl wouldn't love wearing this. Excellent job…BTW where did you "made by grandma" label. So cute!

  24. My daughter Claire has outgrown size 8 however, my niece Charlotte would look adorable in size 24 months. Thanks for giving us a preview of the pattern…..and a look at one way to use the Just Dreamy fabric line. This dress just makes my heart smile!

  25. Adorable. Thanks for giving us a early look at the pattern. I love the choice of fabric.
    Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  26. I remember wonderful dresses for my two sisters & myself from the 1950's. This child's dress pattern & fabric unlocked a wonderful memory from my Grammie Esther and Mother, Harriette from Spokane, WA

  27. Oh my goodness! That is the cutest dress. I have four grand-daughters that would look fabulous in that dress.

  28. I love this. You have such great ideas which is why I always read your blogs first. OK so I'm addicted – it could be something worse he he.