Little Girl Cotton Lace Dress

 childrens cotton lace dress

After using stretch polyester lace a few months ago, I decided to try some cotton lace for a summer dress for Rachel. This fabric is from Mood and has a nice weight to it – not too heavy but substantial enough for a dress. It was very easy to work with and ironed well. Of course, being lace, it needed some type of underlining. I tried it atop lots of different colors and finally chose a dark teal cotton.

childrens cotton lace dress

I chose a simple pattern for this dress in order to show off the lace. I cut a 1/2 for the width and a 1 for the length – just like the last dress I made for her – but it is a little big. Apparently I am still learning toddler sizing.

childrens cotton lace dress

Finding buttons to match this aqua color was just about impossible. I did find some aqua flower buttons that matched but did not want to sew flower buttons over floral lace. Then I had an epiphany and decided to do contrasting brown ones. The ribbon belt brought in more brown and I love the little bow in the front.

childrens cotton lace dress

I sewed all of the underlining to the lace first, then constructed the dress as instructed. Because the collar has 4 layers to it – lace and underlining times two – I left off the interfacing. The hardest part of making clothes for little people is always setting those tiny sleeves into the tiny armholes. It’s not the fabric ease that’s hard for me, it’s getting my machine foot in there. I always get poked with my pins a bunch of times during this step.

childrens cotton lace dress

I really like the peeks of dark fabric that can be seen at the sleeves or hemline when my daughter wears her dress.

childrens cotton lace dress

The inside seam allowances were trimmed to about 3/8″ and finished with the overlocking stitch. When I sewed on the ribbon belt, I used brown thread in the machine and aqua in the bobbin to keep all the inside threads the same color.

childrens cotton lace dress

I used Simplicity 2907. This is a pattern I bought several years ago, then wondered why I’d purchased something so plain. It worked really well for the fabric, though. I doubt I’ll be using it again since the sizing is so loose on her and I’m not in love with any of the other views.

childrens cotton lace dress
Sewing little girl clothing is a little addicting!

Comments


  • Lauren
    May 17, 2013

    SO CUTE!!!!

    The dress is pretty too ;)

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 17, 2013

    Amanda, I love this color combination! It’s adorable with her little tennis shoes too!

  • Meredith P
    May 17, 2013

    Beautiful job as always. She looks so cute in her dress. But its hard to believe that she’s so big already!

    • Amanda S.
      May 17, 2013

      Thanks Meredith! My baby turns 3 at the end of the summer!

  • Kay
    May 17, 2013

    It is adorable, and I love your daughter’s hair!

    • Amanda S.
      May 17, 2013

      Thank you Kay! I hope the curls stick around past her toddlerhood.

  • Marsha Lufkin
    May 17, 2013

    I also sew for children — though not mine. I work with a local neighborhood group and we make clothes for homeless school children in our county. I am also a member of the ASG. I love the fabrics at Mood and hope to buy some soon by mail (I live in Florida!) if I can’t get up there for vacation this year.

  • Sue Griffin
    May 17, 2013

    This is absolutely darling. And, she is a cutie. I am making myself a lace blouse, and underlining it. Thanks for the hints.

  • Lori
    May 17, 2013

    Such a sweet little dress for your precious little girl. Great colors, too.

  • Mel
    May 18, 2013

    Beautiful dress! She’s adorable!

  • oonaballoona
    May 18, 2013

    what a little cutie! i hope you save every beautiful stitch you make her for when she’s older. how awesome.

  • Amanda S.
    May 18, 2013

    Thanks Marci! I do plan to save all the stuff I’ve made for her.

  • Cissie
    May 19, 2013

    What an adorable dress. I love the touches of brown! Very chic for a two year old! I see lots of gorgeous “Mommy Mades” in Rachel’s future. And what a lucky little girl she is!

    • Amanda S.
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks Cissie! She will always be tiny and petite – per her endo dr. – so yes, I plan to make her lots of stuff to fit her tiny frame.

  • Ginger
    May 20, 2013

    How sweet! I really like that color on her (but, to be fair, I’m guessing she looks cute in e v e r y t h i n g)!

  • Carolyn
    May 25, 2013

    What a pretty dress for such a pretty little lady!

  • Amy
    June 3, 2013

    What a cutie! And, that dress! You make perfect garments every time, no fail. I’m always so impressed!