Sunday, 16 May 2010


First of all a big thank you to all you lovely girls who have signed up for Crafty Sunday, I have put links to the blogs of those involved in my sidebar, (if I have missed anyone off or you would like to join in with us please say)  I am looking forward to popping round to see what you have made...

The favourite thing I have made this week is some gorgeous dresses for my two youngest girls.  I saw the tutorial for this written by Mary-Jane at Sweet Emmelie, she has posted a really well written tutorial which is very clear and easy to follow...

If you have never made a dress before this could be the one for you..

Clemmie asked for a pink dress with flowers, so this Amy Butler Tumbling Roses from her Love range was perfect and I teamed it with a bright cerise pink..

I made the age two dress for Clemmie, I should have made the age three really (after all she will be 3 in September) as the age two is a little short.  However, the other great thing about this dress is that as it is grown out of,  it can become a top worn over little trousers or leggings etc, and could eventually even become a skirt..

Hebe had very particular ideas when it came to the fabric for her dress and chose this fantastic Amy Butler (again) fabric from her Love range..from Saints and Pinners.

I really like the little frill around the top which makes it look so pretty..

I don't know how often they will be worn without a t.shirt under with our English weather though, Hebe kept saying she was freezing when I was taking these photo's....

To make the aged four dress above I used :

1/2 metre of Amy Butler Love Bliss Bouquet - teal  £5.00
1 fat quarter of Love Sunspots - turquoise                £2.50

I did not have enough fabric from the spot fabric fat quarter to make the shoulder ties and had to use a piece of fabric I already had, there was enough when making the age two size, but apart from that I reckon that for less than £8.00 you can have a really lovely one off dress..

My older daughter Freya who is ten has said she would like one to wear over jeans...

So if you only make one Summer dress this year make it this one..


  1. Those dresses are really cute and summery. I love LOVE. Where do you buy it? Do you buy over here or in the US?

  2. Just re-read more slowly and saw you got it from Saints and Pinners!

  3. You can see pictures of my week of crafts by following this link :-

  4. Anonymous16 May, 2010

    Beautiful dresses. I'll be posting my makes later.xx

  5. Hello again, you missed my blog off the links on your sidebar though you do know I'm taking part!!! I'm just going to post now!

  6. Lovely fabric, Saints & Pinners will be at my fair on Saturday. Never can resist buying fabric :)
    I'm just about to do my post, sorry I'm late but I've been working today :(

  7. I'm just wondering what Jack would look like in one as Jess would consider herself far too old to wear such a pretty dress ;)
    They are beautiful, well done!

    Beki xxx

  8. Hi Maria thanks for organising this I am having great fun tonight checking out what we have all done. I love Hebe's dress the spot border makes it, well done. Also want to add what pretty unusual names the girls have xxx

  9. Perfect for a sunny day! I love the 'love sunspots' turquoise fabric... yum

  10. Hiya - Just got your comment about quilting bees. I haven't had much success finding one. The ones that I can see starting on flickr don't sound all that inspiring. I'd definitely be interested in working something up with you but....I'm not very experienced at quilting and checking out the link Lynne sent me for quilting bees was my first foray onto flickr! Just to warn you in advance. What do you think? Juliex

  11. Helllo, I'm just a "newbie", just completed my second post, without a hitch, (phew!!).

    I'd like to share a couple of cards I've recently made...

    Dee xxx

  12. Hi Dee, I tried to leave a comment on your blog but there was no box to leave the verification word in ! Anyway welcome on board to Crafty Sunday, if you pop the Crafty Sunday button on your blog and I will put you blog in the list..

  13. Thank you for such a great post, I'm very honoured and all the dresses look so great!!!

  14. Thank you M-J ! it was your great tutorial..