Why this is never a waste of time:

I had all the intention of starting this week out with a tutorial, but alas, I was defeated by a cold that has stolen my energy AND my voice. I know I don’t need my voice to write tutorials but I do need to think straight and that I cannot do right now.


So to cheer myself up I’m showing you adorable pictures of my daughter. What could be a better way to start the week?

These photos are proof of my sewing mantra: It is NEVER a waste of time to sew a dress for my little girl.

I spent a lot of time last year making dresses for Abby-girl who will be turning 2 next month (!!!).  The one I’m showing you today was sewn with one of my favorite EVER Alexander Henry prints (out of print now) called Canyon Flutter in red.

I call this her butterfly dress. The bright butterflies make such a beautiful impression on a sunny day.

These are pictures of her wearing it in June of 2011 (last June) when she was 16 months old. I was testing out my own pattern in size 12 to 18 months.

And here are some pictures of Abby just two days ago in the very same dress:

It’s a bit short, granted, and so I had her wear it with a pair of bright blue leggings (which don’t appear in these pictures because she dumped a FULL water-bottle all over them). I wouldn’t have her wear this dress again without pants because I feel it’s getting a bit indecent. 🙂 But it works great as a long shirt over leggings!

Which shows you that my daughter who is two next month is still wearing dresses I made her when she was just over a year old. I think I spent about 2 hours making this dress. A pretty good time investment, if you ask me!

This is one reason I like to make her as many dresses as I possibly can. Sure, I could go buy her a dress for $10 or $12 dollars at Target, but it probably won’t last a full year and the material certainly isn’t of the same quality. Don’t get me wrong–I love Target and I love Target dresses! But I find that I get much more mileage out of my handmade stuff. Plus, in my opinion this dress is on-par with the little girl dresses I see at Nordstroms for $50.

Considering I only spent about $7 on the materials for this dress (1/2 yard of designer cotton fabric, vintage lace straps from my Grandma’s stash, elastic thread) and only 2 hours making it, that’s pretty good!

Minimum input of money and time, maximum output of cuteness and wear-ability.

And that is why it is never a waste of time to sew a dress for a little girl!

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  1. says

    Oh what a perfect way to show off her cuteness! I felt the dress was still perfectly decent, even without the leggings. 🙂 But I understand where you are coming from on that! And Abby looks adorable in leggings with your Caila-made cute-as-ever dresses.