A Dress for Charlotte

Charlotte and Daddy have a big date tomorrow night.  Our local Chic-fil-a is putting on a Daddy/Daughter evening complete with waiters and carriage rides.  Little girl has been looking forward to this special evening for a couple of weeks now.  I set out to make her a special dress for the occasion and I’m so pleased with the results.  I’m on a re-purposing kick so I utilized an old pillow case and a 1970’s valance for this project. It took me just about an hour start to finish.  Not too bad!

Pillow Case and Valance

Everything is cut and ready to go!

All pieces surged and sleeves sewn on

Elastic for the neck

Cutting the "apron" layer

Elastic for the apron layer

The Result!

Perfectly sweet and vintage

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • You are doing so good honey, I wish I could do that. for one thing I don’t have the nerve to do that. I always us a pattern and then its not real good. i love the dress. Tell Calvin I’m sorry. I thought he was planning a cheap date night with you,lol. love you all. gran

  • I’m impressed….and a little jealous. How do you do that without a pattern? I’ve never sewn WITH a pattern. I’ve made a valance for each of the kids and a duvet (twin size) for Elliott. And, we won’t talk about his dust ruffle. I really could use any tips you can share, assuming one day I’ll have time to sew again!

  • cute dress .What are the measurement for the lenght and width of dress? and how did you make the sleeves? what measurement? what size is the dress? I would love to try to make this dress!

    • Joy, the chest is 14 inches across. I not sure what the length is, I used one of her current dresses to do the length. The sleeves are pictured above. 6 inch diagonals, 2 1/2 inches on the short straight part and then eyeball the curves. I serged the edges of the sleeves and turned them under a quarter inch to finish them out. The dress is a 2T.

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