Backyard Sundress in Voile

Hey y’all!

(i looove pretending i have a southern accent even though i’m from up North.  If you know me, you know this much is true.)

Can you believe it’s the end of Summer?  I’m secretly high-fiving myself right now.  I am so excited for my kids to start preschool next week (G-man will be going a couple mornings a week this year along with his big sis)… It’s going to be a blast for them, and a nice break for me.  I’ll get to spend some one-on-one time with my little Coco-bean.  And of course, who doesn’t love the Fall?  Plus, I get to meet a new nephew in November!  Seriously, the Changs have some cute ‘lil babies, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one… So bring on the chill in the air, the soft sweaters, and the crunchy leaves!!!

But NOT before I sneak in one last backyard sundress, okay?

If you are a fabric hoarder like myself, you probably have some AMH  voile in your stash.  I’ve used a bit before (the square dance panel) as pockets for a bag and a skirt for E, but the yellow is a semi-recent purchase from Hawthorne Threads.  I’m so into this fabric, you have no idea.  It’s buttery-soft, lightweight, and easy to sew with.  After living in her pink dress for about 2 weeks straight, she was happy to switch to wearing this one for a couple of weeks.  Straight.  I consider this one a success because there is a hole in it now and i will have to mend it asap so she’ll get off my case already!

Like the last sundress I made, this one came together quickly.  The sleeve edges are left semi-raw: no hem, just zigzag stitched (i used gold thread) just along the edges.  I haven’t had to clip any threads, and the more I wash it the cuter it looks… and it does make it just that more casual which is perfect for a kid in the Summertime.

I love how this fabric just billows out when she rides her bike.  Oh, you’ve never seen a bad-boy tricycle like this before?  That’s for country kids who have gravel driveways and no sidewalks on their streets.  The tires are so hardcore…. She is a beast on this thing.  Best $50 I’ve ever spent.

Get a load of this….

Oh, no I didn’t.


Say hello to my girls’ first (of many? not sure yet) matching outfits!

I might shave Ellery’s head soon so they can really look-alike.  As if!!!

I feel so bad that Grant isn’t a frequent face on this blog… he is the cutest/sweetest/cuddliest boy ever, but i just don’t sew much for him.  So, let me feel better by throwing his face out into cyberland… This picture is his quintessential Summer “look”: hand-me-down pj’s (thanks Jet!), a smile, and the evening sun fading away.

 I could eat that kid up.  This past weekend, he started calling me “Erin”.  “Erin, can I have some juice please?”, “Erin, Ellery’s not sharing!”….Really???


A tutorial for this dress has been lingering for weeks- we actually had a pretty awful and obscure computer virus attack our humble PC right after I made this dress.  And by attack, I mean our screen turned blue and it said “PREPARING TO CRASH” and then turned off…. so we my Mom tried everything under the sun to fix the darn thing, but it was just a huge mess.  I hate you Trojan Horse Patched-302397684asjdfhsjkafhweuifhe or whatever you’re called!!  Anyway, we caved and got a new computer.   And yes, I backed that baby up.  I shall post a tutorial as soon as I can get a few moments alone. 🙂

Then, maybe you can make one before the Summer is REALLY over.


18 thoughts on “Backyard Sundress in Voile

  1. Alright your girls look SO cute in their matching sundresses, and I love those cuddly boys too! My son is a similar little guy and I could eat him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 🙂

  2. Ha ha, you are too much! First of all when you mentioned a nephew this fall, I was like, “wha? Who?” A sign that I have not prepared an ounce for this baby, 2 months away! I was also gonna tell you that pple will want to know where to get that bike– Tractor Supply! All 3 are too cute for words, I love them!

  3. All I can say is CUTE,CUTE,CUTE! I love reading your blog,it reminds me so much of when Emily,Kate,Abby,John,Jake and Otter were little. Enjoy because when they start school time really starts to fly and all of a sudden you’re reading a blog written by young Moms who were your little girls’ friends when they were little! I think of you girls and your Mom and Dad every time I pass your old house on my way to the good ol’ Stop and Shop on Farmington Avenue! xoxo

    1. Valerie, thanks for your nice comment! It’s really nice to hear :). I’m glad to be home with these kids, but it truly is nice to have a hobby/passion such as sewing! Something to look forward to when they nap. IF they nap. How are all of your kids these days? I don’t remember the last time I saw Kate!!!

  4. Say yes to the dress! (the matching ones, of course!) 2 kiddos in preschool and only one by your side for a few hours?!? You’re gonna have to let me know what that’s like! Sounds blissful!

  5. I am a new follower of your blog and I have really been enjoying reading it. I sew alot for my niece and I cant wait for your tutorial on this dress. It is absolutly adorable.

  6. The dress is really cute and the picture of her on bike in that dress is the best ever…..a little envy for the time you´ll be having as your older ones go to kindergarden…my maternity leave ended last week…yes I´m grieving it.

  7. Erin, your dresses are so lovely! Isn’t it cool that your big girl’s homemade frocks can now be passed down? I also love that photo of Ellery on her bike.
    Xo- Monica

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