Here’s my first completed KCW Summer project.
A breezy colorful dress for my littlest gal, Coco.
I realized halfway into sewing this that is the 4th consecutive garment I’ve made with cotton voile. Hmm. Might I be a one-trick pony? Probably… but I love sewing with the stuff! That hashtag up there? Yeah… could not get that out of my head white I was working on this.
Too much Instagramming I guess. 😉
The pattern is one that I drew up last Summer (here and here). I’ve hinted before at a possible tutorial, but every time I make one I change it up a little and still don’t feel like it’s quite perfected!
The voile solids in Mist and Coral are by Free Spirit, that I purchased from Hawthorne Threads– one of my favorite online fabric shops. And the AMH print is one I’ve had for a while… Actually, I kind of hoard it in every colorway, so be prepared to see it again and again. You’ve been warned.
The basic construction of the dress is easy. A long rectangle folded in half for the bodice, A couple of ruffled straps, and a gathered skirt piece.
Since voile is so thin, I decided to line the bodice (that print is one piece of fabric folded over) with a piece of folded over muslin. It made for a nice weight that hopefully will hold up better than the last ones I made which got pretty wrinkly and shifty over time.
Anyway, the straps are two pieces of voile pieced together, then folded and shifted over. I then zig-zag the raw edges, shape them with scissors, and make a little casing for elastic. Pretty easy.
I love the coral peeking out from underneath the print.
I added a couple of paper-thin white buttons that were begging to be used for a sweet dress like this.
And a big vintage coral button to close the back.
So there you have it. One KCW project down. I’ve got a couple of pairs of shorts on my list, but Summertime has been CRAY-to-the-Z around here, we’ll see if I can get around to it. Oh, and they won’t be made with voile.
Not that this face would mind.
p.s. WordPress just wished our blog a Happy 3 year Anniversary… Thank You wordpress. And Thank You lovely readers for visiting, and all you awesome sewing peeps out there for making it fun. :::The Hungie Gungie girls blow you kisses::: #MWA! #sorrylasthashtag
30 thoughts on “#allvoileallthetime”
She is getting so grownsdup!
Lovelovelove! (The auto correct changed that to lovelice — what the?). Such a sweet and summer-perfect dress! And Coco! That girl is going to be a heartbreaker, absolute.
haha…I’ve been auto-corrected with ‘lovelice’ before too! what IS lovelice? -E
My order of voile was sitting on my doorstep today! I’m just making scarves- I’m not nearly as skilled as you!
This is your best one yet! I like the bodice a bit wider I think. The peek of coral is perfect!
thanks Caro! yeah, I love that coral… such a pretty shade.
Who is this big girl?!?
I know. come visit her! -E
It is So pretty! I love the voile with the strips in the middle. So charming.
thanks! it’s a great print to play around with… which I guess is why I hoard it in so many colors. 🙂
this is just gorgeous! those colors make me so happy. and the voile looks so soft and luscious! not to mention coco, of course…what a doll!
thanks gail 🙂 yeah, the colors are so vibrant- really great fabric. -E
It is so pretty Erin and coco looks so sweet!! Happy blog birthday to you and Caroline!
thanks Suz 🙂 -E
Happy three year! This is becoming your signature dress – and voile your signature fabric! Haha. It is basically the best kid garment fabric ever though, so carry on.
I know! I need to go to voile lovers anonymous… i’d probably fall off the wagon quick though. it’s mah fave! 🙂
this is fantastic! Love all the colors, and it looks soo soft. I wish I could get away with wearing a dress like that….so comfy!
I wish I could wear something like this too! 🙂 -E
This is such a pretty dress! And so perfect for summer…the colors are awesome!
Thank You Meghan!
She. Is. Delicious.
she IS! when are you gonna come visit her??
this is so darling! i have that same panel (in a different color) cut for a dress for indigo. i love this so much! how adorable!
Thanks for the comment on my blog! Love your fabric choice for that sweet dress. Cotton voile is a dream to work with.
Beautiful dress! I love the double-layered flutter sleeves, definitely something I would want to try. The colours work beautifully together and your daughter is such a cutie!
i love this, Erin! That voile is just so pretty! And the details are so sweet.
I would LOVE a pattern on this dress! I attempted one last night and while it turned out okay, I’m too much of a beginner to “make” my own pattern. I just love the flowy casual look, plus it makes my little girls (and yours) look so adorable!