The dress evolution

A while ago I came across the cutest fabric from KOKKA. I have a soft spot for border prints, and this one was just the cutest – little animals in school and at the playground. What not to love! Unfortunately, the shop only had a remnant of it left. I snatched it along with half a yard of matching print. Initially I envisioned a very simple dress similar to this one 

made by Amanda over at I thought the dress was cute, and more important fast and easy to make. But when it was done and put on my three year old, it was way too short. I simply didn’t have enough fabric. It had to turn into a skirt with a cute matching top. Except the top and the skirt wouldn’t cooperate and look nice and neat together. So, the project evolved back into a dress. I absolutely love the results.
I used one of the Vogue patterns to make the top. It was supposed to have a collar, but it was omitted since I didn’t have enough fabric to make one.

I especially love cute little buttons in the back; it is probably my favorite feature of the dress. I also thought that Vogue deserves its reputation of “being too hard”. The button closure took me forever to figure out.
I asked Ania, my three year old, to model it for me. She agreed but thought the dress couldn’t be worn by itself, it definitely required at least one accessory.


  1. That dress is darling! I love those buttons!

  2. Oh the dress is absolutely lovely! Great job!

  3. Love it! I love that it looks like separates, but wears with the ease of a dress. Perfect for kids! And your model is darling with her accessory. ;)

  4. I love it! that fabric is gorgeous..and I love the style of the dress..just brilliant! Lisa (aka Dotty Bird via sewhappygeek)

  5. This is adorable! I love the prints on the fabrics, and your design is so neat!


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