Monday, March 24, 2008

Sweet and Sassy Summer Dresses

I have always wanted to make cute little spring and summer dresses for my girls, but as I lack the ability to read a pattern, my dress making skills are limited.

Naturally, when I found some adorable pre-shirred fabric at the craft store, I jumped for joy. I am all about cheating (Not in school, of course. I cheated on my state capitals test in 5th grade and that was the last cheating I ever did in school. I still feel guilty!). When it comes to shortcuts and tricks to make the job quicker and easier... I'll cheat away!

I just sewed a straight seam up the back, added some coordinating ribbons, rick rack, and buttons for the shoulder straps, made each girl a matching hair bow and... Voila!

The best part is, Gracie has proudly declared several times now that, "Mommy made my dress."

Now if only I can get the girls to sit next to each other and smile for one (just one, thats all I ask!!) nice looking picture.

Oh well. Any crafting mama knows that the crafting is easy. Its the photographing of the children that is the hard part.

I don't know why I even bother trying!!

13 comments:

luv4sams said...

They are adorable - who says you can't sew!

Karen Erickson said...

Very cute! I love the fabric your girls are adorable.

And yes it's impossible to take a picture of siblings together huh? My two youngest are always moving around, they can't stay still. LOL

blazedanielle said...

What adorable little girls!! :) (And the dresses are too!!!) Great job! If I ever do sewing, it is the cheating kind too! :)

Great photos!

Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

The dresses you made are so cute. So are your daughters.
With photos together you should try to have them do peek a boo together and snap when the do the boo. Or have them close their eyes and open when you say a special word or finish 123. That way they will likely be both looking with open eyes at the same time.
Mind you, this does not always work, but sometimes.

Waterrose said...

What cute little girls! And, adorable dresses!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a job you did..The girls look beautiful. They are so cute and must make you a proud mother...

Sandra Evertson said...

These are Fantastic dresses! Oh, and what Beautiful girls!
Sandra Evertson

ThisOldHenHouse said...

oh my goodness those are adorable!!! And the bright summery pattern is great!

Way to go Momma! Your little girls are all ready for the summer now, and their is style!

Adorable!

New England Quilter said...

OMG love the dresses and your little darlings are adorable!!!
What's the capital of NH - it's where I live :)

casserole said...

What cute dresses! And even cuter little models!!

My daughter had a dress like that when she was little. Don't pack the dresses away when they get too short - hold on to them for the next year when they can become little shirts to wear with jeans.

Nikki said...

The dresses are precious! You did a great job.

Janna said...

You have the cutest little girls I've ever seen!! And their dresses are darling too! Okay...here's a trick for you...next time you're in a toy store, buy a silly looking puppet. Don't let the kids see you get it. Whip it out from behind your back when you want them to look at your camera and smile. We got a $5 Elmo puppet once at Walgreen's. Elmo almost always can get a smile. And for my oldest, the never fail trick for a smile that looks real is for me to mimic him when he whines. One day, when I had heard enough of his whining, I was mocking him by imitating his whining. He laughed so hard. From then on, it's my trick to get a smile. I'm secretly jealous of you...I love my 2 boys, but how much fun it would be to buy and make girly stuff!

Cathy said...

oh the girls look absolutely adorable!!! more hidden talent revealed (sewing)!

you know my dramas with trying to take photos of the boys together...

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