Kids Clothes Week – Sewing Round Up {Spring}

I started sewing for my children two years ago, and since that time, my machines have accumulated more dust than I’m happy with.  I’m on a quest to create time for things that I enjoy and decided to join in on Elise Marley’s Kids Clothes Week to carve out some serious sewing time.

I decided to start with a simple skirt from cute Japanese fabric that I had in my stash.  When I messed it up (who messes up a skirt? I mean!)  I thought about calling my friend and sewing guru Caroline over at Hungie Gungie.  Feeling like I already bugged her enough this week (with photo texts questioning my fabric’s ugliness factor), I decided to stalk her site instead, in search of her sister Erin’s Vintage Pillow Case Tank Dress Tutorial.  Cutting up a tank and attaching it to the skirt was a perfect and easy solution to my Kids Clothes Week skirt fail.

I decided to call this The Whoopsy Daisy Dress:
I liked it so much that I made another:
And another:

Most importantly the little-big-girl was pleased with squeals of delight.  I believe she likes the mermaid dress (and wand) the most.  The fabric, from Spoonflower, was sitting in my fabric collection for well over a year.  The third Whoopsy Daisy fabric (by Anna Salander) was purchased from Ikea with the intention of making sectional covers. It looked hideous in my living room (whoopsy daisy!).  Although I wasn’t sure how well it would translate into a dress, I’m happy with the outcome (I’m into triangles these days).   I steam-a-seamed an additional triangle onto the tank and zig-zag stitched around it.  I also added a grey pom pom trim because my girl LOVES pom poms.

I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted with visions of (yet unmade) cool shorts for my boy in my head.  We had a bit of a rough week when both bambini’s were admitted to the hospital with severe gastroenteritis.  They had excellent care, quickly recovered as I received a swift dose of mama-gratitude.

I did manage to crank out an Oliver + S Popover Sundress in pretty Amy Butler fabric for one of my new favorite tiny human’s baby Anya.  I met her mama when we were teenage lifeguards and I can’t wait to reunite with her in person someday soon.  I also had the chance to connect with some amazing talent via Instagram and am sure that I will continue to be inspired by their creativity.  I’ve been drooling over the Kids Clothes Week Wrap Up Post and flicker group photos and am determined to dedicate a bit more time to this sewing thing – even when faced with big old whoopsy daisies.


  1. I LOVE these dresses—that's SO impressive!!!!!!! One day I will attempt something like this;)


  2. These are fabulous, Monica!! I'm so jealous. I hope to one day have the time to make beautiful dresses for my girls just like my mom did for me growing up. Great job!

    • My mother was my inspiration too – she used to make me the most amazing clothes. I only wish that I could sew as well as her!

  3. Too too cute! If only I had little girls!! Adorable and great job!!

  4. Stefanie says

    Monica, you are amazing!!! I love the triangle dress and LP looks so beautiful:)

  5. Oh my gosh, they're fantastic! You're very talented. I might have to try one for my little girl.

  6. Seriously, YOU should start a business…start selling your stuff on Etsy!!!

  7. Everyone of them turned out fantastic! Nice work. 🙂

  8. You do everything! I'm SO impressed!! xoxo

  9. Wow – I wish I could sew. These dresses are absolutely fabulous. Truly genius!

  10. wow, i wish i could sew, these are amazing dresses.
    Great job

  11. Wow… So cute..
    My mum used to sew a lot of my clothes when I was little xx

  12. I've always wanted to learn to sew. It's on my bucket list. The dresses are absolutely adorable. Lucia looks pleased with herself. 🙂

  13. The dresses are so cute!! Adorable 🙂
    Bjs, Ana

  14. Those dresses are fantastic!!! The last one is amaizing. I know three TLSF girls that would swoon over those! Great job.

  15. Sarah Beth says

    You are incredibly talented! Stick with it please and share more!

  16. These are absolutely stunning!!! I love love them!!! You need to mass produce these..gorgggg

  17. OMG! You are SUPAH DUPAH talented! I love the last dress with the triangle! You bettah open a boutique ASAP!

  18. Absolutely OUT of this world AMAZING!! Keep at it. You are so talented. Make more and show us what you are creating please.

  19. Cute little girls dresses they look comfortable and she looks like she would love to twirl in each of those dresses. Keep on plugging along. Great Job.

  20. These creations are beautiful. You inspire me to sew.

  21. Rosa Colon says

    That triangle dress!! I love them all but that one

  22. Love the simplicity in the construction of this dress. We could turn these out lickity split! oops, I’m dating myself! I’ll have to make one for my GD. Thanks for sharing!


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