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why not

yes, why not throw a few more dresses and/or skirts in the mix around here? and why not do it in compulsive spurts starting around 9pm at night?


i actually drew up the pattern for these first two dresses a few weeks ago and then immediately went to work making and dip-dyeing the first dress. i love dyeing. especially in a big pot over my stove. with my wooden spoon prodding and pushing the cloth in the steaming opaque water i feel like a happy old village witch. like strega nona. the girls are always so puzzled and a little bit worried when the cooking of their clothes begins, but once it is clear i won't be making them take a bite they cheer and demand frequent proof that colors are changing. i still have several kinks to work out with dyeing, but there will certainly more of it, and soon.


this second dress is such a happy burst of marigold sunshine, both in color and in the fact that i was able to correct the few small problems with the construction. the colors chosen were a second choice from my stash when i realized i was too short on the green i had planned, but eve couldn't be happier- after all, it's yellow (albeit an orangey one) and yellow matches her hair.

i've almost got a completely reversible version worked out, both in wrap-around and regular. i'm fairly certain the skirt will be a happy medium between the full/gathered and the strait. more to come on that progress, especially if this baby stays as cozy in utero as he seems to be currently.


ruthie's skirt came along as an attempt to soften the blow that only eve would be wearing a brand new dress to church on sunday (last minute saturday night sewing didn't allow enough time for a second dress). didn't go over very well. she knows a consolation prize when she sees one and does not appreciate being slighted. she insisted on modeling the sunshine dress for this post and is now feeling a little bit better, although i'm still getting a lot of scowls and the occasional tongue stuck out at me. sweet angel.

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I love love love the second dress!!!!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

they are all beautiful....really...love them all, but that dip dye one, can't help but want it for myself.

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralysha

How I wish that I could fall into a sewing frenzy and make stuff like this- for me!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

I love them. I can't believe you dyed it yourself. You amazing girl you. They really are so cute. And I agree, there can never be too many dresses and skirts for cute little girls. Especially in the Spring and Summer time. They are so much cooler. Good luck talking that little one out into the open. Lizzie didn't want to either, and I remember what a pain that can be in New York!!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

i love the 2nd dress! it's gorgeous, and it'll cheer up and gloomy day of ours. But please katie dearest, post more pictures of the girls. i miss their smiles! :)

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

i am so in love with the orange dress. gorgeous!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Can I get some of those in my size?!!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

so when is your etsy shop opening up? great stuff!

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpam

lol, you haven't seen my reversible skirt yet, but i'm sure your version will turn out. made mine last week, still needs buttons.

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnalisa & Geoff

Katie, they're all adorable, but that second one is to die for! You're too darn talented. :)

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy R.

Katie, these are wonderful! I love the yellow/orange one. How did you learn to draft your own patterns?You are so good at it.

May 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercollins

they are so cute!!!!!!

May 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkosenrufu mama

unbelievably beautiful!!!! i can't believe that you are dying your own fabric. It looks gorgeous, and I LOVE the shapes of those dresses. You are brilliant.

May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

i just discovered your blog and it is a breath of fresh air! I love the girls' dresses, especially the wrap skirts. thanks for keeping your blog "real!"

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTerra

very cute dresses. you are amazing.

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

very cute dresses. you are amazing.

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

very cute dresses. you are amazing.

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I've been lurking around on your blog for awhile now. I am a friend of Tom and Alysha's. I love to keep up with you sewing escapades. Seriously open an etsy shop! I want the pattern for the yellow marigold dress by the way. Your girls are adorable.

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I just love Ruth's reactions to you. It so
clearly takes me back to you as a little
girl... especially the scowl and the tongue!
The picture of that will keep a smile on my
face all day! :) love ya!

May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMom

I have just found these great dresses /thanks to the Makeit blog of rifferaff/.
Very cute and so clever both pattern and dyeing!
I really love the first dress - so simple and beautiful that I would like one for myself.

May 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdomoshar

I love the ombre fabric you made. Brilliant!

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

this marigold dress is super smart. love the patterned skirt, too!

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Katie!! Your clothes are really so cute, you should really sell them or have a shop if you don't already. I got your page off of Brenna's page. I am so glad I found you on here. It has been a really long time.

May 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I just "stumbled" upon your blog from Beachcombers. Love these outfits. If not the dresses themselves, any patterns for sale??

So so cute.

June 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

you don't know me, but i'm brynne's best friend.

i seriously think you should start an etsy shop. your girls' dresses are adorable i wish i could do patterns freeform but sadly i have no received that talent. :(

July 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentererin

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