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R dress


if there is an "R" anywhere in sight ruthie will find it. "that my letter!" "R! R!" finding her very own letter makes her hour, and hearing that little voice shout in glee makes mine. 

two years ago (three?) when eve was little(r) i decided it was time to start making the dresses i had floating around in my head. a dress a lot like this was the first thing i made. eve wandered around brooklyn, twirling and showing off her letter E with pride. last year ruthie started trying to wear that dress. she would complain about the E not being her letter. i would complain as i tried to pull the dress closed over ruthie's belly (these littles have such different bodies). . .  no more complaining! out came the muslin, the freezer paper and fabric paint, and yesterday my littlest girl got a dress just right for her. now she can always find her very own letter, even in the off chance that we find ourselves without the signs and graffiti of the city to search. 


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this dress is amazing, especially with the R. I am in the process of sewing my little lady's spring and summer dresses and skirts. I may have to add an E, that would make her day!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

hi katie! i work with chip (was the producer on perdue with him) - i LOVE your site. you are so talented and have the most beautiful children. my husband and i both enjoy your blog!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercrissy cicco

My Harison does that too...every H in the world is his H because it stands for Harison Hall and he knows it. So cute!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnalisa

So glad to see an R dress to match the E we loved so much.
(And yes, man.. your kids are growing up so quickly! When did Ruthie's hair get so long!)

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke

good grief…this dress is so pickin' cute!! and so is ruthie.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermo

so sweet! katie, i don't suppose by chance you have any plans to open an etsy store or something similar to sell some of your kids clothing designs? because i just know you'd have a bunch of readers ready to throw money at you - me included...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

i'm sure the R is what sold ruth, but the buttons down the back are what sold me. and i'm in the group of people who would throw money at you if you sold this kind of stuff.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I agree with belinda and pam. i would be a money thrower. this is so cute.

(and yes, lemon juice is like invisible ink - it shows up when you heat it up. works best over a burner but don't tell your kids that - the sun works too and is a less dangerous option :) )

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

ooh spooky, Lynne. I just made a comment on another blog the other day about how we used to use lemon juice to write secret notes. a lamp will do the trick too

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

I love all the dresses you make for your girls! Have you ever thought of creating a tutorial! I'm so new to sewing and I just love the "two in one" dress that you made a while back. White on top and marigold yellow on the bottom - also used it for the wedding. I would just love a how to, if you ever get the chance or have the time :)

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Katie, Everything you do makes me ask myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Seriously—all your work is just amazing and right up my alley design-wise. Like Ruthie, my Lauren is very excited about identifying “her letter” whenever she sees it. I showed this photo to her and she asked if I could make one for her too. I hope you won’t mind if I copy you! Oh and Lauren also wants to have hair just like Ruthie, too. Hmm…how to make that happen? I would still love to do that trade sometime this spring, if you are interested.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Yes please tutorials for all! How did you start sewing? did you get pattern making instruction? Or do you use a book? Or is it just plain genius! : )
Please share. Fascinated. I have little boys my girl is now going to be 16. I used to make her dresses but alas now she like jeans. Love your site!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTera

The perfect "R" dress. I wish I had an "M" dress!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE sell these dresses and/or do the tutorial everyone's suggesting. I NEEEEED ONE! (Can you hear the whiney voice?) Absolutely fabulous. By the way, I just ordered my new lens!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

lovelovelove everything you make. everything.
i love the pictures of ruthie looking lovingly at her R, and twirling in fresh delight.
i'd probably throw money at you too (if you had an etsy shop!)

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrynne

is this the dress she wouldn't leave alone the other night when we were talking? It is so great, and I too LOVE the buttons down the back

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

Brilliant and adorable. I've been into making "L" clothing for my Lucy. But I've never thought to do it with freezer paper stenciling. I love the simple muslin look with the black. REAL adorable.

I'd lost your blog for a while, so I'm glad I found it again. I find your stuff really inspiring.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdana

love the black buttons

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

Adorable! Those buttons down the back, the color, the shape-- I'm in love with it all. I want one in my size.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaurel

You have the greatest ideas. And I love the pattern on concept of this dress. Will have to copy!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelise

that dress is gorgeous! i would love to frolic around my house in an "r" dress!!!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrubyellen

Love it!! Where do you get the patterns for this stuff? I've gotta learn to sew. This summer is gardening, but then next fall... watch out. Here I come, with a sewing machine!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

beautiful dress
love the buttons down the back

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

My friend's daughter Samara went through an entire bag of skittles pointing out that each one had an S "for Samara" on it.

Love this dress. And your blog!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLashley

a real cutie!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdolores

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