Friday, March 23, 2012

Circle Neck Dress

So this week I made Mady a dress.

Actually I made her 3 dresses.

And a skirt.

( I'll post pictures as soon as I can coax a smile out of her each time she's wearing these suckers. She is a moody 3 year old after all).

But this dress I made the pattern too. And unlike my last attempt, it actually worked.

You see, I had been looking for ideas for dresses online one night and I kept seeing the ones that have the round neck/straps (where the neckline is part of the straps in kind of a donut shape). And then I got it stuck in my head that this was the style of dress I wanted to make next.

So I looked for a tutorial. I couldn't find one.

I could find patterns I would have to pay for, but I could tell it was literally 4 pieces. Actually 2 pieces cut 2 times. I just didn't want to spend money on a pattern for that. I figured I could do it myself.

So I thought about it and studied pictures and eventually I did figure it out!

And here is the end result:

Cute huh?

I can think of all sorts of ways to make it more fun:
-A contrasting neck piece
-ric rac
-little fabric flower or bows
-ruffles at the bottom (I'm kind of obsessed with ruffles...)
-Ribbon (doesn't ribbon just make everything better?)

Mady's favourite part are the little purple polka dots right here:

I won't tell you how many times I had to rip things out. Logic doesn't always come naturally to my creative brain and I may have assumed that fabric could pass through itself in an attempt to turn it right side out. So that explains why I didn't add the embellishments on this exact dress, but now that I have the pattern, I will be making variations!

I'll get a tutorial to you soon so that you can make your own too.

Edited to add: You can now find the tutorial here.

Linking up to some of the parties in my Place I Like to Party tab.


  1. Well done! It's really sweet, look forward to the tutorial!

  2. Nice job! She is so cute too - the pictures are adorable. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  3. Great job! your daughter and the dress are darling!

  4. So cute. Can't wait for the tutorial!!

  5. That dress is so cute I will be waiting for the tutorial. I don't like buying patterns myself. I am a new follower of your great blog. I hope you can find the time to come check out my little blog too. @ I also host a Sunday link party if you would like to link up. Hope to see you there

  6. What a darling little model you have!! i love the fabric you chose. So perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  7. Melanna, your Mady is so adorable and so is the darling dress you made! Such a pleasure to have you join the party at Rook No. 17! I hope you'll come back and share more of your talent and creativity this coming Tuesday!

    Warmest wishes,


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