One of my absolute favorite things to sew is dresses. I love seeing a piece of fabric and a pattern and envisioning of what it can become. I love the wide range of individualization that goes into each dress. There are so many options that change the style of the dress, even just by adding the smallest detail.
Meet Rosalie, my daughter's dress. After a few nights of sewing and designing, I have become very attached.
This is all where Rosalie began. I purchased this pattern at a 99 cent pattern sale knowing that it could become something great. Then saw this darling Down East dress that I fell in love with. When I saw the fabric on the shelf at the local fabric store, I couldn't wait to get started!
There are so many darling dress patterns out there that wonderful bloggers have put together. I stock pile them in a Word file. Some I have tried, and others I am waiting until I find just the right material. Here are a handful of my favorites.
Crafiness is not Optional, Dana Made , Craftiness is Not An Optional, The Cottage Home, The Train to Crazy, Schwin & Shwin, Made By Rae
I do need to note that dresses are a wonderful gift for a baby shower or Birthday. If you don't have a girl to sew for, keep this in mind. Every Mom I have talked to say they purchase all their girl's dresses. Not many new Moms get them for baby showers, and down the road they may see just a few from Grandma for Easter. A dress makes a wonderful gift, and every mother with a girl would thank you.