Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Dresses

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I realized the 4th was on a Sunday this year!  4 little girls were in need of some fun, festive dresses!
But I wanted to come up with something that wouldn't cost a lot of money (after all, I still have a lot of Easter, Christmas, Prom, and Wedding dresses in my future!)

So I went to my box of fabric scraps and old clothes that were crying out for a pick-me-up...
A skirt that won't stay up on Dakota
Overalls that won't stay snapped for Cheyenne & Cassidy
And a shirt that was given to Mommy, but just didn't fit right

For Cassy's dress, I cut off the legs and sewed a piece of the shirt to the bottom
If I have enough scraps left, I am going to sew some ruffles to the bum of a onesie.

For Chey's, I was going to do the same thing, but after cutting out everyone else's dresses, I didn't have a long enough strip.  So I took a white shirt, cut some squares up, sewed the squares with some of the red shirt, and made this:
(Don't tell the other kids, but I think this is my favorite!)

For Charly's, I just took one of her dresses, traced around it, and cut it out.
I free handed the pockets out of the legs from Cassy's overalls.  Those are the snaps from the legs.

I used some fasteners from another pair of well used overalls to make suspenders for Dakota's dress.

What do you think?
I was too excited to wait for the white shirts to be done in the wash, so I will post pictures of them in the dresses later.

Oh!  I almost forgot!  I made my nephew a little bow tie while I was at it!
How cute is that!

Now I just have to make so cute hair pretties to go with them...


  1. Just darling! Thank you so much for linking up to Fabric Fun Thursday. I'd love to see a photo with your children dressed in these cute clothes. You're so smart.

  2. Adorable!! So much fun.

    Andrea @

  3. Holy cow girl. You are super creative.

  4. Oh I adore this project. It is going in my style file for sure!

    Happy 4th of July!

  5. Lucky you, with four little girls to sew for! I had three, ( and three boys!) and I loved to create and sew for all of them. Your dresses are adorable, and I'm sure your girls love them! I'm visiting with uttad, hope you visit me too!

  6. So cute! I love how well those turned out!

  7. How fun! What a great mom you are!

    I love for you to stop by and link up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday. Going on now! :)

  8. Wow! SO creative! I'll bet your kids were so cute in their festive outfits!

  9. Popping in from I Am Momma - Hear me Roar. Those are all cute, I think I like the little boy bow the best!

  10. Hello, I saw you on Momma Refashionsta! great job!! That was fun, wasn't it?
    I think I agree with your favorite!

  11. Way to reuse! I am in awe! I love your motto too! Oh and I made the Spice Mac. Very tasty!