kcw presents: summer staples

summer staples: dresses

I know we’re excluding the boys with this one, but what would summer be without little girls in cute summer dresses?! When the temperature climbs to 95 degrees (35C), there is no other option but to wear a dress. And they are so much fun to sew! Suz from SewPony makes beautiful and playful dresses for her girls. She made a fantastic, purple jersey one that caught my eye last kcw. Even though it is winter* in Austraiia , she kindly agreed to sew up a summer dress just for kcw.

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*I have to say, their “winter” seems more like a Midwest spring : )

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Hi there! I’m Suz and I blog at Sew Pony. I love making dresses and I have three daughters to sew for (Isabella – almost 5 years, Juliette – 3 years and Emily – 16 months), so making dresses is something I indulge in often, and they are always well worn!

Here is a selection of some of the dresses I have sewn:

The main print in the dress is a mystery print…no name on selvage, although I remember the shopkeeper saying she thought it was Japanese.  I had some leftover after covering my sewing table.  The blue spotted fabric is called Pirate Matey’s by Emily Taylor Design for Riley Blake.

I like how the sleeves are not a separate piece but are incorporated into the top bodice.  I also love the matching notched neckline and pockets.


The back has a simple button and loop closure.


I sewed up the size 5 for Isabella who will be turning 5 in two weeks time and is average height and weight.  I think the dress fits really well – with some room to grow and move so that it will still fit her nicely in our summer.

The dress took me about two hours, although I think it will be quicker next time (I always take longer the first time I use a pattern).  The pattern also offers a shirt version of the dress which is lovely and I will definitely make at some point.

Just a little on the chilly side here for real ice-cream props, so the girls and I had fun assembling paper ones instead…although I’m sure Issie would happily eat an ice-cream in any weather!

Here are some more lovely dresses from fellow bloggers that I love….


Clockwise from top left:

1. embroidered Oliver + S popover sundresses (free pattern)  2. vintage geranium (adapted) for my When We Were Young series  3. village green sundress  4. rollerskate girl 

All images used with permission.


For more dress inspiration, you can check out two pinterest boards:  little girl style and sewing patterns and tutorials.  Also Sew Set has a great selection of girls’ dress patterns – many of which are free.  Fellow Aussie, Max California  has generously collated a huge list of free patterns and tutorials from all over the web. The dress list is here. I hope this post has been useful for those of you who will be sewing up dresses next week!  Thank you so much for having me Meg and Dorie and Happy Sewing everyone!!

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How can you not want to sew up a summer dress after so much inspiration? Thank you so much Suz!

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  • Reply Marta July 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Thank you Suz for featuring my hart garland o+s dresses! You are so sweet!
    I can’t wait to start sewing for this first summer edition of kcw…

  • Reply Sanae July 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    That’s such a fabulous version of the ice cream dress, Suz! Love it!

  • Reply Venus July 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    SO cute! Beautiful as always…

  • Reply Suz July 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for having me!

  • Reply An (StraightGrain) July 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Such a beautiful Ice Cream dress, Suz! And great pictures, as usual 🙂

  • Reply gail July 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Yay Suz!! Love your Ice Cream dress, that pattern is a winner! I’m suddenly in the mood to sew a dress! 🙂

  • Reply Jenya July 12, 2013 at 5:02 am

    What a cute dress. it is simple, and the neckline and pockets make it so fun! At first I thought the ice creams were photo-shopped, until I realised they are cut out of paper!

  • Reply Riti KIDS BEANIE PROP ART&CRAFT August 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Wow loved all ur dresses:) but must say the icecream one is one of my favourite:)

  • Reply Riti KIDS BEANIE PROP ART&CRAFT August 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Wow loved all ur dresses 🙂 but must say the ice cream one is one of my favourite 🙂

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