Saturday, August 25, 2012

family reunion dress

My husband has fond memories of his Mom sewing some of the clothes that he wore to elementary school.  In honor of that, I thought it might be a fun tradition to make the outfit that my kids wear to the first day of school each year.  My daughter starts pre-k on Monday (through part of the wonderful LAUSD SRLDP program) so I spent the last few days working on this little dress.

I let her pick out the fabric and I made sure to pick out a pattern (Oliver + s family reunion dress) that wasn't too hard so I didn't totally screw it up.  While I enjoy quilting, I do not enjoy sewing clothes, but it was a fun activity for my daughter and I to do together.  We spent an hour or so for the past few days while my 2 year old was napping and she sat at the kitchen table with me while we worked on the dress.

I had Harper try the dress on today to make sure that it fit.  She was excited to also try on her new school shoes.
family reunion dress
Harper picked the fabric, which is a Lisette fabric from Joann's.  It's really cute, but it wouldn't have been my first choice because it is very light weight and a little see through, so she is going to wear leggings and a tank top underneath.  
family reunion dress back
This was a great pattern for me because it isn't very difficult and there was a sew along last year which had lots of helpful tips and photos.  I will definitely be making another one of these in the future.
family reunion dress

6 comments :

  1. Very adorable. She looks like a little model!

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  3. She certainly thinks that she is.

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  4. What a great way to prepare for the beginning of school. I love this dress pattern and used the sew along, too. I hope your daughter has a wonderful school experience this year.

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  5. So cute! And it's great that you are carrying on with Doris' fine tradition!

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