Valentines toddler dress: What I’m Makin’ Monday

I’m getting into the groove of making dresses now and wanted to make a cute Valentines toddler dress. This was the first time I put a dress based on a pattern together without reading the directions on the pattern. Following the Playdate Peasant Dress pattern. I’ve used before. Ok, maybe I glanced at it a little. But the point is, I’m getting into a groove.

Valentines toddler dress: What I'm Makin' Monday

A reader asked me if I’m sad that she’ll only get to wear her seasonal dresses a time or two. I am a little sad looking at all of her Christmas dresses and outfits, and Halloween outfits I have piled to the side, but I made most of them big so she can wear them next year, or at least as a top next year.

The reason I’ve only been making holiday outfits so far is because I knew the only way I’d actually sew these things is if I have a deadline. And a holiday is a great sewing deadline. Seasonal fabric is usually on sale too… At least at Hancock it is. About 40-70% off. It’s hit or miss at Hobby Lobby, which is where I got the fabric for this dress.

Now that I’ve made it through three, almost four holidays I’m getting the hang of this.

I bought a ruffler foot and a rolled-hem foot for my new machine and it’s helping so much with these dresses. No more ironing and pinning the tiny hems. Yay!

I wanted to make a cute Valentines Toddler Dress so this was a perfect chance to use my new ruffler and it is so cool, and I’ve learned how to use it (thanks YouTube!) but I’m having a hard time gauging how ruffly to make the ruffles so they fit perfectly on the bottom of the Valentines toddler dress. If anyone knows how to do this without guess and check let me know!

Oh, and I got the hang of shirring with this Valentines toddler dress! It’s gathered at the center of the sleeves and in the middle of the dress.

I didn’t make the bows, she got these over the top Valentines pieces from Izzy Diane’s Boutique and modeled them with the dress for us.

Valentines toddler dress: Top Valentines Pieces

So now that I have this pattern down I want to experiment with other patterns I have, and learn how to follow a tissue paper pattern. They are much less expensive than the Etsy ones and there’s much more variety. My friend Jennie is going to teach me (same friend who helped me with my first ever dress for her in October!). I know some people are good at following tutorials, and I prefer that if they’re easy enough. But if there’s too much math involved (ie: take a third of your child’s weight size, and measure to the knee, then divide that by 1.5…) I get lost. So I prefer to use actual numbers that have been figured out for the specific size I’m making (18 months, 2T… etc).

Many of you have written and said my craftiness is motivating you to give it a try. Let me tell you, if you’re thinking about it… GO FOR IT!

If I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. There’s few things more exciting than having someone rave about the outfit your kid is wearing and complimenting your work. And I think there’s something to be said for learning skills we can pass down to out children. Home economics has all from disappeared!

Valentines toddler dress: Leg warmers
Not to brag or anything but I made the leg warmers too.

As I find easy tutorials and free patterns to attempt I’ll try to keep bringing them to you. If you’re looking for a dress pattern to try that’s not to hard, the one I have linked above in this post (ok here it is again) is a great place to start, and the price was right for me. There are pattern pieces you print out, tape together, then cut around to make your dress pieces. Lots of step-by-step photo directions to follow until you get the hang of it and don’t need the directions at all!

Oh, and side note, I made the leg warmers too… Super easy! I got a two pack of women’s’ Valentines knee-socks at Walmart for $3, cut off the feet, rolled the ends (didn’t even sew them), and TADA! Takes seconds. See… You can do that!


So I hope this was a little bit of eye-candy for today, and a bit of a pep-talk for some sitting on the sidelines waiting for the push to jump into the Domestic Diva game.

Made anything lately?

My craft button.
What I'm Making Monday

(highlight ctl+c)

Suze says:

This dress look absolutely gorgeous… And the girl just makes it adorable 🙂

Veronika says:

She is so cute, Mommy’s little model! 🙂

L210 says:

She looks sooo CUTE!!! I love the dress and hairbows! Good job Jenn!

THE mom says:

I just want to take her off your hands! Like a week or so LOL. I love the bows. I need to learn how to make those exact ones.

The dress is just darling!

~Mrs. Delightful

Erin Marie says:

Love the dress. It looks great.

Jealous! I want both of those feet.

I pick up Simplicity and McCalls patterns at Joanns (or Hancocks) when they are on sale for a dollar. Then, when I want to make my kids an outfit (usually for Easter or something – the deadline trick totally helps me, too), I’ll just flip through my patterns and pick one out.

Shannon says:

Oh so CUTE! The whole outfit just kills me it’s so adorable! And Lil J seems to just love the camera.

I’m knitting baby overalls right now and the motivating factor getting me to work on them is that he grows so darn fast! If I even want to see them on him I have to actually finish them in a timely manner.

Your craft posts definitely motivate me to work on my own porjects. Thanks for posting! I may have something to add next Monday 🙂

YUMMommy says:

Well, my mini sewing machine gave up on me. So, I need to invest in great full-size one. I’d love to make clothes for Moo and JJ. Not to mention sew curtains and stuff for their new rooms when we move. But I’d say you have this sewing thing down!

Keya says:

Awww, I think she is so cute.

Desiree says:

I am so impressed with your sewing skills! One of these days I’m going to attempt more than a straight stitch with my sewing machine!

But the first thing I thought when I saw the hairbows is, “ooohh, she’s gonna get her mama when she’s older for doing this to her!” 🙂

Anxiety and depression is common among hair loss sufferers,
especially those experiencing total baldness. Used in determining menstrual irregularities,
menopause, pituitary problems, suspected gonadal failure and infertility tests.

Testing blood or saliva usually is done in the morning and evening with the normal ranges as noted

Feel free to visit my homepage: Capillus272 low level laser treatment

nose job faq says:

You can go to their websites and look for a
listing for the doctors you are considering.
Is he an active member of a Plastic Surgery Association or Society.
If nothing else, it is more “beach and tan” culture than the West LA So many
people seeking cosmetic surgery and there are many thousands of them who can afford it.

My blog; nose job faq

They want you to come to the salon on a regular basis so they tell you that you need to get a haircut every four to six
weeks, but it’s just a way for them to make more money.
main light based permanent hair removal technique for men. We live in a climate that gets hot and
humid and there are many activities to choose from.

Stop by my webpage :: Capillus272 pittsburgh

This is all good, but in the end only you can make decisions about your kitchen renovation.
When the bathroom walls are crack or have been damaged the sink, the bathroom racks are
no longer helpful it is time to think about bathroom remodeling.
These pieces of real estate are often purchased by individuals as investment properties.

Here is my web-site toilet stoppage pompano beach hotels

Read on to find the vocabulary you will need and links
to sites with house plans. There are some quick and
easy tips that will help avoid a visit from a professional plumber.

a) It is pricey depending on whether you might be employing a DIY system or you’re hiring the services of
a remodeler.

Feel free to visit my homepage: copper repipe pompano beach florida

Bill Murray is a former IRS auditor who can help you with your taxation issues.

In this article I guide the students that how they can pass the exams and how can they get the
certification for the latest knowledge this
certification exam students click at accounting firms uk or visit its Limited company formation in uk its better for your bright future and will helpful to attain the
IT certification for more information touch with me.
Accounts Receivable: The function within an accounting system that manages customers and customer invoices.

Review my page … Boca raton Cpa Firms raton Fl

They want you to come to the salon on a regular basis so they
tell you that you need to get a haircut every four to six weeks, but it’s just a
way for them to make more money. To get hair loss reviews
for both male as well as female hair loss treatments along with extensive advice ensure that you visit is a fellow sufferer of hair loss and
highly recommends the revolutionary Hair – Max Laser Comb to stop thinning hair.
The doctors and the physicians must be experienced and trained in handling the laser instruments.

Feel free to visit my website: laser cap for hair growth reviews

Yet he chose to ask me so many questions about how and why I do things, because he could see the profound insight I
had built up due to going my own way with my own research and
testing over the past 7 years. After users select their avatar they’re transported into their apartment.
If you’re worried about your stored wine going bad in the heat of your boat, you need to invite me over.

My page :: dock Brackets

Warning: Undefined variable $aria_req in /home/customer/www/ on line 36

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget


I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.

follow @jenniferborget on