Birthday Tulip Dress

What does a mama give her special two year old for her birthday? A dress of course! And one for Baby, too!

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I got brave – I finally conquered knit fabric! I’ve been putting it off for years, for no good reason. I think I’m afraid of it stretching funny and looking bad. But I’d purchased this Michael Miller print on impulse a few months ago and it was begging to be sewn up.

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The perfect pattern for it was the Birthday Party Dress from Lily Bird Studio. I’ve made the dress up twice now, and used elements from it (bodice and sleeves) on a couple other creations since purchasing it a few months ago. The simple pieces lend themselves well to the bold graphic print. I only changed 2 very minor things from the pattern – if you know me, and how I sew, this is absolutely shocking. First was to use 2 pink kam snaps on the back instead of buttons, since the buttonhole on my machine is acting funny and I don’t feel like trying to figure it out. The other was to reduce the fullness of the skirt and bottom ruffle to better work with the knit fabric.

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The bow is fold-over elastic not folded over (lol), stitched into a loop. 1″ wide strips of scrap fabric make the double loop bow. Couldn’t be easier!

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I drafted Baby’s dress using her original jammies and estimating the rest of the shapes. It turned out good enough. It’s completely open on the back and held with velcro – more toddler friendly than snaps.

My only disappointment was it ended up cold at Grace’s birthday party, so her birthday party dress had to be covered up! It was still cute and fantastic, though – she fit the flowers theme perfectly 🙂

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My beautiful 2 year old

My beautiful 2 year old

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3 thoughts on “Birthday Tulip Dress

  1. The dress is adorable and so is Grace! I’m still scared of knit fabric… I’ve used it a few times with so-so results (probably the fault of my ancient sewing machine and not actually the fabric) but I still tend to steer clear of it. Yours looks fantastic though!

  2. I avoided knit fabric for over a year and now I’m loving it. There’s so much more flexibility with it (literally and with pattern choice)! Your darling looks lovely in her birthday dress!!

  3. Why she’s just adorable! I’m with Gillian – I’m still nervous about knit fabric. But you did an amazing job, and a dolly dress to boot! I can’t believe she’s already two.

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