Hello to you!
Gosh, I’ve been so busy since the beginning of the year….and preparing for the Marshmallow’s (nickname for my daughter)  second birthday! I wanted to create as many things as I could for her…and if you are following me on Facebook or Instagram,  you know all about her first dress (found here), and how I wasn’t satisfied so I made her a second dress (found here), her pillowcase present (found here), and her special Care Bear friend Twinkers (found here).

I was inspired to make a little floral dress (found here) for a customer of mine when she told me she and her husband were expecting a baby girl and it made me realize Spring was just around the corner. Coincidentally my new niece’s baby shower is in two weeks, (p.s. I am so excited to be an AUNTY!!!) so I decided something springy would be perfect for the occasion.

I had the perfect fabric in mind too!! I am absolutely in love with this floral vintage print from Michael Miller that I snagged when Fabric.com was having one of their awesome sales.  (You can find the exact print here).  I adore just about everything from Michael Miller. My only regret was purchasing just one yard so I knew I had to pick a very simple style.


I went with McCall’s M6058 – its the classic pillow case dress ( purchased here).   I went with Option A minus the underpants – (but now that I think about it, I may have just enough left over to make her one!)


After cutting the pattern, serging the edges and stitching the front and back together, I realized I wasn’t a fan of the bulky scrunched up front, so instead I decided to make a pleat that would give her a more flat looking front.


I also wanted to make it a little more fun by fashioning the bow the the back, so I cut a half circle on the top off the back allowing both ends of the strap to come through.  Then I binded the armholes and the back cut out with some bias tape that luckily I had in my stash already.


And as you all know, I’m a trim addict, I LOVE TRIMS!!! So needless to say, I added some. I was lucky enough to come across this adorable crochet trim at a yard sale (woohooo lucky me!) and I snatched it all up! I think it adds a little romantic, softness to the dress.


I also wanted the a nice big bow at the back, so I eyeballed a strap measurement that would allow some classy length and thickness, but that wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

And here’s the finished dress:


And this post wouldn’t be complete without some action shots of my wee spirited one right?! Here she is :trimonabbie

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Thank you for stopping bye! I promise to try and update the blog regularly! (ha!ha! I know I said that before) Talk to you soon!!!

XOXOXO – Candice



11 Comments on SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!!

  1. gwenneth
    November 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm (8 months ago)

    Was wondering how wide did you make the tie for the casing as I like the wider width Thanks

  2. Patti
    April 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm (1 year ago)

    This is a wonderful option to a simple dress. Our sit & sew group is doing a retreat in May. We have been asked to bring a little “kit” for each person to make and take. I was going to bring pillow case dress kits for them to make and then we’ll donate them to Nancy Zieman’s charity for little girls in Africa. I love the added charm of the bow. Thanks to you, 13 (or more) little girls will be getting special dresses with bows! Stitch on!

    • Candice Ayala
      April 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm (1 year ago)

      This is wonderful Patti! =) Thank you for sharing!

  3. Lisa N Gregory
    April 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Even though this pattern is discontinued, I found it on Ebay for a couple of bucks. Thank you for the details on how you made your own finishing touches to this adorable pillowcase style dress. It is really beautiful!!!

    • Candice Ayala
      April 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm (1 year ago)

      Yay! Glad you were able to find it Lisa!! =)

  4. Tammy
    March 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

    I LOVE this!! I love the way you changed it up and I love your fabrics and trim. This is adorable!

  5. Trudy
    March 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love the pleat! I never thought of that. I’ve made countless pillowcase dresses, and sometimes I just didn’t like the bulky look at the neckline of the dress.

    Thank you for this idea!

    • Candice Ayala
      March 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Yay! glad you could find it helpful! =)

  6. Laura
    April 23, 2016 at 2:59 am (2 years ago)

    What type of fabric is the bow?..

    • Candice Ayala
      April 23, 2016 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Laura, its a really soft and fluid rayon mix. I got it from the Loft at Michael Levines Inc.


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