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More spring dress/skirt ideas…….Jumbo Ric-Rac

The spring bug has hit me.
(Have I told you that Spring is my favorite time of year?  Not autumn.  Not summer.  But spring.
And anyone who knocks on my door with tulips…… my instant best friend.)
For spring, I just want light and airy and sweet and cheery.
All week long.
Every day.
Not just special occasions.
I found some darling jumbo ric-rac over at Ribbon Retreat +Fabric (found it here)…….and had to have it.
Right away, I used it to add more spring to the girls’ wardrobe.
Absolutely. Adore. That. Ric-Rac.
(I know, the white isn’t an every day play-clothes color…… these will be saved for special days.)
There’s something about that jumbo ric-rac on that bright white fabric that wins me over.  Ahhh.
I made the skirt just like the adult version of the Lily skirt pattern found in my shop, here.  Even little girls appreciate that nice and cozy smocked waistband.
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And in our house……….the more twirl, the better.
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In case you’re wanting a child version of the Lily Skirt: I made the width of the skirt 3 times as wide as my daughter’s waist.  I wanted it fuller than my ‘ol 2 times as wide general skirt making rule.  But you can make it as full or flat as you’d like.  Since her waist is 20 inches, I made my white piece of fabric 60 inches wide (or 2 pieces that are 30 inches wide)………and then made it about 14 inches tall (that included the seam allowance).  Also, I didn’t make as many rows of smocking.  But everything else is the same as the pattern from my shop.
And the little dress was made with the Maddy Dress pattern found in my shop, here
(I just skipped the bottom ruffle from the pattern and extended the length of the dress a few inches.)
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(The bow is from this tutorial.)
The girls showing off their spring smiles.
(It’s still weird to say that I have girls…….like, plural. Not just one anymore. Two. So weird.)
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Everything is more cheery and alive with spring around.
(yeah, that scrumply face is a smile…..not discomfort. i could eat her up.)
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To attach the ric-rac (that I purchased here), you can pin it down and then sew along each side of the ric-rac……..or take a short cut like I did and sew a big zig-zag line down the center of the ric-rac.
(It seems to stay flat just fine…..but we’ll see how it goes with washing and more wear.  I may sew down each side later on.)
And you can use this ric-rac with printed fabrics, solid colored fabrics…….anything.  I just had a vision of bright white cotton…….with some huge ric-rac trim along the bottom.
Love it.
And love these two little beauties as well.

Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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