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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

Owner at Make It & Love It
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 my 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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  1. Mia Ethan says:

    Beautiful babes. Very cute smile. Both ric rac decor was awesome

  2. Katie says:

    Ive noticed in a few of your pictures the bows or flowers on babies head are small and not on a headband or clip but somehow stuck in here hair…..I hope that made sense! I have a little girl with very litttle hair, how are you making these bows/flowers stay in?

    1. Ashley says:

      I explain more about that here:

      Hope that helps!

  3. Angela says:

    Sooooo adorable!!

  4. Lynette says:

    Hmmm….I just bought your pattern and am loving the embellishing ideas. I can’t wait to make my first one with no extras, and then bring on the variations baby! Even though I’ll be wearing the same skirt every week, nobody will know it because I can add different things to each of them.

  5. RachellaBella says:

    So Cute are those dresses — I LOVE ric-rac too! Your girls are gorgeous! (and I so enjoy your blog — thank you!)

  6. Rachelle says:

    Love it! That ric-rac is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Parkinson Family says:

    Thanks Ash! I used glue with Kayli so I don't think you're crazy:) I'll have to try it again with Kinley. I've just been doing headbands, but those single bows just look so precious on your sweetheart. Love ya!

  8. carol says:

    This has got to be one of the cutest ideas I've ever seen! You look like you are having so much fun with your girls! Enjoy!

  9. Valery (CEO Wanna Be) says:

    I have given you the Versatile Blogger Award please come by and get your award.

  10. Mrs. Rogers says:

    Great idea…cute, classic AND so easy to match to anything you need at the moment. LOVE IT! My problem with ric-rac is it curls up after washing…maybe it only happens to me. Thinking aloud here but maybe running two lines of stitching on top and bottom would prevent that…again, maybe the problem is me and not the ric race, lol!

  11. Ally's Threads says:

    Very cute! I went through a phase where I put large ric rac on the hem of my skirts- I ove that stuff!!

  12. Pam says:

    Very cute. I like against the white too. So crisp for spring and summer.

  13. PearlsForMyGirls says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Thanks for the idea! Is it just a single layer of white cotton? For my girls, I might need to make some white panty covers… :)

  14. Beansieleigh says:

    Oh my gosh, what a sweet and adorable post!.. And oh yes, LOVE that rick-rack!! I have NEVER seen it THAT big before, and I LOVE it! Happy Holiday wishes to you this Easter weekend! ~tina

  15. bethanndodd says:

    Adorable…the outfits and the girls!

  16. Laura says:

    So fresh! I love the photo with your girls gazing at each other!

  17. by night says:

    that ric rac is just awesome! and that dress and skirt are adorable!

  18. Cherie says:

    I think that little baby bottom needs an orange diaper cover (with white ruffles) to go with the dress! Very cute dresses.

  19. Danielle says:

    I love the matching dresses. They compliment each-other so well. What beautiful girls you have:>

  20. Megan says:

    I LOOOOVE the dresses! They are perfect for spring/summer and super cute -as are your models!

    I too am wondering how you manage to get all these amazing projects done with little kids around -I have 3 and it seems like I rarely have the time (or energy) to do all the projects I want to try.

  21. Jenny Bunny says:

    That is just too cute! I love ric-rac too!

  22. Katie says:

    Eeeee! So cute! I love the fun color and clean design. And who can resist that adorable newborn? :)

  23. maggielucia says:

    I am a big fan and follow your blog make the sweetest stuff…honestly and your girls are adorable.thanks for all the sharing for those of us less ambitious…

  24. Lizzy's Nina says:

    Love it! Too cute!!

  25. Ashley says:

    Deelo Family – It's the Jumbo sized Ric-Rac.

    Dacia – Thanks for those links. I especially love the first one…..too cool!

    Parkinson Family (Crystal….heey!!) – You can use KY Jelly or Karo syrup or white glue. I think the white glue works best (Elmer's school glue, non- toxic, water soluble)….but some think I'm crazy for using it. But that's okay!! ;)

  26. Michele says:

    Eek! The cuteness overload! In a great way, of course! Love the jumbo ric-rac. Those girlies are so sweet and cute. How do you stand it?!

  27. Morgan says:

    So adorable! I love the little dress! I need to make one for my daughter. Great job!

  28. Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    I think it is safe to assume that I did NOT wind up with jumbo rickrack.

    However, I did get 5m of fabric and a bunch of hair accessory making hardware for just $60 so I'm still pretty puh-leased.

  29. Laura says:

    Loving the jumbo ric-rac!

  30. dannyscotland says:

    The skirt and dress are cute, but I have to say, they can't compare to the pictures of your beautiful daughters, especially the last one where they're looking at each other–that is absolutely DARLING.

  31. Kristy says:

    Absolutely adorable!!!

  32. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    Oh my – so gorgeous are those girls!!! The dresses are so cute, but the girls stole the spotlight :)

  33. Nikki says:

    I love this Easter outfits! The color pops so much on the white.

  34. Parkinson Family says:

    How do you get the bows to stay in her hair?

  35. Smriti says:

    You have such adorable girls!! And I too want those white skirts with ric-rac – they look perfect for spring and summer!

  36. Cerise says:

    Love those! And that huge ric rac is awesome!

  37. The Deelo Family says:

    Is the ric rac the jumbo or mega size? Thanks!

  38. Polly @ Helping Little Hands says:

    This is adorable. I've never seen ric rac that big. Love it!

  39. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    so simple so cute!

  40. Tara @ Tara Being Tara says:

    That giant ric rac is too freaking cute! I think they are too sweet to save for special occasions. That's what washing machines are for!! =)

  41. Jennie says:

    Aww, wow, so adorable! And I'm impressed that you're able to get all this done too! :)

    I know what you mean about saying "girlS" now. We had our 3rd baby last month, after already having a girl and a boy. So now we have two boys and I still feel weird saying "boyS". :P

  42. Eric and Danielle says:

    Love your older daughter's hair. Any tips on how to get that look?

  43. Goings on at the Glenn's says:


  44. Shonni says:

    Those are cute…the dresses too!! Ha-ha. I’m getting inspired for dresses for my sons wedding!!

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  46. Valerie @ {boogaboo} handmade says:

    So adorable! I think I might have to make a skirt or two for myself for spring!

  47. Kristy says:

    Too cute! You always make the cutest stuff. And, PLEASE! Share how you are finding the time to make all these wonderfully adorable things! I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old and things like this are taking me weeks to get done now!

  48. Colette says:

    so cute! I've always loved the extra big ric rac or the extra small.

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