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4.28.2010

The Kensington Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.


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This is one of my very favorite dresses. . .
hopefully they are not all becoming a blur to you! ;0)
Sew the dress as directed, stopping after you make your neck and sleeve casings.



Cut one piece of coordinating fabric 2.5" by 5", and two strips 1.5" by 10". (You may want to make them a little smaller for smaller sizes.)




Finish one long edge and the two short edges on the two longer strips. These will be your ruffles. Iron the two short ends under on the main placket piece. Gather the un-finished edges of your ruffles. Now sew the ruffles to the two long edges of your placket piece, right sides together. Fold the seams under and iron. Pin your placket piece to the center of the front of your dress, right below the casing seam. Topstitch the placket into place. Attach your buttons.



Finish the dress as directed.



make it wear it

25 comments:

tong said...

Love the front ruffle panel! They look cute on kids and adults clothes!

Angela C. said...

Love the front ruffle. Thanks for the tutorial!

EHC said...

I love the pink floral fabric on this one. I think the black patent leather boots really make the outfit too!

cmboyd_1999 said...

hehe like the dress LOVE the model lol.

Carolina Girl Designs said...

I love this dress!! To cute.

Peggy said...

Oh how cute! Both the model and the dress!!

Lacey said...

so so cute!!

Jessica said...

I love the ruffle and buttons! Totally adorable!

Tanya said...

Aahhh ... I really like this one!

Meg said...

So cute! Are you going to do a tutorial for that really lovely gray one you did awhile ago with the big ruffle all the way down?

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*Michelle* said...

Cutie patootie!

heather said...

Again, I LOVE this! Simply darling!

Anonymous said...

So adorable! I love the coordinating fabric.

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Jenny said...

love the big ruffle. too cute!

Ana said...

Adorable! Your daughters seem to love having a new dress every day!!
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Emily said...

What gorgeous dresses!!! I especially love the fabric of this one. Thanks for the great tutorial! I have 4 girls (and 4 boys), and the love having me make dresses for them.
emilyclark at wildblue dot net

Jennifer said...

I have made oodles of dress's from this pattern, but I love the little twist! I love it!

LuLu said...

I adore this dress and am making one for each of my nieces!

I'm also following and found you through The Train to Crazy link up!

~Lauri
http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com
l_meinhardt@yahoo.com

FrouFrouBritches said...

soo cute! I love making little peasant dresses. The little ruffle placket is adorableQ!!!

I♥thesecrazykids said...

This is one of the cutest dresses I've ever seen!

Patti said...

Such a cute ruffle! Love it!

Natalie said...

This is just an adorable way to kick it up! I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for the tutorial!

mäusimum said...

Such a cute dress! Really love it.

ange_moore said...

That's very sophistocated. Pink without being pink (if you know what I mean)!

Montrose Lewises said...

i love the boldness!