Valentine Anywhere Dress

There are some times of year when it totally makes sense to make clothing for your children that are special. Christmas, weddings, times like those.  Normally I would not make a special outfit for Valentines Day but Ms M is REALLY into pink lately. It’s hard to get fabric approval on anything not pink, much to her mother’s dismay, I might add.  Makes fabric shopping a little more tricky!

I thought it would be fun to do something  for her for Valentine’s Day.  I did not want to go to far over the top and the Anywhere Dress is a good staple and it is designed for knits! (affiliate link)

Valentine's Day Anywhere Dress

I seem to be in a minority, but I love sewing with knits.  They are great in a child’s wardrobe because they wash and wear so easily!

I had this red (close enough to pink for M) micro fleece and I picked up a piece of valentine woven on sale.  I simply freehanded a heart and sewed it to the front of the dress using  a quilting specialty stitch on my machine.heart I think it is cute, and not too over the top that she should be able to wear this until spring.  Just to add a little variety I added a cuff to the end of the sleeve.  The cuff is woven and the dress is knit, so I was careful to cut the cuff the exact width of the bottom of the sleeve.  This gives her plenty of room to get her hand through and not restrict her wrist.

I sewed up a size 3 because M needs the length in the body. We’ve hit that tricky size transition time. Some 3s are huge and other patterns the 2 is tiny! Luckily the Anywhere Dress is a pattern we know so upsizing was safe. (affiliate) dress I have a feeling this will be an ongoing issue with M.  She LOVE’s it and that is what every grandma loves to hear.

I recently made a special St Patty’s Day dress for a friend’s granddaughter,  watch for more on that to come. Do you make outfits for your special little on holidays other than Christmas or family weddings?

Happy Sewing, Donna

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  • Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures February 3, 2014, 12:46 pm

    ‘Absolutely darling! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  • Amy mayen February 3, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Yup, it’s adorable! I think the sleeve cuffs “make” it!!

  • Annie February 3, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Cute! I never thought of mixing knit and woven, interesting!

  • Teresa February 3, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Love it…and I agree with you! I love working with knits. They make such fast and easy sews, and they hold up great under kids wear and tear!

  • Cindy February 3, 2014, 4:20 pm

    It is very cute! Hearts are the one holiday symbol that can definitely be worn at other times. I’m with you…I love working with knits. Good thing too as my kids prefer to wear knit tops vs. woven.

  • MammaNene (@mamma_nene) February 4, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Love-ly!
    When we need a patch, we always go for heart… it’s the best choice! Easy to cut and sew… but with that special quilting stitch is …perfect!
    PS I love sewing with knits me too 🙂
    Thanks for linking up at Do-Tell Tuesday!
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts February 5, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!! and pinned to my features board!
    –Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

  • Ajaire February 11, 2014, 8:17 pm

    A microfleece anywhere dress is an amazing idea. She must be so cozy in it! I do like to make holiday outfits, but subtle enough that they can be worn at other times as well. This dress is just perfect for that.

  • Pam @Threading My Way February 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Most little girls go through a pink stage. Lucky you can still use ‘red’ as ‘pink’. A great little dress that should get lots of use.

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