Aug 11, 2011

Bustles of Love Dress

We celebrated Addie's birthday yesterday...and now I'm exhausted.

Not that putting on a little dinner in her honor is all that tiring, but the dress I rushed to sew (mostly the day of her birthday) wore me right out.

I've had my eye on the Bustle Skirt from Simple Simon & Co. for some time now, and it hit me just days before Addie's birthday that she would love to claim such a ruffly, flouncy skirt as her own.  Her Sunday dress selection for the coming fall and winter was looking a little slim, so I decided to modify the Bustle Skirt into a bustle dress...and it's ridiculously cute.  I'm calling it the Bustles of Love Dress because after lovingly cutting out and sewing on each and every one of those circles, this dress is literally bustling with love!

Are you ready for it?  Brace yourself, cuteness overload ahead...don't say I didn't warn you...

It's flouncy,

it's bouncy

perfect for twirling,

and dancing, and swirling.
And, as you can tell, she just doesn't like it at all!

What I wouldn't have done for a dress like this as a little girl!  

I used a pattern I had in my stash from a couple of years ago and sewed up a simple dress.

I made sure to sew it with a little extra room in it so Addie can wear it through the fall and winter with a shirt and tights.

Inspired by Simple Simon & Co.'s Bustle Skirt I added 158 circles to the skirt of the dress.  Yes, you read that right.  One hundred and fifty eight circles.  Hand cut.  Ouch.  

While the dress was pretty time consuming, it certainly wasn't too difficult.  I'm hoping to make a mini version for Addie's baby doll, Lil' Darlin'.  

And with that, I bid you adieu and wish you each a lovely, lovely weekend!

Be blessed,

I'm Linking Up!


Christina said...

Aww! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

And I am LOVING this dress! It's so precious!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

So cute! I'm super impressed!

My first blog party is going on now until noon tomorrow, and I'd love for you to link this beautiful project up! It's a party specifically for kids and teens crafts and projects, so your idea is perfect! Hope to see you there!


Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Absolutely darling!
I don't think I need to say any more. :) LOVE it.

A Cup of Sparkle said...

ADORABLE!!! I loved the whole outfit. I wonder if that comes in adult size :)


Kimberly said...

That is one of the cutest little dresses I've ever seen! But ouch! on cutting those all out - totally worth it though. :) Love the colors, too.

elizabeth said...

Your dress is darling!!!! Will you add it to the flickr group...I would love to feature it....

Jen said...

Wow! Thank you all so much! I'm linking up, I'm adding to flikr groups, and I'm excited about it all! Thanks for your sweet comments, I love 'em!

Marilyn said...

Happiest Of Birthdays princess.. LOVE it Jen.. She's such a lil ray of sunshine.. So cute.. Hope the family is having tons of fun.. xoxoxo

Melanie said...

Beautiful! As a mom of three boys, and a baby girl, I am loving the flouncy dresses! Beautiful girl, beautiful post! Thanks for posting - saw you on Bear Rabbit Bear.

BeingBrook said...

Super cute! 158?? Oh my heck. Way worth it though because it's adorable!

kasia said...

Wow! So much work but it came out really great!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

that is such a cute dress! I love all these bustle skirts they are so cute!!

I would love for you to come share at my week long blog party, Blog Stalking Thursday!

Jessica Stoker said...

Great idea of adding the skirt to make a dress. I love that skirt and the colors you chose.

found you from a linky party

Lindsay said...

Aw, this is such a pretty skirt--and a gorgeous little girl! You did such a great job!

I would love to have you link this up to my first link party--

Melissa said...

Just toooo cute! Both your happy model and the dress! Nice bright colors too, I really like it! Thanks for sharing!

Alisha said...

SO CUTE! Love the circles as an alternative to ruffles!