April 7, 2015

I think that I have mentioned before that my daughter is in an only dresses stage. It drives me a bit bonkers, but I am trying to be cool about it. She will still wear some of her pants, like her Hudson Mini pants as long as she can wear a tutu over them. It’s quite a spectacle, but she is 5 so I guess we can roll with it.

I am trying to be smart and only make things for her that I know she will actually wear, which means that there are a lot of little girl dresses and skirts in my future. I decided to start with the Charlie dress by Mingo and Grace because I liked it’s simple lines and modern cut. I also read that it is called the Charlie dress because it’s patterned after the dresses that the little girls would wear on Charlie Brown. The nostalgia in me just made me like this pattern even more.

Let’s talk fabric first. I am obsessed with this fabric. It’s a really soft linen and cotton blend that I bought from It has almost a spongey quality that reminds me a bit of double gauze. I used the blue on this dress, but also bought some of the tan which you will be seeing soon on one of my new patterns as a sample. I am thinking about buying a couple more yards too so I can sew my son up some overalls in them for the summer.

As you can see I played with the stripes a bit to add some interest and I am happy with the way it turned out. I think that this pattern is simple enough that you could get really creative and make up several versions that look completely different from one another. I have plans for a couple more for sure.

The pattern was really easy, although admittedly I didn’t follow the directions at all. I have my own methods that I like for bias facing so I just did it without referring to the instructions.

As for sizing, I knew from reading some other reviews that the bodice tends to fit wide so I went with a size 4 for her even though she almost always wears a size 5. The 4 fits well in the chest and shoulders, although maybe still on the big side a bit. I meant to add length to compensate, but ran out of fabric. I think that the length is great now, but she is growing like a weed so who knows how long it will fit. I will definitely add length to the next version that I sew.

Outfit Details:

Dress : Handmade (Pattern – Charlie Dress, Fabric – Pisa Striped Linen from
Shoes : Saltwater Sandals



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  • Reply Farrah April 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    This looks great Kelli. Thanks for sewing one up.

  • Reply lisa g April 7, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    This is so cute! Turning the stripes on the skirt part totally makes the dress. Love it!

  • Reply Vicki April 7, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    I have blue and white striped linen, and I am totally going to make this dress for me. Super chouette!

  • Reply kristin April 7, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    oh so cute and summery! i love that silhouette and fabric choice. the saltwaters are perfect with it, too.

  • Reply Noelle April 7, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Adorable. I would totally wear that. In fact, I nearly made a malvarosa dress out of striped linen last summer! 🙂

  • Reply liza jane April 7, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    It is so, so adorable! I love the silhouette. And yes, that linen is fantastic. I may have to order some.

  • Reply Meghan April 7, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Oh, I love this – so very cute! I’m going to have to get my hands on the pattern!

  • Reply Sarah April 8, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    I am not sure why I haven’t stumbled across your blog before but it is amazing! Love your contemporary feel… love that you also sew for your kids, yourself AND your husband… what a gem!!

  • Reply sallie April 8, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Oh how adorable!! And this is actually a pretty great, practical looking dress – you know, if you’re only gonna wear dresses (who can blame her), this looks like a pretty great everyday one!

  • Reply Paula April 8, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    I think it’s really cute. Looks comfortable and is good for many different occasions. Very good fabric choice!

  • Reply Susan - aka Knitters-Delight April 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    So cute! I am contemplating making this for my dress-loving 4 year old now.

  • Reply Heather April 8, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Once again I love it!! Such a cute little number and your daughter is so great at modelling too! I want one for myself! (The dress I mean LOL).

  • Reply Ginger April 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Oh my gosh, what an adorable dress!!!!!

  • Reply Lucinda April 15, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    love on some many levels! this is fantastic:)

  • Reply Audrielle April 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Great fabric choice. Looks so comfy

    • Reply True Bias April 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      it really is. i am a sucker for comfy dresses.

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