Suzanne’s Whimsy Dress



Here is another  outfit my friend Suzanne made for her granddaughter’s kindergarten wardrobe.  Of course, also she made the tights, the fabric flower on the leg,  and the hairbow.  This tall, gorgeous,  little redhead would be a knock out in a gunny sack, but when wearing the sweet things her grandmother has made, she will stop traffic.

There is so much detail and a surprise everywhere you look.  And yet, it is perfectly unified.  The pink gingham  outfit was inspired by Kari Mecca’s  book,  Sewing with Whimsy.


pink gingham top


Suzanne is an avid crocheter and can whip up a flower in a flash.    Notice that the button in each flower’s center is the same.  That gives an element of unity to the varied embellishments.


pink gingham back


Can’t you almost hear that bee buzzing around the flowers?


pink gingham hemline


Suzanne has really mastered bullions which make the worm and the butterflies so dimensional.


pink gingham pocket

I love the little ladybug crawling on the leaf.

On her Brother Quattro, Suzanne outlined the pocket with the entredeux stitch.  A crocheted edging was worked into the holes which were also woven with contrasting floss.    Little girls love pockets, but this one is like a bag in a fairy tale.  Surely her granddaughter will be enchanted with this dress.

You might recall  that Suzanne prohibited me from gushing.  But Dear Readers, you are  exempt from this ban.   What do you think?

10 responses to “Suzanne’s Whimsy Dress

  1. from Sew Forum: Incredibly adorable!! What a lot of loving work went into that. 🙂

  2. Love it! I’m thrilled that my kindergarten-bound granddaughter will be attending a Christian school, however, that means uniforms and fewer opportunities for Nana to clothe her. I’ll just follow here and dream!

  3. Jane, it’s wonderful that your little granddaughter is going to a Christian school, but I know how you feel. When my first granddaughter (4 yo) went to a uniform-required private school I was crushed. But you will see that your little grand can use as many Nana-made pretties as you can make. Church clothes, party dresses, nighties, play-date outfits–so much sewing fun in spite of the uniforms.

  4. Oh to be able crochet! This is adorable. It is hard to look at a Kari Mecca item and not be inspired. It is all in the details and this outfit has them down to a T. So nicely done.

  5. Cheryle, I do so agree. I would love to know how to crochet (beyond the little edgings I make up) and whip up those adorable flowers. Suzanne is willing to teach me if we could just find a time. I’ve put crochet on my bucket list.

  6. It’s really wonderful! I love all the little details. And I know the recipient will love the circle skirt twirly-ness!

  7. Such a stunning outfit! I love the crocheted and embroidered elements. The teachers will be sending that little darling on errands to other teachers and the office just to have them see the pretties she is wearing each day! I know I would be doing that! I have been in the midst of much upheaval and busy-ness. We have been putting in wood flooring in much of the house, having the sunroom ceiling raised and new lighting and fans (and electrical ‘stuff’) put in, walls, ceilings, and woodwork painted, new drapes in the bedroom, etc. My house is a disaster but will look so much better when it is all completed. I continued to sew until this past week when my tiny sewing room was ‘attacked’ by the contractors. I hope to go through all your wonderful posts and ‘catch up’ when we go to Orlando for a little vacation soon. I also hope to start posting the things I have been making soon!

  8. from Martha Pullen forum: Amazing!

  9. from Martha Pullen forum: So cute – that would take me a month of Sundays to get finished.

  10. from Martha Pullen forum: It’s the details that make a project exceptional IMHO and this really is exceptional. What a delightful outfit!

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