London Calling Lawn Dress

toddler wearing floral dress standing in garden

When Kate turned two this year, Gramma aka Evy from A Bit of Stitch made her a “ballerina” dress.  It’s not your typical ballerina dress with the tulle and twirl, (don’t worry – she has tons of those too…) but it’s a sweet lawn dress with blue flowers on it to match her baby blue eyes.  She even made a matching dress for Kate’s little dolly with matching bows and everything!  Of course, Kate loved it and had to put it on immediately.

girl holding baby doll in flower garden girl standing in flower garden

The lawn fabric is from Robert Kaufman’s London Calling collection. It’s such a beautiful fabric and feels wonderful!

girl holding baby doll in flower garden

Can you believe the amazing details that Evy put into the dress?  She used her Baby Lock Sashiko to create a smocked bodice.  She calls this technique sassy pleating, and you can do the same on your Sashiko by flip-stitching cording on top of sassy pleats as you pleat.  Takes a bit of concentration and more time, but looks amazing!

close up of dress bodice with pleating sashiko machine pleating fabric

She used a long-hoarded bit of vintage tatting to edge the neckline and pocket tops.  The pockets were even made in the hoop; so much easier that way!

close up of pocket with flowers on dress

Keep your eye out on her website because she has plans to make this design into a set, soon hopefully!

girl wearing floral dress by ivy wall

Such a sweet, beautiful birthday dress for little Kate!

baby girl leaning over bridge

If you love sewing with lawn or want to try sewing with it, here are a few of my favorites from the London Calling collection.  Evy actually made Kate an Easter dress out of this lovely purple floral.

Kaufman London Calling Purple Flowers FabricAnd this cheerful floral sorbet print would be perfect for summer!  So many pretty options!
Kaufman London Calling Lawn Flower Buds Sorbet Fabric
Sewing for boys?  This bicycle print would make the cutest button up shirt! Kaufman London Calling Lawn Bikes Royal FabricThanks for reading!  Happy sewing!

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