The First Day Dress

Since making the transition from working mom to stay at home mom I have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my sewing machine. Now if I go longer that a few days without sewing something I start to have little withdrawals and I’ve definitely seen a big improvement in my sewing skills now that I get a chance to sew more frequently (go figure!). And ever since I made Brynlee’s Halloween costume, I’ve wanted to make more clothes for her and have purchasing patterns here and there to add to my collection.

I have been a long time follower of Dana’s blog and have used many of her tutorials. I love her tutorials, she provides a plethora of very clear pictures and step by step instructions. I’ve had my eye on a few of her patterns for a while, but since they all start at 2T they were still a little big for Brynlee. Then a few weeks ago she had a pattern sale and I scooped up her First Day Dress pattern, as well as her Kids Shorts pattern. Now I’m kicking myself for not also getting the Baby Doll Basket pattern too! I might still have to.

Last week, I finally had some extra time to spend with my sewing machine during a few of Brynlee’s naps and whipped up two of the A-line dress and one that I hacked to make a Valentine’s Day dress for Brynlee. These dresses came together super quick! Like I said, I only had Brynlee’s nap time and over the course of the 3 days it took to make these that added up to around 6 hours.







I really love how they turned out! And the keyhole and button detailing in the back is just so cute!! I especially love the wood button on this dress.


For this dress I wanted a fun, contrasting button to go with the pattern and while I was a little nervous about whether I would like it once I added it, I really do love that extra pop of color!


For Brynlee’s Valentine’s Day Dress, I used the top of the First Day Dress pattern and made the skirt out of two rectangles.


Then I added cute little heart shaped pockets.


I’ll have a tutorial up next week for adding heart shaped pockets or patches to anything, just in time for Valentine’s Day!


I also replaced the button closure with ribbon for a bow.



Did I mention how hard it is to get your 19 month old to cooperate when taking pictures???


Oh, what’s that you say???, “Cassidi, why didn’t you brush her hair before the photo shoot?”, to which I would answer, “Oh, but I did! And then, being Brynlee, she proceeded to do this, over and over and over”.


And of course we had to take pictures with one of Lola’s toys, because that is the chic thing to do, right?


Regardless, I had a lot of fun making these dresses and can’t wait to make the other style, as well as, the top versions too!



The First Day Dress pattern is basically 4 patterns in one, 2 styles of dresses and 2 styles of tops. And they are all fully lined, which was much easier to do than you might expect!


So if you are on the fence about making clothes for your kiddos or even just learning to sew, head over to to check out her patterns and tutorials, you won’t be disappointed, I promise!


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