Having handmade clothing for my girls is one of my greatest pleasures as a sewist, but it is admittedly difficult to find time to make elaborate outfits for each of them on a regular basis. So when I recently received an invitation to participate in a blog tour for the new Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses book from Sweet Seams, I jumped at the opportunity to create a cute dress with some vibrant matryoshka doll fabric using one of the designs from the book.
The Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses book contains 28 darling t-shirt dress designs for little girls, with styles to suit any little girl.
Anyone intimidated with the idea of using a conventional sewing pattern will be thrilled to hear that each design is completely pattern-free, and the construction process for each is written in easy-to-follow terminology with helpful illustrations and photos throughout. There are so many great designs to choose from! I am certain I will use this book again and again.
I absolutely fell in love with the pleated waistband in the Peachy Keen dress, and that was the tutorial used to create this dress for my little girl. (I purchased the fabric from Jo-Ann.)
T-shirt dresses are a perfect way to get started in children’s sewing, since utilizing a ready-made garment as the base streamlines the process and allows you to create something darling in no time at all, and without having to spend a fortune. It is hard to believe something so stylish started off life as a ho-hum black Old Navy tee!
Be sure to check out all of the other stops on the Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses blog tour, which includes many other finished projects and a few giveaways, too!
The New York Mom will feature a finished project
Nouveau Stitch will feature a finished project, “Flirty Shirt”
Just Pure Lovely will host a giveaway
The Crafty Princess Diaries will host a giveaway
Craft Knife will feature a finished project, “Cool Water”
Stitched by Crystal will feature a project for her 9-month-old
BlogHer DIY will feature a project
Prudent Baby will review and host a giveaway
House of 34 will host a giveaway
Smashed Peas and Carrots will feature a finished project, “Bubble Tea”
Simply Modern Mom will review and might do a project
Marsha’s Spot will feature a finished project, “Patchwork of Art” and host a giveaway
Sew Spoiled will review the book
Maya Made will feature a finished project
Dollar Store Crafts – featuring a project (this post here!)
Only From Scratch will feature a project
A Few Shortcuts will review and host a giveaway
Wild Olive will feature a finished project
Positively Splendid will feature a finished project
On the Laundry Line will feature a finished project
Elegance and Elephants will feature a finished project
Luvinthemommyhood will review and host a giveaway
My Little Gems will host a giveaway
I received a complimentary copy of Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. Images above from Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses by Sweet Seams Studio, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Dan Howell and dress design and instructions copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Soho Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
I love this! I kind of skipped past the Peachy Keen dress in the book because it looked a bit bleh, but yours is gorgeous and your choice of brighter more contrasty colors really makes the design pop.
Amy @ Positively Splendid says
Thanks, Leah! I really love the touch of the pleats in this dress.
Hi there, always i used to check website posts here early in the
daylight, as i love to learn more and more.