Grow With Me Dresses and Tops

My mom and I laugh about it now, but when I was little, I used to get so frustrated when I would see something in the store that I wanted and my mom (being a very talented seamstress) would always say, “I could make that for you!” and then she would go on about how everything was so poorly made blah, blah, blah… ;)

Flash forward 30 years (what?! no!!!) and here I am finding myself doing the same thing! Yikes!!! About 3 years ago, I finally took out that sewing machine that my mom had given to me one Christmas. I had seen a couple of dresses that some of the little girls were wearing at my daughter’s pre-school and thought to myself, “I know that I could buy those in some of the local boutiques (for some ridiculous amount), but honestly, they don’t look like they would be too difficult to make!” I made my first pillowcase dress shortly after that…no pattern necessary :)

my daughter proudly modeling her first dress made by me back in 2009 (pardon the unprofessional photo!)

My niece. Same dress, 3 years later…professional photo :)

After seeing this picture, I realized that the 2 types of dresses that I make the most can both “grow with you” and go from dress to tunic top in just a matter of years! Another plus for me and for all the people who have received one of these dresses over the past few years. Here is a little reversible swing top dress that I made as a photo prop for my friend, Christina, of Bees Knees Photography www.beeskneesphotographync.com

Reversible swing top dress worn by a 1 year old (as a dress).

Same “dress” worn by Christina’s 3 year old as a top

And just for good measure. This was the first reversible dress that I ever made. Again, this was made over 2 years ago. Just thought I would show some then and now pictures with the same dress (that has held up quite nicely, I must say!).

My daughter when she was 3.

same dress, same child…2 years later :)

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pillowsalamode
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 15:41:18

    Those are SO cute . . . both the dresses and the models! :)

    Reply

  2. momentumofjoy
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 17:22:07

    I love these!!! And I adore the way you have kids of different ages modeling them. Perhaps you should put those on your site and then “somebody” can buy them. ;)

    Reply

  3. momentumofjoy
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 17:22:48

    P.S. I am serious! Hurry up woman!

    Reply

    • Joyful Mama Designs
      Aug 14, 2012 @ 17:47:22

      You just made me laugh :) You goof, these are old!! HOWEVER, if you would like to pick out some fabric or let me know what colors you would like, then I would gladly make a custom dress for you ;)

      Reply

  4. Julianna
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 21:20:11

    These are fabulous!

    Reply

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