Am so geeked about how this turned out. Was just a bunch of rectangles and a concept in my head, now it’s the cutest thing in her closet.








um not sure what I did to deserve this look?


I got the Yuwa Grids over at Charmstitch (you can get the Yuwas in a 1/2 yard pack or individually). The weight of this cotton is nice and light and I love the modern gingham. Maybe a tutorial to come?


This is the absolute best way she’s ever worn it. And yes, that IS a Peekaboo Bonnet on her head. Backwards.

Categories: clothes for girls
Share |

Share |

84 Responses to Just had to show you: Rainbow Dress

  1. Chris says:

    Love the color block! The dress has just the right amount of fullness…great twirling potential! The pouty picture is priceless.

  2. MCC says:

    That is just amazing! I love it so!

  3. Lise says:

    This is SO SO SO SO cute! Makes me wish I had a little girl. My boys wouldn’t look quite so cute in this dress!

  4. k a t y says:

    The dress is darling. And those LIPS! To die.

  5. HW says:

    LOVE your little girl’s curls!!!

  6. Marie Grace says:

    That is ridiculously adorable. Ridiculously.

    And thanks for the link to the fabric, I’ve been looking for some nice gingham.

  7. Melissa says:

    Oh lordy, that is so stinking CUTE! Times like these I wish my son was a girl!! :)

  8. amywirtz says:

    tutorial? Yes please! LOVE it! My girls all need one! We are all gaga for rainbows in this house :)

  9. tiffany says:

    *gasp* – gorgeous! thanks for the fabric link too.

  10. Collette says:

    Holy cow that’s adorable! Girl clothes. Sigh.

    (Boy’s clothes don’t bring the cuteness in quite the same way.)

    The last picture is fabulous.

  11. SabineC says:

    It *is* beautiful.
    And colorful.
    And that last pic just made me burst out in laughter! :-D

  12. Melissa says:

    So adorable! Please make a tutorial for this, pretty please!

  13. Beth says:

    Cute, cute, cute! If only I had a girl!

  14. Jamie says:

    Love it!!!!

  15. kama says:

    Yes, amazing! Love it! Yes, a tute, please! :)

  16. kristin says:

    SOOOOOOOOO cute! She has the best pout in the history of pouts, too. :)

  17. Connie says:

    Yes, please do a tutorial! Love the dress and so would my granddaughter!

  18. netty says:

    tutorial or pattern in the shop…YES PLEASE! It’s so SUPER cute! :)

  19. Jen S says:

    Absolutely adorable! I would love a tutorial for this one. My girls can always use one more summer dress!

  20. liza jane says:

    The girl knows how to accesorize! So cute.

  21. Myrnie says:

    I love it! She’s like…storm trooper meets Rainbow Brite. Aren’t all the best things made out of rectangles??

  22. Katie says:

    This dress is so pretty!

  23. soooo pretty! a tutorial, yes please!

  24. Coralee says:

    love love love and yes, please (on the tutorial)!

  25. Meg says:

    Darling Dress! It brought to mind Lifesavers, my favorite childhood hard candy!

  26. Melinda says:

    Just yesterday my MIL asked my 4-year old daughter what her fav. color was. Her response: “rainbow obviously!” I would love a tutorial for this one! Too cute :)

  27. anna says:

    so sweet! Natalie has one that’s similar (and definitely not cool rainbowy) but she loves it so much :)

  28. Karen says:

    Oh Rae she is TOO CUTE! Please do a tutorial. I’d even pay for it.

    Tell her snuggles from Tarin!

  29. Abbey says:

    How cute is that?! Reminds me of the Blue Bell popsicle wrappers. Which by the way no one has ever apparently taken a picture of their popsicle still in the wrapper according to Google images. But you know what I mean :)

  30. Summer says:

    Absolutely Precious! It looks wonderful on her!

    I try not to allow myself to laugh when my toddler gives me that “What do you think YOU’RE doing?!” look, so it was great to let out a few giggles at this – Thank You :)

  31. Caitlin says:

    Aw this is so cute.

  32. Stephanie says:

    tutorial? yes please! and any tips on how to sew elastic thread. if that is elastic thread ruching the top of the dress.

  33. Grandma G says:

    That is sooooo adorable! Perfect! And my little 4-yr-old granddaughter said: “I wish I had a dress like that!” Yep, it’s a hit!

  34. Laura says:

    Great dress: check. Fabulous curls: check. Rain boots in summer: check. Backwards sunhat: check.

  35. GAH LOVE IT! Too cute, the fabric and colours are perfect. Would love a tutorial on this. I have two little girls and we’re in winter here so I’ve got some time to whip up a few for them!

  36. Annie says:

    This is adorable! Please do a tutorial!

  37. Amity says:

    Oh please do a tutorial!! Would it be wrong to say I want to size it up for me??!! Maybe matching mommy-daughter sundresses for next summer!! How fun!

  38. Margaret says:

    This is a very cute pattern. If only I had a granddaughter to make it for. I seem to be getting all grandsons. LOL Love the gingham and the pose is so cute. Reminds me of my daughter when she was little and when I was making her little sundresses.

  39. Pam Pike says:

    Love the little dress. Prefect for twirling and the gingham checks are classic.

  40. Erin says:

    So cute! I was trying to figure out a similar way to use the Lizzy House pearl bracelet prints!

    • Rae says:

      Erin: Ooh that’s a good idea. I can think of so many “near-solid” fabrics that would be great. The pearl bracelets would be fantastic!!!

  41. I am so in love with this dress!! Please please please post a turtorial – I’ve been trying to figure out how to put together a dress with a skirt like that. (are the edges of each tier serged on the top and bottom?)

  42. Janet says:

    Love, love LOVE this. Having promised myself it was time to turn my attention to selfish sewing, you now have me torn between sticking to my plan and making some clothes for me, or trying to make some dresses like these for my little girls… Oh the decisions!

  43. Vénusia says:

    So cute, and the little lady too !

  44. Sidney says:

    Oh my goodness…that is beyond adorable! That is a definite keeper!

  45. Elle says:

    I have to say I am infatuated with your site, such great posts, pix and ideas. I love this dress! I can’t wait to try it. I am sitting here laughing because as I scrolled through the post I kept saying where are her rain boots and “Tah Dah” there they were, perfect. Great job on all of it.

  46. Jessica says:

    LOVE it! I can see this with calicos and well…anything!

  47. Kim says:

    I must make one of these for my granddaughter Briar Rose sooooo YES on a tutorial. :)

  48. louise says:

    just precious! I love the fabric, the colors, the design… Very nice!

  49. Dacia says:

    ack so cute!! im curious to know how the edges of the dress are finished that connect the ginghams–is that elastic thread? surger? did you ruche it?

  50. Elizabeth says:

    I love this dress! I think it would also look great in an ombre effect with different patterns in varying shades of pink or red. I think a trip to the fabric store is in order!

  51. Kate says:

    sooo cute!

    such a shame that summer around here is poor and rainy this year, so summer dresses aren’t needed that often, but nevertheless an enthusiastic YES on a tutorial!

  52. Callie says:

    Very cute. I love that her shoes and boots both work to complete the color spectrum of her outfit!

  53. Beth says:

    Just thought I’d show you the cute rainbow dress I made for my little girl. We just had a rainbow themed birthday party for her.

  54. Kim Kasch says:

    Awe….dorable dress! and love the peek-a-boo bonnet especially backwards :)

  55. Janelle says:

    cutest. dress. ever.

  56. am12pm says:


    Please post a tutorial…oh please!!

  57. Rosie says:

    I had a dress like that in tha 80′s when I was little. I loved it so much, I have no idea where it came from, whether my mother made it or might have been a hand me down that my aunt made for my cousins, (she had three girls I was one of three girls so it was bound to happen) but I love that ittle dress so, so much.

    Thanks for letting me relive my childhood.

  58. Mands says:

    YES..please do a tutorial!!! That’s adorable!

  59. MamaKelly says:

    I love this and your blog in general. Thanks so much for passing along your wisdom : ) Now, I just need to find a little girl to sew it for!

  60. Patty says:

    Oh my GOSH I love it!!! TUTORIAL PLEASE!!!!

  61. Heather says:

    Tutorial please!! It really is so very cute.

  62. Erin in PA says:

    ADORABLE DRESS!!! I made a similar (the layers of ruffles) for my daughter using the Liesl Gibson fabric from Jo-Ann’s this spring. The lawn fabric was like buttah! My sister and I had 80′s dresses that our mom made us like yours – although it was light pink to dusky rose for her, and mint green to forest green for me. I wish my hoarder mother had saved those dresses, but shockingly those didn’t get saved. sigh.

  63. Jo says:

    Oh, this is CUTE indeed. Your daughter is a little wonder. And the dress is lovely. Can’t wait till my daughter reaches the age that she can walk around with her rainboots, a beautiful dress and her hat backwards…

  64. lucinda says:

    Totally gorgeous! Love it and the colours look fab.

  65. SallyC says:

    I love it! Wish my granddaughter was 3 or 4 years younger…she seems to have outgrown all the ‘cute’ little girl dresses and it makes me sad.

  66. angie says:

    too freakin’ cute! As usual I absolutely love it!

  67. Julie Parrinello says:

    Love it!, a tutorial is indeed necessary.
    My goodness, i can’t believe i only just found out about your new website today, all the fun i was missing out on!.

  68. Dorian says:

    That is the CUTEST dress I’ve seen in along time!!! And your dd is adorable! love that pouty face!!! LOL

  69. bdaiss says:

    Yes! Tutorial please! That is so stinking cute! I love it!

  70. Brandy says:

    Tutorial, PLEASE!! It’s adorable.

  71. Lauren says:

    Oh my gosh – I LOVE IT!!!

  72. Rebecca B says:

    Yes! Tutorial, please!!! A very lovely dress indeed.

  73. dana says:

    LOVE this Rae! And esp love that last photo. Too cute!

  74. And are those wellies on the wrong feet too?! Gorgeous dress, just delicious. Yes, a tutorial please!

  75. Georgia says:

    The extent of my sewing abilities so far is sewing some lavender filled sachets for Homemade Christmas presents- but WOW!!! This is so gorgeous- I’m inspired to try it. Please please please do a tutorial!

  76. Shannon says:

    Cutest thing I have ever seen (child & dress!) :)

  77. Katrina says:

    A tute please!!! I adore this dress!

  78. Marianne says:

    That is so unbelievably cute!!!

  79. sherry says:

    Loooooove It. Soooooooo Cute!

  80. Janica says:

    EEek! I adore the fabulous gingham rainbow!!! Rae, this is darling on YOUR darling:) Super job!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

seller’s program

I offer licenses for handmade sellers who would like to sell items made with my patterns on a small scale. To see all of the available licenses, visit the pattern page. For more information on the seller's program, please visit the seller's page.

My free patterns or tutorials are intended for personal use only. Thanks for respecting my wishes and supporting my shop!

Too busy to sew? Purchase a ready-made item from one of these sellers:
Big Butt Baby Pants Sellers List
Bonsai Bag Sellers List
Buttercup Bag Sellers List
Charlie Tunic Sellers List
Itty Bitty Baby Dress Sellers List
Lickety Split Bag Sellers List
Peekaboo Bonnet Sellers List
Pierrot Tunic Sellers List
Showoff Bag Sellers List
Toddler Backpack Sellers List

Please support the sellers listed here!

grab a badge

Copy and paste the button code below into an HTML widget or post editor: