I’m so excited about my new pattern that’s almost ready!!! It’s actually really TWO patterns that you can mix and match. One of the pattern options is this one, which is basically what some of you might remember as the “mini-washi” I made for Clementine during Kids’ Clothes Week, except I figured out how to incorporate the sleeve into the bodice pattern piece to make it reaaaally easy to sew together:


Clementine picked out the fabric for this one, but so far she has yet to put it on. This one is a shorter top version:


She loves it and wears frequently (note to Lizzy House: More fabric with bunnies, please. That was the big sell on this one for my girl).

The other pattern option is one that I’ve been getting requests for for years, a basic bodice with an optional flutter sleeve and notch neckline, and gathered skirt:




The dark linen version of the dress also debuted during Kids’ Clothes Week (see this post), but if you follow this blog you have probably already seen this dress in a number of other iterations already, including the two polka dot versions, plus a few different sleeveless versions with trim (tutorial on attaching the trim to come, so easy!). I’m calling the pattern “Geranium” because the little flutter sleeve reminds me of a geranium leaf.


I find this sleeveless version especially charming; it’s essentially the pattern in it’s most basic, simple form. I also love the green corduroy (Karen made this one for Clementine as a fall/winter jumper):


And here’s a little preview from the pattern itself, so you can see how mix-y-matchy it is:



So many options, you guys!! I think you’ll find this pattern to be amazingly versatile, a real staple, like the Flashback Tee and Big Butt Baby Pants. And it’s almost ready…I’ll be back with some of the amazing photos from the pattern testers that came in this week, and hopefully a pattern, soon!

Categories: clothes for girls, patterns
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36 Responses to Almost here: Geranium Dress!

  1. Amber says:

    Yep, I’m totally going to be buying this pattern.

  2. Kristin says:

    Is there any way you would consider making it for bigger children? I wish my daughter was in a 5T still but she is now in an 8 and not too many cute dresses and tunics are available for her size!

    Love the pattern

    • Rae says:

      Hi Kristin,
      Since i started making patterns (and mostly have always been sewing for my own kids), the ages of my own kids has really determined what sizes I offered…so up until this past year, all of my patterns came in either a toddler (12mo-5T) or baby-toddler (0mo-5T) range.

      That is definitely changing as my kids are getting older! I would anticipate a “kid” version of this at some point; I don’t think I would go up to size 12 in this (I think the style is a little too “young” for that), but I could see maybe a size 2-10 range being appropriate for this dress.


  3. Jane says:

    You’ve done it again!!! Love it! My daughter is sitting here looking over my shoulder asking me to make it for her already! :)

  4. kristin says:

    rah rah rah! such a cute dress and such a fun sew!! good luck wrapping it up. such a great pattern.

  5. stephanie says:

    ah this is awesome. i put mini washi on my to do list. this pattern basically means i don’t have to try and figure out how to scale the washi pattern down. wahoo!

  6. ML says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I have loved that polka dot version for years, and keep thinking that I will try to wing it and figure out something similar. But a pattern would be soooo much better!

  7. Martha says:

    All I want for Christmas is this pattern!!!!!!! I am so excited :) :):)

  8. Brittany says:

    Omigosh can you make something that I don’t like??? LOVE this. I’m sure you get told this a lot but your skills for making patterns is unmatchable. I’ll buy anything you make for a girl. So I’ll be patiently waiting for this to come out. Hmm, I’m thinking this might be an Easter dress for my toddler. Merry Christmas!!

  9. Sara says:

    Cute dress pattern! Keep ‘em coming. Actually, what I would REALLY love to see more of is patterns for girls in the 10-16 size bracket. That is a no-man’s land just waiting for a good designer to dig into (hint hint). ;) My daughter and I would thank you immensely!! Merry Christmas!

  10. brooke says:

    Why, oh why must I be preggers with another boy? All this cute girl overload makes my fingers itch to make something girly!!

  11. Erin says:

    Yay! I love the black linen (?) version so much. can’t wait to make one! Merry Christmas :)

  12. Ledys says:

    Yay! I’m so glad it will be ready for my daughters’ birthdays in Jan and Feb :-) congratulations, Rae!

  13. Emily says:

    What a sweet little dress! Love the options and the cap sleeves. :)

  14. Shannon says:

    Rae, I LOVED testing this! Such a fun, easy sew! I concur on the larger sizes, my 7 yr old was soooo jealous! 2-10 would be perfect!!!

  15. dana` says:

    I’m in! And I love the cap sleeves. Especially if they’re easy!

  16. Nina Rose says:

    I am so looking forward to this !

  17. Bethany says:

    So cute! I love the little ruffly sleeves!

  18. jacqueline says:

    Over the noon with excitement!!!

  19. Ohhh – how exciting!!! I adore that View A, the textile is fabulous. And that little notch in the neckline. I can picture Mommy & Daughter matching washi & geranium dresses taking the sewing world by storm. Love every minute of it!

  20. Brittney says:

    I am chiming in with the call for bigger sizes (eventually!:) My 7yo was sooo jealous the twins both got one and she didn’t. And she is quite picky in what she will or wont wear. And it is such a quick fun sew!

  21. Diana says:

    So beautiful!!
    Waiting for size 3T and up : ))

  22. Catrin says:

    What a beautiful pattern, again! Though… We don’t use PayPal. So in case you ever need a pattern tester, here I am. Seems like the only way for me to get your wonderful patterns ;-)

  23. Robin says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait for the pattern! Your work is always so lovely.

  24. Rhadonda says:

    Yup i will be in the line for bigger sizes as i sew for my niece who is probably a 6-7 right now. Thanks! Can’t wait.

  25. Egads I’m excited. I need a new dress for the kidlets and this looks so perfect!

  26. anna says:

    gorgeous, I love all the different options and how it looks so great in all the different fabric types. winner!!!

  27. Yzobela says:

    Um, I will be buying this the second it comes out! I have a little Ivy who needs a little Geranium :)

  28. ぬどゐや says:

    When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

    • Rae says:

      oof I have no idea. Usually you can access your notifications from a wordpress account, or you can unsubscribe from the email you’re receiving, but unfortunately I can’t control it from my end. So sorry about that. What a pain!!

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