Pink Dotted Geranium for Clementine

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Other people might be fooled by your doll-like appearance, your proclivity towards pink. But I know the truth, Clementine: you are a tough little nut and every ounce as stubborn as your mother. Delicate would not be a word I would use to describe you. Strong, silly, fierce, smart, mischievious. Then also: adorable, affectionate, and sweet. An interesting combination that keeps us on our toes.

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You draw ninjas instead of princesses. Another recent drawing that comes to mind featured a bomb. And a person cut in half on the ground.

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You have a spider-sense for locating lost objects, which comes in handy given the fact that I am a complete space cadet. When something’s missing, we ask “Hey Clementine! Where’s Hugo’s pacifier??”

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You have the most hilarious expressions and faces. Cross-eyes, silly smiles, teeth over the bottom lip. The fact that you can’t say your “R’s” yet makes it even cuter.

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Despite your many tantrums and screaming fits (what IS it about this age??), you also know how to snuggle like nobody’s business. You can’t stop giving Hugo cuddles and kisses. And when you crawl in bed with us in the middle of the night after a bad dream and fall asleep next to Daddy, you look like an absolute angel. You know, as long as you’re asleep.

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Dress: Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern, with a velvet ribbon added at the bottom of the bodice
Fabric: Michael Miller Pearlized Dots, purchased at Pink Castle

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Geranium Dresses!

Every time I look at the Geranium Dress flickr pool, I can’t help but emit little squeaks, ooohs, and awws at all the beauties in there. The Geranium pattern has proven to be so versatile — as a dress or a tunic with different styles (sleeves/no sleeves/ruffle sleeves/pockets/no pockets), and it’s popping up as anything from totally casual play dresses all the way on up to fancy flower girl dresses!

I must also commend you on the fine photography in the photo pool.  You’re capturing the little girls in your lives at such candid moments.  Here are a few of my favorites from this summer:


Rachel blogged about her daughter’s dress here.

I love the Briar Rose prints she selected for this dress, and she certainly got some great photos!


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Geranium Mosaic 1

Above TOP Left to Right: 1. Peachy Geranium, 2. P7271888, 3. Geranium Dress

BOTTOM Left to Right: 4. IMG_2738, 5. a bunch of geranium dresses, 6. Surfing Space Robots!

Playing with fabric combinations for this dress has been really fun.  Sometimes you just get a tiny peek of the lining, but those details are delightful! Jessica blogged about this one here (love love love that Lizard print):

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And some more fun fabric combos:
Above TOP Left to Right: 1. Geranium dress with modifications 3T, 2. Tsuru Geranium
Bottom Left to Right: 3. LAUNCHED!!!, 4. Maggie Geranium top.

These ladies all made their own Geranium Tunics plus matching tunics for their babies:
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TOO CUTE!! Here’s a first birthday dress:


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And another first birthday. This photo absolutely slays me:
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I’ve always figured Geranium could be a year-round staple in any little girl’s wardrobe.  Here are a few gearing up for cooler weather by layering with t-shirts and jeans or leggings. Geranium Fall Mosaic

Above TOP Left to Right: plaid with yellow shirt, pink tunic

BOTTOM Left to Right: red boots, pink with flowers

Kimmie copied a doll dress that her great grandmother had made ages ago. So cool.
My copycat dress
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More cuties (some with Peekaboo Bonnets!):


Above TOP Left to Right: 1. Geranium top, 2. Geranium Dress and Peekaboo Bonnet,
BOTTOM Left to Right: 3. Mads’ Washi Geranium Dress, 4. A summer geranium 2

Vintage Geranium Dress

Via Flickr, and groovily blogged here.


Via Flickr and Kelly blogged about it here.


Via Flickr, and Rachel blogged about it here.

You can see even more adorable Geranium Dresses in the Geranium Dress Flickr Pool:

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Geranium Dress Pattern in sizes 6-12 is here!

I know many of you have been waiting and waiting for this, and I’m pleased to tell you that the Geranium Dress is now available in kids’ sizes 6-12! It’s just like the original version, but sized up to fit a bigger set. You can buy each size range separately, or combine the sizes and save $4 by selecting the option you prefer in the listing (there’s a drop-down menu)!




The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile dress pattern that includes two views. View A features flutter sleeves, a gathered skirt (top or dress length), with an optional notched neckline and an optional patch pocket. View B features faux cap sleeves, a pleated skirt (top or dress length) with side-seam pockets and an optional cutout neckline. Both views feature a lined bodice for a lovely finished effect. See all pattern options.


Materials Needed:

Woven fabric (see yardage chart below)
lightweight fusible interfacing
4 buttons or snap for back closure


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Selling Geranium Dresses
A license-to-sell for handmade sellers is now available (click here for more information) for the Geranium Dress.


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The Geranium Dress in sizes 6-12 was tested by a group of fantastic testers! To see some of their pics, please click on this post:
Coming Soon: Geranium Dress in Larger Sizes!

A tutorial for adding trim to the Geranium Dress can be found here.

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Post your pictures to the Geranium Dress Photo Pool on Flickr!

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Coming Soon: Geranium Dress in Larger Sizes!

I have a little feeling you’re gonna love this.  Behind the scenes over here we’ve been working on sizing up the Geranium Dress!  The Geranium Dress will SOON be available as a separate PDF pattern, in sizes 6-12. I know a lot of you have been asking for a bigger version of this sweet little dress, and your wish will be granted imminently.  We’re just putting the finishing touches on the pattern.


Now for some sneak peeks from my awesome testers! Lynn at The Little Red Hen blogged here about the version she made for her daughter, Miss P (this is the size 6, lengthened a bit):

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Even more adorable versions from the testers:

Left to Right: Green & Yellow (by Brittany), Purple Floral (from Sarah), Colorful Dots (from Cindy), Roses (by Clover):


I love the pintucks on this version from Johanna:

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A couple more sweet necklines:


(left) Geranium Top, (right) front.

Now, something amazing.  Miss P made this green tunic all by herself, using her mom’s Bernina!  Didn’t she do a lovely job? You can read more about it here. She used Heather Ross’s Crafty Chloe fabric. I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to think of kids making their own garments!

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There are a few more testers’ photos in the Geranium Dress Flickr Pool. Before long you’ll be able add your own! Stay tuned.

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Final Pair

Happy Monday! Time for my last post with the gorgeous Geranium Dresses made with Tsuru from Cloud 9! [Part I / Part II / Part III]




These two were having a great time by the time the photoshoot ended, so I’m really fond of how these photos turned out. The “Of a Feather” print on the flutter-sleeved dress is truly gorgeous; I really like how it looks like a completely different design in this navy colorway (the ivory version is in this post). And the “Blossom Festival” border print is another completely stunning print. I think this would make a beautiful skirt for me too!




Karen cut the skirt sideways so that the border would fall along the hem of the dress. I love that she made it super long too! Gorgeous.




Doesn’t Phoebe look like a little angel? I know what her mother will say to that.




I hope you’ve enjoyed our wonderful little Tsuru-Geranium collection! So much fun to make this project happen. Special thanks to Karen for sewing up the dresses, to Michelle at Cloud 9 for the initial concept and asking me to do this in the first place, and to Rashida for creative input and designing such amazing fabrics! Here’s one last shot the whole collection on my sewing room wall:


Now these little gems are all getting packed up and shipped off to Cloud 9 to get ready for Quilt Market!

Tsuru is widely available in shops now. To see all of the Tsuru fabrics, head over to Cloud 9. And to see all of the pictures in this series, you can see them in this set:

What do you think? Did I save the best for last? Which one was your favorite?

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Taking flight

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It’s time for more Tsuru on the blog today (see Part I and Part II if you haven’t already)! Today’s Geranium Dresses are sophisticated, yet fun: a flutter-sleeve dress with a notched neckline, and a sleeveless dress with piping. Both use navy as their unifying color, in keeping with the entire Tsuru line. I love this shot of Phoebe in the 1000 Cranes dress. Isn’t that gorgeous?

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I wanted to put Elliot in something from the line as well, and he always looks striking in navy, so he’s joining us in the photos today! Karen offered to throw together a little button-up shirt for him with piping since Cloud 9 had sent more of the “And old lace…” prints than we needed for the dresses. I also wanted to give this blender print a chance to sing on its own. If you look carefully, the “lace” is actually three cranes arranged in a lace-like array. I love the piping on this shirt: the little bird tracks from the ivory “Making Tracks” print work perfectly as trim, and you already know how much I love piping. There is nothing that can’t be improved by piping.

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The “Making Tracks” print is also used as piping and a contrast band on the ivory dress (below) to bring out the lovely “Of A Feather” print. If you look carefully, you can see the cute little bird tracks. And I love this feather print! It’s one of those prints that feels more “even” from far away, but when you see it up close you really appreciate the detail. I hope I’ve been able to communicate the beauty of it here, even though it’s not as eye-grabbing as the cranes. Some close-ups so you can see the piping a little better:

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Tsuru is widely available in shops right now. The fabrics used for the dresses in this post are these four variations on the crane theme (see the entire collection here on the Cloud 9 website):

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Just two more dresses to go, and then you’ll have seen the whole collection!

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Motif Madness

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I have two more Geranium Dresses (well, technically one is a top) to show you today! These two feature the “Motif Madness” print in vermillion and ivory from the Tsuru line designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9 fabrics (this post is part II in a series of posts I’m fondly calling the Tsuru + Geranium Project; see part I here).

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You may remember seeing Rashida’s designs before on this blog, most notably the enormously popular “washi tape fabric” that gave the Washi Dress pattern its name. Rashida spent a few years in Japan when she was growing up, and her designs reflect a strong influence of Japanese culture and imagery. I thought it would be fun to incorporate paper cranes into the photos somehow to play off of the Japanese theme, and Rashida suggested the idea of creating an installation of cranes on the wall so they would look like they were flying overhead. Karen folded the cranes (no small task!), and I taped them up in my entryway. I really like the cool effect they add to the photos.

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I think that these two Geraniums just might be my favorites of the set. I love the large motifs in these two prints so much, and they photograph amazingly well (I love the name “Motif Madness” too!). It’s hard to pick favorites with this line, though; from the moment I first saw the collection, it was true love. I love how mature the Tsuru designs are — perfect for women’s tops, dresses, and skirts — yet they look just as amazing sewn up into children’s clothing.

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I’m sure you’ve already noticed a new face in these photos: Clementine’s friend Phoebe. I quickly realized that getting my belligerent three-year-old into and out of eight dresses before I needed to send them back to Cloud 9 for Quilt Market was going to require more bribery/mini-marshmallows than I had on hand, so I asked blogger friend-in-real-life Emily if Phoebe would help us model. Those adorable cheeks!! I die. What a cutie. Phoebe is the same age as (and also the same dress and shoe size as) Clementine, so it worked out perfectly. And they love being goofy together, as we’ve realized the few times we’ve gotten them together to play, which made the photos so easy to take.


I hope you enjoyed these, because there are even more Tsuru Geranium Dresses to come!

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Tsuru and Geranium

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I’m so excited to reveal a project I’ve had in the works now for a couple of months: combining the Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern with all of the Tsuru fabrics designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9! This has been a fun collaboration between me, Karen LePage, and Rashida Coleman-Hale.

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When Michelle of Cloud 9 Fabrics asked me whether I’d be interested in getting the Geranium Dress together with the Tsuru line, I said GIDDYUP LET’S DO IT and immediately started plotting and scheming. Which fabrics should go together with what look?

I loved the challenge of showcasing an entire line of fabric — Tsuru includes 12 different prints — with just one pattern. If any sewing pattern could do it, it would be Geranium, with so many different variations. The result of my scheming is eight unique Tsuru-Geranium Dresses.

Just two of the eight dresses are shown here; I’ll reveal the others in subsequent posts. I just couldn’t fit all of them in one post…there were too many gorgeous photos!!

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I would have been a crazy woman to try to sew all eight dresses, take photos of each of them, and blog about it all myself (in the middle of Celebrate the BOY, no less), so luckily Karen LePage was able to sew my ideas into reality. Always delegate, is my motto! And as you will see Karen did not disappoint; her construction is impeccable, and they look absolutely perfect, down to the little details, like adding vintage buttons.

Tsuru is widely available in shops right now. The fabrics used for the dresses in this post are these four (see the entire collection here on the Cloud 9 website):

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The pattern (for both dresses, of course!) is the Geranium Dress; as both a sleeveless dress with patch pockets and as “view b” with a tunic length, accomplished by adding a contrast band to the top-length skirt.

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I hope you’re excited to see more Tsuru dresses and meet a new friend of Clementine’s who will join her tomorrow in the photos!

Oh! and I can’t not mention this exciting announcement from Cloud 9 last week! I’m so happy to have been able to collaborate with Cloud 9 on a fabric collection too!! It’s due to release later this summer (incidentally, I had no idea the fabric design thing was even a remote possibility when I agreed to do this Tsuru project. Yes, that’s really how fast it happened. Crazy). Anyway, it was so fun, and I can’t wait until I can show you the new collection!

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flickr roundup: geraniums are blooming!

The Geranium Dress sewing pattern has only been around since just before Christmas, so I’m really amazed at the number of beautiful little dresses that you’ve already posted in the flickr pools. Check out these cuties!


(left) Little Geranium Dress, (right) Geranium in Echino Lion

I love the contrast in on these two. See how the polkadot lining is such a playful compliment to the elephants on the bodice? And the green flutter sleeves in the middle make a great trim for the whimsical little girls in the print.


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And what little girl doesn’t need a polkadot dress? I ask you.


Green Polkadots

These two are just so pretty. The blue one in a tunic length is so versatile, and those red pockets really pop!


Top left: blue (front), Top right: red (back), Bottom left: red (back), Bottom right: blue (back)

The soft greens and bright flowers in the dresses below really made me feel like spring is around the corner. Love the embroidery on the top right!


Top left: geranium, Top right: with embroidery, Bottom left: fuscia/gold flowers, Bottom right: flowers & birds

If you haven’t completely swooned from the cuteness yet, take a look at the Geranium Dress Flickr Pool for even more lovely renditions of the pattern. And you can find the pattern here:


or just the Little Geranium here:

little geranium from made by rae