Just had to show you: Rainbow Dress

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.

84 thoughts on “Just had to show you: Rainbow Dress

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Oh!
    It *is* beautiful.
    And colorful.
    And that last pic just made me burst out in laughter! πŸ˜€

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

  6. 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 πŸ™‚

  7. 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 πŸ™‚

  8. 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 πŸ™‚

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

    • 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!!!

  13. 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?)

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

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

    • aw love that Beth!! Awesome cake! I’m always so impressed with those layer-upon-layer cakes. πŸ™‚

    • That cake looks awesome…I now feel an urge to buy some cake lunchtime, thought it won’t be as exciting πŸ™

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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.

  25. 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!.

  26. 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!

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