Almost here: Geranium Dress!

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!

36 thoughts on “Almost here: Geranium Dress!

  1. 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

    • 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.


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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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 😉

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

    • 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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