Oh my darlin’






After I finished this dress yesterday I surveyed my handiwork and thought, I think I’ve finally achieved what I set out to do here. I can quit now, right? My work here is done. It’s my own little clementine fabric design in my own (spectacularly popular, still have to pinch myself sometimes) Geranium Dress pattern, on my own little Clementine herself. And now it’s on my own little blog. Done and done. Time for my retirement partay!?! Yeah…kidding. I love it too much.


As you can see the corduroy is incredibly sweet and lightweight enough for a dress. She’s already decided it will be her birthday dress in July, so I suggested that we have a clementine-themed birthday party and to my utter delight she was on board. Her birthday is still four months out, however, so let’s be realistic: the chances of her changing her mind and requesting a Rainbow Dash or Elsa (GAH, kill me now) themed party are pretty high. But one can hope, right?


The dress is a mashup of the Geranium Sewing Pattern: View A with pom-pom trim added (see my tutorial on Adding Trim to Geranium for instructions) with a View B skirt so as to include the inseam pockets, but instead of pleating the top of the skirt it’s just gathered between the outer pleat marks. Easy peasey, Clementine squeezey. Or something like that. Also: she’s finally in a size 6 (waaaah!!), so I’m super glad we decided to make this pattern go up to a size 12. The girl is TALL like her momma. And weird.



My Small World fabrics are printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now! This post is part of the “It’s A Small World (blog tour), after all” Blog Tour. The redundancy of that sentence is amusing me. Stay tuned for more posts this week showing off these fun and springy fabrics!



38 thoughts on “Oh my darlin’

  1. this is so gorgeous & your daughter looks so happy to be wearing it, no wonder, fabric named after you- how cool is that! I bought some of this & the 2 sausage dog prints, can’t wait to use them!

  2. That dress is adorable on Clementine! I love the pom pom trim and the fabric is just so much fun. I can’t wait to see the other creations on the blog tour!

  3. Oh my, that dress is simply wonderful. This also is my fav print of your line. And now that I see that it drapes nicely and is actually suitable for summer, it’s even more tempting…

    • yes, it’s actually surprisingly quite light. Not heavy at all — about the same as quilting cotton, actually. πŸ™‚

  4. RAE! Look at her – so adorable! The dress is darling, too. I’ve been wondering about the corduroy for summer wear. No one local is carrying it so I can’t touch and feel. I’d love it if you would tell me how lightweight it is and twist my arm into making a lemon skirt for myself. πŸ˜‰

    • oh haha, yes it is actually quite light — I wouldn’t say it’s like a lawn but it’s definitely on par with quilting cotton in terms of weight… maybe just *slightly* heavier. πŸ™‚

  5. Rae! Gorgeous! Both the girl and the fabric! Congratulations on your new line! It’s brilliant – it’s hard to pick a favorite among the eight, but it/they might have to be the houses and this clementine one. See – told you it was hard to just pick one!

  6. The whole Clementine in clementine dress at clementine party undoubtedly eating a clementine cupcake will surely receive the Martha Stewart Unbearable Perfection of Thematic Saturation Award. You do not have my permission to retire.

  7. The Geranium dress was the first pattern i bought 2 years ago and i still use it regulary (about 5 times a year or more :-)). I think it’s my most used pattern. The fit is awesome, the possibilities endless… love love love it.
    Congrats on the fabrics πŸ˜‰

  8. you certainly could retire on this perfection (but we would miss you too much!) thank you for creating such amazing things and providing such inspiration!

  9. When my kids agree to a party theme I like, I IMMEDIATELY go buy a few things for the theme, even if we’re many months out. Then when they try to change their minds, I tell them it’s too late since I already spent money. Mom tricks, y’all! πŸ™‚

  10. Rae, I totally just did this with the B skirt of the geranium dress but paired with the Hanimi bodice and collar! Haven’t blogged it yet though because I’ve been a bad blogger these days. 5 kids, what can I say?

    I love this dress and this collection. I thought Indigo might be too big for a Geranium but this is really cute. May have to copy.

    Have I ever told you that Clementine was on our girls’ name short list. Dan vetoed it. Because of the song. (But he was okay with Hey Jude??!!) I still love that name!

    • we sing the song ALL the time!! and there’s nothing cuter than when Clementine learned how to play it on the lap harp. I have a video. I should IG it… πŸ™‚

      Also: can’t wait to see the dress!!! Bad blogger?! You’re crazy! 5 kids is a great excuse not to blog!

  11. I am in LOVE with this dress. Love the print, the style, pompoms…absolutely perfect! I did not know corduroy can be light-weight and good for spring/summer!

  12. total trifecta!!!! love your new fabric line! It’s all so perfectly cheerful! And the clementines on Clementine in the geranium is just priceless!! Oh, and pompoms! πŸ™‚

  13. this is the sweetest, happiest little dress. Fingers crossed from the clementine themed party. Elsa is pretty much not in season in July anyway.

  14. The dress and fabric is adorable (your daughter too of course)! I need to make one for my daughter too πŸ™‚

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