rainbow birthday dress

October 6th, 2010

Please excuse the crappy photos. It seems it is difficult for me to focus before I’ve had coffee–the camera and otherwise. But hey, a rainbow dress! Finished and on time!

My little girl is five today. It seems a long time ago that we took a tiny little baby home to our Chicago apartment. She’s grown into a very organized kindergartener, prolific artist, helpful big sister and a beautiful little girl. Her favorite colors are pink and rainbow, so of course I had to make a rainbow dress. I had a bunch of ideas about how to make the rainbow all cool and modern, but in the end I just went for straight forward and simple. And she loved it.

The pattern for this dress came from this japanese book (sorry I have no idea what the title is). It’s a clever design: the top has buttons sewn around the hem and the skirt has buttonholes all along the waistband. And now that I’m thinking about it, this would be a great way to repurpose a button up shirt. I might buy a long sleeve shirt and sew buttons on the bottom to turn it into a winter dress, but it will be a while before I have the urge to sew 18 buttons on anything.

How does one accessorize a rainbow dress, you ask? With rainbow tights of course (and red high tops).

Posted in sewing clothes.

21 Responses to rainbow birthday dress

  1. madumali says:

    Oh!! So gorgeous!!! lovely!!

  2. karin says:

    your rainbow dresses are so beautiful.

  3. nath says:

    well, meg, you did it again, what a perfect little dress and happy birthday to your sweet girl!

  4. Ooooo. I love this. And not just for a child. I might try the upper right photo in the collage for myself.

  5. Jessica says:

    adorable! I love rainbow clothes-so happy :D

  6. Wendy says:

    That is so cute! I love it! I also really like the crown you made for her!

    My twin daughters turned six this past Saturday – I’ve had such fun the past few years creating themed birthday parties for them. This year we did a candy shop theme. Gotta do this while we still can – while they still think what we make is cool! :)

  7. Katie says:

    Hope you all had a wonderful birthday!

  8. samlamb says:

    okay, totally cute dress (and i love her choice of tights). there’s just something about rainbows, right?

    and here’s a crazy coincidence – it’s sadie’s birthday today too. october 6th. how funny! all day i’ve been thinking about being in labour six years ago, and here you’ve probably thought back to five years ago. what a funny, funny world.

    (oh, and i’ve taken your advice. not much sewing for me and way more resting. thank you for the reminder!)

  9. Kimberly says:

    It turned out so cute! Happy Birthday!

  10. juniper says:

    Great Dress Meg! Happy birthday to your daughter! My curly girl will be turning 5 in a few weeks, so thank you also for the ideas!

  11. Lavon says:

    This is so cute!

  12. britt says:

    very cool. congrats to you and the little one.

  13. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday to your precious five year old! I love the dress! Hope you guys have a blast with celebrating her wonderful five years!

  14. LiEr says:

    Meg! Brilliant! My middle daughter has been asking for a Rainbow Dress and I’ve been thinking I’ll put aside some time to think of one after her birthday in early Nov. Then you made this and it is perfect! I think she’ll really like the rainbow bands AND rainbow buttons all along the waistband. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. CitricSugar says:

    If I were a little girl, I could NOT think of a better way to dress! Love it!

  16. Marlena says:

    Happy Birthday! What a fantastic idea. And with buttons the colors could rotate. Way cool.

  17. molly says:

    Last year, my daughter teaches me her favorite flavor is “pink”. And now, I learn “rainbow” is a color!! Just lovely, the girl and dress, both.

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  19. Love it! My 4yo’s favourite colours are purple and “rainbow” so I’m sure she’d be wanting both the dress and the tights if I were to show her this post which I won’t because I’m still working on the rainbow quilt I started making for her birthday (which was in July but I had a baby in June so things slowed down around here considerably and I wasn’t fast to begin with).

  20. I love this dress! What ages can this dress be made in? I have a ten year old girl and a two year old one.

    Also, I hope you’ll do this challenge again soon, I would definitely join in next time:)

  21. varenia says:

    love it! isn’t 5 great?!