An Autumn Frock

Every now and then I try something new and the outcome is wonderful! This is one of those projects.


I came back from a very long vacation feeling ready for our autumn routines. Having new fabric and supplies at hand I re-organized and browsed until I happened upon this combination (which I ran by some friends to be sure they worked well together).

I used a Simplicity pattern (which also has a matching doll pattern — too cute) and all the while wondered if the final dress would be a little country.


Somehow the floral and gold works quite well together and is just the perfect transition dress from summer into Autumn.

I love all the different angles on this dress.





The details on this dress is where all the work went in. The collar, tiny pockets, flutter sleeves, buttons, elastic, three tiers of skirt… it just went on and on, so I gave myself lots of time to sew it up (3 days) and just enjoyed the process.

The twirl factor on this dress is appreciated by my daughter; although she was a little disappointed by the lack of pockets…




Overall this was a winner!

More Details:

Simplicity D0684  (optional doll size which I purchased for later years)

Top Fabric: gold/yellow cotton-poly mix  $2 yrd at the market

Skirt Fabric: floral hand-me-down that couldn’t find a home  Free


Thanks for taking a look!!







Holiday Wrap Up

I would love to share my holiday outfit with everyone. I hadn’t known what I was going to sew up until I stumbled upon the pattern and the fabric weeks before Christmas; but I instantly fell in love with these dark poinsettias and paired it with a Butterick  6168.


I really, really love the modern aspects of this pattern. It looks so good as a tunic or dress. I will be planning many spring dresses in this style!


I didn’t make a muslin as I had told myself I would but it worked out fine. The fit is pretty good so there was no need to even worry about a “something I should do”… there is enough stress at the holidays.

I do remember the zipper being inserted a few times although there is no way you could tell with all the busiest of this fabric. I sized it an 8 (bust), 10 (waist), and 12 (hips).


A little twirling never hurt anybody!

I had a fun and festive holiday, even while fighting off a bit of flu, and I hope everyone else fared as well!

Take care into 2017!!

– Laura


PS. My fabulous photography cutesy of Anna Caitlin Photography. I am in love with her work and how she can transform our family into legitimate starlets…