This last year I began to notice the most beautiful dresses for girls showing up in my instagram feed. They had some really fun details and were made in the most beautiful fabrics, and some had gorgeous flowing skirts that just begged for the prettiest fabric in your stash. And they weren't just popping up from one maker, but from lots of makers all over instagram. I instantly fell in love and became totally obsessed with these dresses and had to find out who this pattern maker was. That's how I came to know Katie Skoog and The Simple Life Pattern Company. She stormed onto the sewing scene and in the last few years has become a beloved pattern designer for so many growing her company to include a several designers.
She has a crazy eye for stylish designs and can really pick some great fabrics. If I sound like a total fan girl, that's because I am. It's not that often that a designer makes me want to sew almost all their patterns, but The Simple Life Pattern Company is really THAT good!
I sewed an earlier version of these dresses for my girls and they are literally their favorite dresses, which hardly happens for me anymore. We have now reached the stage where they have to approve the whole design process (pattern picking an all) or they just won't wear it. Which is totally frustrating after you just spent 4 hours sewing them a new dress. I know I am preaching to to choir hear ;) Can I get an amen?!
Anyways, one day I will get some pics of those dresses, but in the mean time I have two cutest pink dresses that I made for Valentine's Day. I actually took these pictures before Valentines Day, would you believe that I'm just getting around to posting them?! Well, obviously yes.
My kiddos were particularly happy about the fabric choice; Unicorns for Ava my younger one who is obsessed right now.
And the Magical Parade border print with dragons, crown, unicorns and everything magical. Plus pink, they are both totally girly and love pink.
For the McKenna's dress with the magical border print I used this awesome love text fabric. It was just so Valentines that I had to. I liked the contrast of the pink with the black and white. I also added that last of some vintage lace trim to the hem.
The pattern is the super popular Molly Scoop Collar Dress. I just love the back of this dress.
For Ava's unicorn dress I used Sophie's V and Scoop back pattern and added flutter sleeves instead of ruffle sleeves.
Ava decided she would rather have a scoop back instead of the V back this time to be like her sister. They are so sweet when they are getting along.
She also wanted ruffles! So I went with the ruffle hem making it a twirly dress.
And of course the dresses need heart buttons, right?! I scored a huge pack of them in a variety of shades on Amazon.
When I was at the grocery store that day I saw so many pretty tulips and knew that they would be perfect for the the photo shoot. Plus, what girl doesn't love flowers. And they didn't even fight over who got which color. Phew.
I also added some heart buttons right under the collar for a little sweetness.
It was about near impossible to get any good pictures of them together. The bugs that day were awful and just about every other picture some one had their eyes closed or was swatting a bug. Ugh. But they totally toughed it out (okay I bribed them with $5) and the pictures turned out adorable. I plan to add these to my calendar project at the end of the year. I still need to take some for May, but it is a great way to push myself to document the year since these girls change so fast. I love seeing them in mommy made dresses and hope they will treasure these pictures one day.