The Geranium dress

I must be the only person on the internet that hadn’t made this dress until now, so I present: the Geranium dress (Made by Rae pattern). So its a good thing that this should be one of my final “makes” for 2014.

The pattern comes highly recommended on many, many sewing blogs and with good reason: there are no set in sleeves but cap sleeves that are created when the bodice is cut; the bodice is neatly lined in a fashion familiar to anyone who has made the Oliver and S bubble dress. It also has a number of options suggested to customise whether its a gathered or pleated skirt, sleeveless or cap sleeves etc… in that sense it is a fabulous pattern. If you only had a handful of little girl designs in your stash, this would definitely stretch to accommodate a number of pretty Summer dresses that you might want to to make. It is relatively quick. It is relatively easy. These factors alone seem to be enough to have earned the pattern a huge following. It is not (I don’t think) a ground breaking design, its not fussy or complicated… but it is accessible to most sewers with such a pretty outcome. I think thats why it has become so loved.


My version is in a Liberty floral with the cap sleeves, 3-6 month size with a green peekaboo ric-rac trim, made in a way I had seen on various kids clothes websites and that I had been itching to try. I think it works?

Perfect for my baby girl over the holidays, when she isn’t kicking around in the two versions of the custom lace trim pantaloons I made her. Incidentally, those Liberty lawn pantaloons are two of my favourite garments in her wardrobe and are constant, high rotation! Perfect with one of the many bodysuits and the ruffles at the bottom keep her feet from being burnt in the car capsule when we are driving around – and no need for socks in our hot Summer weather. So love them!

Want to make your own geranium dress and looking for inspiration? Here are some links to other cute geranium dresses made up and photographed for the web: here, here and here.

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