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I last minute decided to make my daughter, Claire, a dress for the 4th of July. In the past I’ve gone really patriotic which is really fun, but this year I decided to make a dress that she could wear for the rest of the summer. I went for navy blue stripes which I think is a classic American look, and added some coordinating floral fabric. It’s so fun! I love it! (I also made a t-shirt for my son Henry, but it turned out too big! So he wore some new RTW blue shorts.)

Sewing for the Girl: Striped and Floral Mori Dress

The coolest thing about this dress is that I used only two fat quarters! It’s a smaller size with no sleeves or ties, so I was able to use two fat quarters. I used this navy and white striped fabric on a fat quarter of basic combed cotton and this gorgeous watercolor floral fabric also on a fat quarter of basic combed cotton. I love how the stripes look next to the floral and how it makes the floral stand out. It’s such a fun summer dress!

Sewing for the Girl: Striped and Floral Mori Dress

I used one of my favorite dress patterns, the Mori Dress & Top. I left off the flutter sleeves and the side ties, and I added some flat white piping in the princess seams. I had to piece the skirt because I had a limited amount of fabric. (I used two fat quarters!) I made a size 12 mos width and 18 mos length. I didn’t hem it because I didn’t have any hem allowance, so I just serged a wide rolled hem. It’s not the best, but I think it looks okay.

Sewing for the Girl: Striped and Floral Mori Dress


I only got one picture of her wearing it; here we are walking to the city parade a couple of blocks from our house. She loved having a new dress! She kept saying “it’s pwetty”, mommy. And it makes me happy when she likes something I make and wants to wear it. She wore it two days in a row (Sunday and Monday) which is a win in my book.

Sewing for the Girl: Striped and Floral Mori Dress

Author: Heather