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I’m trying to eek out a few more clothes for the girls while I:
a) still feel inspired to make things for them and
b) before summer slips away and it’s fall before I know it

Almost every morning it’s a struggle to get them dressed and it’s so weird, but Natalie almost always picks something that matches what Emily is wearing that day.  Dress and dress, skirt and skirt, you get the picture.  I guess Emily’s a born leader, I’ll have to let you know how that pans out.

So obviously a dress for each of them in the same style was completely necessary.  I’m sure they would have loved me to make something exactly the same (never would have thought that!), but I just can’t bring myself to do it. So I won’t – probably ever.

I used Lil Blue Boo‘s Sundress Tutorial. It’s so sweet and simple, and I knew the girls would love to twirl in them.

Love me a pretty summer dress.  ♥


Fabrics: red dress is a mystery print by Bernatex and Hugs and Kisses in Pink and Lime by Anna Maria Horner – Loulouthi.
Blue dress: Loulouthi Buoyancy in Deep by Anna Maria Horner, Kona cotton in coal.

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39 Responses to sundresses

  1. Libby 07.27.2011 at 12:17 pm #

    These are gorgeous–beautiful fabrics. I want one in my size!

  2. Ruth 07.27.2011 at 12:24 pm #

    These dresses are both utterly lovely! The fabric choices are really great, and the animation is fab!

  3. linda 07.27.2011 at 12:38 pm #

    the girls look gorgeous in these dresses the fabric is lovely and i love the last pic :))

  4. Sasha 07.27.2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Adorable!!! The girls look so cute!!!!!!

  5. Little Bluebell (Adrianne) 07.27.2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Great pics Anna. The girls look so cute! I love the sundresses. I think Hannah needs one too. Like you say, before summer turns to fall.

    I’ve got inspiration, fabric, a great tutorial…. now I just need some sewing time.

  6. amy 07.27.2011 at 1:13 pm #

    So cute!! It looks like a really comfy dress! I need to get started on some clothes for preschool (they will both be there this year, yippee!!!!).

  7. Carolyn 07.27.2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Gorgeous little dresses! I love the fabrics that you chose and their faces are just adorable!

  8. Maureen Cracknell Handmade 07.27.2011 at 1:59 pm #

    So, so pretty!!! I have to know how you did that with your last photo!!!???

    I love that puddle pic, too — so cute!

  9. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 07.27.2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Such adorable little girls and dresses!

  10. Laura B 07.27.2011 at 2:24 pm #

    So cute! But now I’ve got two more things to add to my to-do list for my girls.

  11. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 07.27.2011 at 2:36 pm #

    aren’t they just adorable! There’s nothing quite like a new summer’s dress :-)

  12. M 07.27.2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Enjoy this while it happens. My girls used to be just like this. I loved making them matching outfits especially cute little dresses. Now my oldest who is 6 weeks away from 13 is way too cool to let her little sister dress like her. It goes by so fast. Enjoy your little ones. They are adorable.

  13. Dalya 07.27.2011 at 3:44 pm #

    So cute! Awesome fabric combination! Your daughters are so adorable and that animation screams cuteness! ;D

  14. Gingercake 07.27.2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Wonderful! My girls are the same- big one sets the tone for the day. I don’t like matchy matchy either- I’ll have to try these out! that last thing with the movement is so cool! Great job here.

  15. Emily 07.27.2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Fun dresses and pictures!! They will also be cute in the fall layered over a white turtleneck. . . . :)

  16. kristin 07.27.2011 at 5:21 pm #

    the dresses are so cute! great colors. your girls look so fun, too – i love the crazy hair while they’re spinning around.

  17. WandaFish 07.27.2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Beautiful dresses and adorable models! I particularly love the buoyancy print dress :)

  18. meg 07.27.2011 at 8:00 pm #

    how funny, I just made an animated gif of a dress I made! Though yours is much nicer. That sundress is on my list as well. Great minds…

  19. Cindy 07.27.2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Adorable dresses!! Looks like they love them too! :)

  20. Alexis 07.27.2011 at 9:47 pm #

    They are lovely (dresses and the girls!) not seen that tutorial before but I’ll definitely be trying it out!!

  21. Nandini 07.27.2011 at 10:31 pm #

    love, Love, LOVE that last picture :)

  22. ayumills 07.27.2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Darling! Those dresses look amazing on them and they look so happy! They’ll treasure these dresses forever and these pictures too – so beautifully full of memories!

  23. c-Mo Love! 07.27.2011 at 11:32 pm #


  24. Mstitch 07.28.2011 at 1:10 am #

    These dresses are so qute! I like to visit your blog!

  25. Andreja 07.28.2011 at 3:18 am #

    Really nice dresses and your girls are so sweet♥

  26. Delia 07.28.2011 at 11:13 am #

    I love these pictures. Your girls are so spunky and cute. The dresses are so beautiful too!

  27. Rachel Hauser 07.28.2011 at 1:06 pm #

    These posts always make me smile. Thank goodness for sweet little girls!

  28. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 07.29.2011 at 12:33 am #

    This is quite possibly the most fun post ever. Awesome photos and animation, not to mention the dresses are pretty sweet, too :)

  29. Emily Elizabeth 07.29.2011 at 1:26 am #

    Lovely dresses – and yes, after glancing at the tutorial – soooo simple! Love the little animation at the end!

  30. Maxabella 07.29.2011 at 3:51 am #

    Ah, sooo pretty! Soon it will be sundress time again for us. x

  31. tweal 07.29.2011 at 7:06 am #

    Lovely dresses, and great photos too!

  32. Lily Razz 07.29.2011 at 3:50 pm #

    These girls are having so much fun, I love it! Thanks for posting this post and these pictures! You’ve done a great job making thõse dresses!

  33. 07.29.2011 at 11:40 pm #

    The dresses are so cute, but the girls are ADORABLE! Love the photos! Thanks!

  34. Steffanie 07.31.2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Darling dresses and girls! And the motion pic at the end is AWESOME!

  35. Shawneecj 08.02.2011 at 10:02 am #

    Dear Anna: I love your choice of fabrics and the combination of same. You inspire me.

    May I ask where you bought the newsprint; i.e., lettered fabric?
    Thanks so much


  36. Anna 08.02.2011 at 2:21 pm #

    hey carole,
    I think the fabric you’re referring to is:

    looks like they’re already sold out of the black/white…

  37. Lydia 08.02.2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I LOVE these photos of the girls, they are so beautiful, cute & funny! Love their expressions! And the dresses are absolutely wonderful…I want one of my own! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

  38. Vicky 08.03.2011 at 7:44 am #

    Sweet photos of sweet girls in gorgeous dresses. x

  39. a little sewing 08.03.2011 at 7:50 am #

    gorgeous little dresses! You selected such cute prints that work beautifully together.

    I also love the “slideshow” effect with the girls running. How did you do that?
    Lovely blog :)

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