Little Girl Last Minute Easter Dresses {A Family Tradition}


Every Easter my mom made me and my sister dresses.  Okay, maybe it wasn’t every Easter, but, from my memory, it seems like that.  So, I know that it must be a special memory, and it’s one I want my girls to have too.  I made Norah a dress last year, and this year I decided to make both girls matching dresses.  The pattern is The Amelia Top by Mama Stallato on Etsy.


The pattern is really for a top {evidenced by the name!}, but I just added some length {and a little bit of flare to Norah’s} to make it more dress length.  I know that Easter isn’t going to be very warm, so they’ll be wearing these with leggings and shirts under them.


I was pleased with how easily this dress sewed up.  While I love dresses with sleeves…I just don’t have time for that sort of thing these days {I’ll leave it to grandma!}, and this style of dress with a yoke and tunic shape is super easy to put together.  Since it isn’t fitted, there isn’t a lot of measuring involved.


Instead of the recommended button holes, I used a piece of Velcro on the dresses.  I stitched it with matching thread {Aurifil 50 wt. color 2435 from Camille’s thread set – which is very handy to have if you sew with a lot of Bonnie &Camille fabrics} and the stitches hardly even show.


I made the 6-9 month size for Lydia and it’s a little big on her, but there will be lots of time for growing into it!


This really is a quick pattern to sew up, so, if you have the fabric already there is still time to make this before Easter!  Or save it for another special occasion.  I think I may make a couple of the top length ones for spring too, since they are so quick.

I’m excited to start some family traditions, and I hope Easter dresses will always be one of them!  Do you have any special traditions for Easter that have been passed on to you {or that you’ve started}?

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  1. says

    They are both so cute and will look adorable on them, I can’t wait to see them in person. I tried to make you and Rachel dresses every Easter and Christmas, but didn’t always have time. I am glad you are keeping up the tradition. I loved every minute of it!!

  2. dannyscotland says

    Love the dresses! Your girls will be super adorable in them. I’m totally with you on the velcro, too! Sometimes I put dresses on my girls and they have buttons up the front or back and I think, “Who wants buttons, which take forever to do up, when there could be snaps? (Or velcro!)” I think this way because my youngest daughter is so squirmy it’s all I can do to get the top button done and she’s off.

    We pretty much do the same things my mom did for my brother and me when we were kids. The Easter Bunny hides eggs (although we can no longer get the marshmallow hiding eggs she used, which were the absolute best thing about Easter, ever) and puts stuff in their baskets. We go to church and do our egg hunt there; and then dinner at my grandmother’s house.

    My little one discovered the mall Easter bunny the other day and is obsessed with him. She said he’s her friend, she wants him to come home with her, and he made her boo-boo better. She is so funny!

  3. says

    oh, that is so sweet. we had many traditions when my kids were little and now that I have a grandson we will have to relive some of them. Like decorating eggs and have a egg hunt.
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