Little Hawaiian Dress

So here’s one from July when we went to Kauai.  Oh wait, did I tell you we went to Kauai back in July??  Well we did!  For a week.  And it was the best vacation EVER.  We hung out at the beach and ate fresh fruit ALL. DAY. LONG.  I mean, I don’t think it can get any better than that.  It was our first time going to Kauai and it was soooooo beautiful.  Truly truly gorgeous.

Anyways, my mom had brought me some fabric from Hawaii from one of her previous trips (her family is partially from Hawaii so she goes every year) and I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to use some of it.  I wanted to make her a little dress to wear on the beach so we could pretend she was a little Hawaiian girl (like a little Hawaiian girl would be wearing a dress like this, while her weirdo mom snapped a bunch of photos of her on the beach – yeah . . . not a tourist at all).

I liked this simple yellow fabric with leis on it – not too gaudy or over the top.

The construction of this dress is a little funky.  I made it right after I made my Washi in Blue and I was super pumped about my mad shirring skills, so I was determined to use them here for the bodice.  But then I decided I wanted to add a ruffle around the top too and that’s where it all got crazy.  If I had planned on doing the ruffle from the beginning, I probably would have just done a simple elastic casing, but since I didn’t really think it through, I tried to shir a bunch of ruffled layers together and let me tell you, it doesn’t work.  So that’s why the top of the dress is a bit wavy, but overall I got the little sundress I imagined.

Besides the shirred ruffled top of the dress, the body is a simple rectangle, with ties for straps.

This girl was in paradise.  I swear she could live on the beach and never leave.

And you know, I wasn’t complaining much either . . . :)

In more current news, I’m starting to nail down my to do list for KCWC.  I’m pretty excited about it, but I haven’t even gotten my fabric or done any prepping or cutting yet.  I am psyched to hit the thrift store and fabric store today for some material.  You getting ready?

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12 thoughts on “Little Hawaiian Dress

  1. Cute dress! My daughter and family just relocated to Oahu, they are military and will be there for three years. We are planning a trip to Oahu and I hope to find fabric stores like you showed from your trip to Kauai, because my 2 year old granddaughter keeps askin for”Ha-Wa” dresses:) apparently I am choosing the wrong fabric:)

  2. Em was the same way during our trip – Hawaii just seemed to agree with her, and it was definitely hard to come back to reality! This dress is PERFECT on Yuki! Hope your 90 degree SF weather continues so she gets plenty of use out of it. ;)

  3. cherie, what a wonderful beach dress for your little beach girl! i have two made- in- hawaii dresses that fit me perfectly, and was thinking of sending them to jude to sell, one a hibiscus print on turq., the other black w pink florals. mint condition. the fabric is so luxurious. if they don’t sell on etsy or thru jude, you may have them for yuki dresses!i just love your blog, and you three too!

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  5. I wanted you to know how much I love your blog! I just shared a link to your blog (on my blog) and a link for the KCWC….cause I’m in too! :) You do such awesome work with your daughter’s clothing. I love it.

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