Monday, February 25, 2013

Without the Rain, There Would Be No Rainbow Dress

Craftiments:  Rainbow striped jumper dress with cloud applique and raindrop shaped beads

I have the attention span of a three year old.  I tried to sew a few pairs of pants for Miss Imp this past weekend, but this bright and cheery rainbow fabric had other plans for me.  I unearthed it while digging through my tote of fabric and all the while I was cutting out pattern pieces, it kept whispering "hey you, make me into something...... come on, you know you want to...... don't worry about those silly pants, you can work on them another will be soooo much fun...."  And that is how Miss JuJu ended up with this happy rainbow jumper dress.  It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day and I have just enough fabric leftover to make a matching skirt for Miss Imp.

I used Bonnie Blue Designs Pattern Number 137 Madison view 1.  The dress is fully lined in white poplin and buttons down the back.

Front of rainbow dress
Back of rainbow dress

For the cloud applique I used knit fabric so I would not have to worry about fraying.  I added rain lines with my sewing machine and sewed on raindrop shaped acrylic beads.  The bead packaging did not specify if they are washer/dryer safe.  I was a little concerned and ended up performing my own tests to be sure.......  10 minutes in boiling water and 30 minutes in the dryer on the high setting..... obviously they passed.

Craftiments:  Closeup of raincloud applique on rainbow striped jumper dress

I absolutely love how this dress turned out!   And in this case at least, I am happy that I am so easily distracted.  Now excuse me, I have some pants to sew.

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  1. Super adorable dress. I love how brightly colored it is. Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  2. So Cute!! And the rain drops are so clever :-)

    I am glad to hear I am not the only one who has conversations with her fabric, lol.

    if I can get my phone to work I am sharing this post!


  3. This is very cute! I love the raindrops. You are very creative. I'd love for you to consider joining our first ever Pattern Party! Those with free patterns to share are invited to link up. Check it out!

  4. This is a lovely and beautiful dress! Wonderful idea the rainbow, the cloud and the rain in one dress! :)

  5. Kristin, that dress is so sweet with the raindrops taking it over the top. Great for St Paddys day and all Spring! :)

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  6. What a funny post and adorable dress. I love that you used knit for the cloud. Brilliant since it won't fray. The beads were an adorable touch for the rain, before I read that part, I assumed you embroidered them. I love the 3 dimensional look they give the dress. Forget about the pants...get started on that skirt :)

  7. I found your blog through the Hookin Up with HoH #137. This is so incredibly cute! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Meg

  8. Pinned! So adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at Whimsy Wednesday!

  9. You and I are on the same wavelength! I am sketching and planning a rainbow dress for my daughter's upcoming rainbow themed birthday party. So cute!! Thanks for linking at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays!

  10. What an adorable dress, and Miss Imp looks absolutely squeezable in it! Love the bright, cheery colors. If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  11. this is so darling! I hope you'll be sharing this at my link party :)

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

    1. oops sorry I'm brain dead I mean to write THANKS for sharing this at my link party it's so stinking cute!

  12. Love it. It's cute. Thanks so much for linking!

  13. This dress is absolutely adorable!

  14. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dress!! Just pinned, although my youngest is 9 and probably wouldn't wear it :( Maybe I could make one in my size ;)

    Just found you on Get Schooled Saturday and added you on G+!


  15. Fabulous! Love how you put the rain drops on the diagonal, perfect! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, you've earned yourself a feature with this one!

  16. Oh wow how amazing is that. Now can you make one big enough for me lol.

  17. What a fun dress! Love it! Jessica (

  18. Totally adorable dress! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  19. Kristin, this dress is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job....I love how it is celebrating spring! You are a very talented seamstress. Thanks for sharing at March Madness! Also, I'd like to share a link to a great project that you may want to participate in.

    Have a great week!


  20. So so so cute!! Thanks so much for linking it up!

    I am featuring it later today on my blog!

  21. Fabulous dress! Love it to bits! I am planning to make "something rainbow" too! I love the added beads! Very clever.

  22. Featuring you tomorrow on my blog and Facebook! Thanks so much for linking on Monday!

  23. Such a beautiful dress! I really love the name of your blog, too.

    Craft E Magee

  24. The dress is really so cute and your idea is great.