Summer Sunflower Dress

After a heavy rainfall that lasted a few days during the end of last week, this weekend offered nice weather for the children to play outside.

I myself have done a little bit of sewing – I made Ronja a summer dress from the latest Ottobre. It’s called the three-way dress.

Sunflower Summer Dress

Actually in my version, it’s going to be a two-way dress, because I’m not too much into the third version that has unattached sleeves, but I am going to make the little wing-like sleeves in the second version to attach to the ribbon. However, I ran out of the kid check fabric from Michael Miller, so now I’ve ordered some more – I’ll finish when it arrives. In the meantime it’ll be a one-way dress…  😉

Sunflower Summer Dress

I have to tell you about the fabric, because I think it’s gorgeous – I got it from on sale, it’s designed by Jane Sassaman, and comes from a line called Prairie Gothic. There are several colourways, but this is my favourite – no question. I hope Ronja will find it girly enough.

Also I promised you pictures of Frida wearing her chicken-pants, so I got some yesterday. They have been washed and sun-dried already, and this must be the fourth day of wear for these pants.

Frida with the peonies

The peonies didn’t take the rain very well – the flowers are way too heavy to endure an attack like that, so they are almost flat on the ground now. I’m sure Frida is trying to make them better here…

Frida with the peonies

A few days ago, I received a package from a very dear blogging friend of mine. She had seen the most recent issue of the Dutch children’s pattern magazine Knippie, and thought that I would like it.


And I do – it has some wonderful patterns, and I will definitely be making some of the stuff in there. I’ll probably need her help for a bit of translating, and perhaps my Dutch sister-in-law will be able to help me too. Also the card and the little tissue holder that came with the magazine are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Mirre!


  1. dana says:

    Beautiful! I have had a very similar pattern in my mind for a summer shirt! Now I really feel inspired to make it.
    As always, I love stopping by here.

  2. Lara says:

    Astrid, I love everything that you make! Although I don’t comment as often as I should, I am always pleased when my blog reader shows that you have a new post! The dress and the pants are extremely lovely.

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Astrid,

    I’ve been following your blog for a short timne and your sewing is beautiful! I just received my Ottobre mag and will be making this dress when the weather starts to warm up here.

    You’ve done a beautiful job,

    Karen (in Australia)

  4. Millie says:

    Just had a look at the rest of the fabric range,it is really beautiful. I really like the one that looks like ‘Love-in-a-mist’flowers.The dress is lovely.Just the right combination. I love the trousers modeled next to the matching peonies.Good luck with Knippie, I have a dutch friend who has used it for years.

  5. Astrid says:

    Dana – this dress is so simple, so you should go right ahead! Thank you, girl – I always love your comments! 🙂

    Lara – Thank you so much! I appreciate it! 😉

    Karen – Thanks – and welcome here! 🙂 Good luck on the sewing, this dress is a wonderful and not too demanding project!

    Mirre – thank you, I love the fabric as well! And the Knippie is great, I have my eye set on several things that I want do try. You are the sweetest! 🙂

    Trudy – thank you so much! I purchase most of my fabric from the US, since fabric is rather expensive in Denmark – especially the fabric I want. I found this at I seem to be picking up creativity everywhere on the internet, and if my readers find inspiration here, that’s just amazing! Thanks! 😉

    Millie – yes, it is beautiful – and quite different too! Thank you! 🙂

    Teri – thanks a bunch! 🙂

  6. Anne Dorte Johanson says:

    Super sød kjole. Mit håndarbejdshjerte bliver så lykkeligt når jeg ser hvor fint du har fået stoffets mønster til at passe midt på kjolen. Altid en fornøjelse at læse din blog.

  7. CreatureofHabit says:

    Damn you and your photos! I love that fabric!!!! 🙂 I’m not supposed to be spending for a while, but this is just too tempting!

    ps- the little chicken pants are priceless. So, so cute!

  8. Hanne says:

    Hvor godt, at du nu har fået fat i Knippie. Jeg har nogle gamle numre, men min stof-pusher i Flensborg var blevet til en parfumebutik sidst vi kom forbi, så nu er min Knippie-forsyningslinie brudt sammen.
    De laver supersøde ting og gode mønstre – glæd dig:-)

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