The Coloring Book Dress

This past summer, I picked up several yards of awesome “coloring book” fabric and posted about it on Instagram.   I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it and my new Norah Dress pattern is the perfect way to showcase this awesome fabric.

(if you don’t sew and would like to order a dress from me, check out my limited quantity etsy listing HERE)

While Ainsley was at school this morning, I whipped one up as a surprise…. oh man, she was SO excited when she saw it!   I had it laid out with a ton of permanent fabric markers and she just couldn’t believe that I was going to let her actually color on it.

We sat down together and got to work.   
Filling in all of the pictures was tough work, so she asked for my assistance.  I wasn’t going to at first because I really wanted her to make it herself, but I honestly loved the chance to sit down next to her and enjoy a slow-paced afternoon.   There were lots of giggles and stories told… priceless.

The dress went from this….

…to this!
She was SO proud of her new creation.

The hat was designed and cut all by Ainsley, ha

It was such a fun project and she is going to love wearing this to school next week.  She is so giddy about getting to tell her teachers that her mommy let her draw on her dress 🙂

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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16 Responses to The Coloring Book Dress

  1. gluten free momma October 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I love this so much!! Absolutely adorable

  2. gluten free momma October 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I love this so much!! Absolutely adorable

  3. Dotted Whale October 25, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Oh! This is so great!!

  4. Michelle October 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    This is as close to perfect as I can imagine. It may be worth the four-hour drive to our closest IKEA to buy some of this fabric and replicate this exact dress. Awesome.

  5. Olga Becker @ Kid Approved October 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Wow, Hayley! That’s absolutely adorable! Love the idea!

  6. Yeka October 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    It’s cool! at first, I thought it’s printed fabric 🙂

  7. Pam @Threading My Way October 27, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    What a brilliant idea!!! I’ll be on the lookout for similar fabric.

  8. Rustic Rummage October 27, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! She is such a doll, too. I can’t believe they make fabric like that. That’s crazy!

  9. Linda Lee Steaples October 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    This is so darn FABULOUS!!!!!! I love everything about it!!!!!!! Great work….

  10. Toni Barsi October 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    This is one of the most awesome dresses I’ve ever seen! What little girl wouldn’t love getting to color their own wardrobe? Heck, I’d even make a purse out of that fabric for myself! So cool!

  11. Valentina Duracinsky October 28, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    How lovely!

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  12. Kimberly November 27, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Such a great dress! I am going to be making bags for my nieces and nephews with this fabric for Christmas and I would love to know what marker’s you used.

  13. Laura June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    I am late to the party! I just cut out this dress to made in this fabric. Except the lining will be red. Too cute!

  14. Ann May 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    I will be making this and I was wondering what markers you used and if you treated the dress in anway after coloring to set the colors!

    • Hayley June 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Nope, as long as you use permanent fabric markers, you are good to go! You can always toss it into a hot dryer to heat set, if you are concerned


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