Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kerttu -- Little Summer Dress

The dress is "Kerttu" from the 1/2009 issue of Ottobre. It was meant to be tunic length, but I made it into a dress for little Miss Emily, who by the way, will turn 4 years old next week.

When I first saw this pattern in the magazine, it did not appeal to me, especially as shown as tunic length. After seeing a few other photos made up in dress length, it came to me that this pattern would be perfect for a loose, cool, and comfortable dress for Emily during the coming hot Oklahoma summer. (For other pictures, search "kerttu tunic" or "kerttu ottobre" on

In a size 98, the dress is plenty big enough for Emily. The floral fabric is a poly/cotton blend, the weight of broadcloth with a tight weave. The turquoise gingham has been in my fabric collection for at least 20 years. As one person on Pattern Review commented, "
the gingham waited 20 years to find it's floral mate." I like that!

The full review can be found
here at

Cocoa, one of the resident Border Collie dogs wanted some attention.

The photo in the Ottobre magazine:


  1. Absolutely adorable. If I had a girl, I would have tried to duplicate what you did!

  2. Perfect summer dress! I agree your dress version is much more appealing than the tunic. I may relook at that pattern. I never thought of this as a summer outfit.

  3. That's are really cute dress. Good idea on lengthening that tunic. I going to get my first chidlren's issue of Ottobre soon, so I am looking forward to trying some patterns.

  4. This is darling. I love the colors and the shape is really cute. Precious cute girly too.


  5. I love your version! Beautiful combination of fabrics :-)

  6. I can't believe that is the same dress, your version is so much better. Darling dress, great job.

  7. Aw, that's the cutest little girl dress I have ever seen!! You sew AWESOME!!!


    (Ellen's fried, or Kristin's sister)

  8. So precious! Dress and little girl!