This sweet Little Red Riding Hood Dress was made using a Simplicity pattern and fabric from Stacy Iest Hsu. A red hooded cardigan sweater finishes off the outfit.
A few months ago I made this Little Red Riding Hood dress for my daughter and I am so happy with how it turned out! The fabric is Lil’ Red by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics. I found several coordinating fabrics in the collection, but I just purchased this one and knew it would make an adorable little dress! The collection also comes with fabric to make a matching doll and wolf which I think would be adorable!
After purchasing the Lil’ Red fabric, I found the cutest red-hooded baby cardigan at Target. It is the perfect match to the fabric and makes an adorable outfit! You could also make a sweet little handmade cape or poncho to go with the dress.
I created this dress using the Simplicity 1205 Baby Dress and Bloomers Sewing Pattern. It’s a great pattern for sewing cute baby and toddler dresses. I used this same pattern to make my Little Black Cat Dress and Choo Choo Train Dress.
For this Little Red dress, I made a few changes to the pattern. The biggest change I made was combining the two front bodice pieces to be just one piece.
Next, to make the skirt extra full, I added about 4″ to the width of the skirt pattern and a layer of tulle underneath to give the skirt more volume. I also love adding a little cording at the waistline. For this dress I added a red cording when as I attached the skirt to the bodice.
The flutter sleeves are my favorite part of this pattern since they don’t restrict my daughter’s range of motion like puff sleeves do.
I never think to take a picture of the inside of the dress, but I actually remembered this time! I prefer making dresses with lining, especially for the bodice. The neck and arm holes have a cleaner look, and it’s easier and quicker than dealing with bias binding. If a pattern doesn’t call for lining I will usually add it in. I use a thin cotton fabric for my lining, and most of the time I am just lining the bodice.
This dress has been getting lots of wear since autumn. My daughter wears it over a light pink GapKids onesie that has a little Peter Pan collar. The Lil’ Red fabric has pink in it and the onesie helps pick it up. The Lil’Red fabric collection also comes with fabric to make a little doll which I think would be adorable
Check out the other two dresses I have made using the Simplicity 1205 Pattern!
Coming up in March, I’ll be sewing a couple new dresses for my daughter. I’ll be trying out some new patterns and styles and will be sure to share the finished dresses!