Friday Finds - Beautiful Handmade Dresses

June 24, 2011

We are heading up to Cape Cod next week for a quick 4th of July getaway and then we are going up again in August like we do each summer. We all look forward to the carefree days with our family sitting at the waters edge with the sun beating down on us and the sand at our feet. We have our annual traditions and the things we do each year when we of which is the sunset photoshoot on the beach.

I started to think about what I wanted to dress everyone in a few weeks ago.
3 years ago, I chose the white dress look.
2 yeasrs ago, I went with light pink and lime green
and last year, I chose Denim and Khaki.

In my travels, I have kept my eyes open for anything that might work, but nothing has really struck me as a WOW.... I have seen a lot of maybes, but not "the dress" or "the outfit".

Then I saw on facebook that my friend Robin at Red Thread Stitches was sewing and taking new orders again, so I popped over to her website and really loved what I I reached out to her and explained that I was looking to get the girls something coordinating, but not exactly matching.

Robin responded right away and said she would LOVE to make the girls something. I kind of had some specific colors and ideas in my head and Robin suggested that I go and search for a few fabrics. She sent me a link and suggested a specific fabric designer to help narrow the selection....... it is good thing she did because it is OVERWHELMING to look at 100's of tiny squares of colors and patterns and try to choose.

I think I hit the second or third page of fabric swatches and I knew I had found what I was looking for and started emailing the fabrics to Robin.
5 prints Blogs
She ordered these five beautiful fabrics.....

Caiti WINNER blog
and after a long night of deliberating back and forth via email{Robin, you are a saint to have put up with all of my requests and fabric combos}, we selected these three fabrics to be used in the dress combinations!

Sarah's Dress Collage
I chose Robin's new version of the pillowcase dress for Sarah in the damask print with the floral band across the bottom.

Reagan's Dress Collage
For Reagan, I chose what Robin calls her "Caiti" Dress......with an adorable pair of bloomers to go underneath!

Beach Dresses 2011 BLOG
The end result..... two beautifully made, coordinating dresses!
I practically screamed out loud the other morning when I opened my email and saw the photo Robin sent me of the two gorgeous dresses side by side. I was completely blown away by her creations and her talent. I am totally thrilled with the way they turned out and cannot wait to see Sarah and Reagan wearing them as they run around the beaches of Cape Cod.

If you are looking for something beautiful, unique, and extremely well made, then Robin is definitely your girl!!

If you like{or love}these dresses and want to place an order, you can email Robin at You can also visit her website by clicking HERE to view more of her creations.

Robin is also a China Adoptive Mom and has spent the past few years of her life sewing to raise money to bring her children home from China. Trust me when I say that she is a remarkable woman with a heart made of gold.


Sharon said...

So cute! I can't wait to see the end result. I bet your family photos will be amazing! Have a great extra long 4th of July weekend : )

Jodee said...

Great fabric combos! These dresses will be perfect for your annual beach pictures! I bet you can't get there quick enough!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Jboo said...

Wow -- beautiful fabrics and gorgeous dresses! Can't wait to see your beach photos! TGIF! :)


Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

REALLY beautiful!

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

Gorgeous and know the beach photos will be amazing!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE Robin's work and hope someday to order as well!!! Wonder what she could whip up Will. LOL

Caseybumpinalong said... These are absolutely adorable!

redmaryjanes said...

Robin makes beautiful children's clothing. She has made several pieces for Sophia. They are beautiful and wear very well. LOVE your fabric choices.

jennifer said...

These are gorgeous!!!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

being talented, lovely and sweet are only a very few of Robin's qualities. These are stunning.


Jo said...

The new dresses are SO cute! The little ladies will be adorable in their new frocks. Robin is one talented lady.

Have a great time in the Cape ~ I'm crossing my fingers for no rain!


Anonymous said...

OMG I love Amy Butler!!! I have made so many dresses for the girls out of her fabrics- and aher "Sexy Hexy" quilt for our bed as well as a "waiting" quilt for our Jiangsu Jellybean. She is one of my favorite designers (besides Heather Bailey). Excellent choice!

Ginny said...

Stunning. I agree Robin is amazing

Dita said...

These dresses are absolutely stunning and I can see them on the girls just looking at them on the hanger. Robin's work is so gorgeous. I love everything she does and her talent seems to know no bounds. Everything Robin touches is done with love....her sewing, her heart for children and adoption, her reaching out to help others in need, her boundless love for her family and the kindness of her words on any given day. She stands in a category all her own! So glad you two very special friends have become friends to one another too! xoxox Dita

Carolin said...

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.!!!! Can't wait to see the Cape Cod pix!

Briana's Mom said...

STUNNING!!! The girls will look absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love Robin and all her amazing creations. Bri has a few in closet. Can you tell I am a big fan? :D

DiJo said...

Thanks for adding to my Emme Jade shopping addiction!!!! I just emailed Robin! These are so gorgeous and I can't wait to see the beach photos!
What a blessing to have The Cape on your calendar for two trips... Yep, I am envious!!!!! I got a special email two nights ago that led me to Facebook... Reminds me of your connection for Reagan. Check out the pics!


Tina said...

I think I just screamed out loud for 2 reasons. One because those dresses are amazing &'s on mY TO DO one day visit Cape Cod.

Be safe!

Jill Samter Photography said...

OK, those are beyond gorgeous! Your girls are going to look amazing in them! Can't wait to see the final shots :-D

Have a great trip and enjoy your family time!

I'm taking the kids to VA Beach next month and I can't wait. I will be bringing along matching things as well :-D Hello Christmas Card shot - HOPEFULLY!

Love and hugs!

Jill Samter Photography said...

forgot to say love the new blog look! :-D

the meaklims said...

Ohhhh Cape Cod. *dreamy eyes* I love the look of Cape Cod, I definitely have to go sometime!

And these dresses are so precious. Robin is an incredible woman, truly, I don't think I know another woman like her that has such a huge loving and giving heart. Her girls are so so beautiful and her sewing skills are second to none.

I can totally see your girls running along the beach in these dresses!


Diane said...

Lisa, thanks so much for sharing with us! I've been emailing Robin this afternoon and placing my order!! She thinks she can have our dresses mailed to us before we leave on our summer vacation.

She sounds like a sweetie:)


BA said...

I'm feeling a little boring packing my white dresses for beach pictures!!!! these are Gorgeous!!!! We will be in Nantucket 6/25-72--If you take the ferry over for a day trip---call me on my cell!!!

likeschocolate said...

Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to begin shopping.

Amie said...

OMWord. LOVE! gorgeous!

Hope y'all have a relaxing time together next week!


Football and Fried Rice said...

They are DARLING!!! Cant wait to see the girls in them!!

And pretzel cones? No, but i want one really bad now!!! They look amazing!

Have a great weekend getaway!!

Macladie said...

Darling dresses! Do you have coordinating shirt or shorts for your son? The teal color would be nice but who am I?

Colleen said...

Those are beautiful dresses!

Have fun at the Cape! I have lived my whole life in Massachusetts and have yet to go to Cape Cod. I think I need to visit soon. :)

pix-ology said...

I cannot wait to see these shots! Amazing dresses!! We will be in Virginia Beach for the 4th and I am so excited for our beach shoot! Yellow and Navy this year for us!
Have a blast!!

Unknown said...

love love love these dresses!

Debbie said...

You couldn't have picked anything better...gorgeous!

Shari said...

LOVE LOVE the bloomers. Amelia loves Sarah's dress...I see shopping in our future:)

Anonymous said...

What a perfect match: your beautiful girls, Robin's lovely dresses, and your incredible photography. I can't wait to see the photos.

snekcip said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I have to admit I have found some very talent ladies from recommendations of bloggers and I have yet to be disappointed. I have ordered dresses from several ladies and not only do I get my girl beautiful and unique clothing, but it goes to such a worthy cause. I have most definitely emailed Robin, because I see several I want for my girl!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the recommendation! Now if I could just order your TALENT with the camera, I would be in Heaven! :)