Kids’ Clothes Belgian Style week 1: Skirt As Top

Today, the Kids’ Clothes Belgian Style series kicks off! And I couldn’t dream of a better opening guest than Kristin from Skirt As Top. Everyone knows Kristin from the gorgeous clothes she sews for her two kids. Always whimsical, colorful, and original, without ever looking over-the-top or cheap. The Film Petit series she co-organizes is the coolest project ever, and everyone loves her many tutorials. Make sure to visit her blog if you haven’t already!

Kristen has had a more important role in this series than she probably realizes herself. I had been having the idea for a Belgian style inspired series in my head for months, but I was very insecure about it. I was convinced no international blogger on earth would be interested in it. But when Kristin commented on my blog that she loved the Belgian style, and that she had some “pastoral horses fabric” ready to be sewn into a dress, I finally found the confidence to ask her and all the other great bloggers to participate. Only 1 person didn’t respond; all the others were in immediately. So thank you for that, Kristin!

Hello StraightGrain readers! I’m especially excited that An invited me to be a guest in this series – why? Because I had actually made this dress a couple days before she even emailed me, inspired by An herself! I laughed out loud when I got her invitation to participate, it was so perfectly-timed. Talk about serendipity.

deer for days geranium dress

When I saw An’s deer dress, I thought it was pretty much genius. And then she made her cow dress and it was immediately elevated to “must make” status for me. I LOVED it.

deer for days geranium dress

Honestly, this type of pastoral/photographic print is in the section of the fabric store I tended to give a wide berth, assuming it was for hunters and people looking to make curtains for their cabins in the woods. Never in a million years would I have had the foresight to gravitate toward a print with deer all over it to make a dress for my little gal, but BEHOLD! An had me doing just that. It’s not the type of look you see in America too often, but I’m hoping we can change that because it’s fantastic.

deer for days geranium dress

I have the same philosophy as An where I think a loud print pairs best with a simple silhouette, so I used the Made by Rae Geranium Dress (such a great and versatile pattern). I made it in a 3T with a 4T skirt – options are scoop neck, faux cap sleeve, pleated skirt. My daughter loves it.

deer for days geranium dress

As I browsed An’s Kid’s Clothes Belgian Style Pinterest board, I noticed a few trends in styling – colorful belts, rain boots, brightly colored tights, white backgrounds. I had no idea that Belgians had such a specific style, but it’s so inspirational to me – I love the playfulness and lighthearted attitude of the outfits, which have very classic silhouettes. I want to make more!

deer for days geranium dress

Living in a pretty gray and rainy place (Portland, Oregon, USA), people tend to layer up around here a lot, so it’s especially fun to add bright pops of color to the mix. I made the belt in golden shot cotton, left over from my daughter’s Sunshine Dress. It has sunshiny buttons, too.

deer for days geranium dress

I got my fabric locally, and the selvedge says “Sanctuary by Wade Butler for Wilmington Prints.”

deer for days geranium dress

To play with the forest-y theme even more, I lined it with a woodgrain print (Tina Givens for Free Spirit). I think kid’s clothes should have an element of fun to them, which is why I’m falling so hard for Belgian style.

deer for days geranium dress

Feel free to visit me over at skirt as top anytime! Thanks so much for having me, An!


37 thoughts on “Kids’ Clothes Belgian Style week 1: Skirt As Top

  1. Oh my gosh. I think I just realized that I'm the one person who didn't respond! Ha! So sorry An! I do think this series is AWESOME, I just didn't have time this month. Maybe we can add me on at the end? Pretty please?!?! I'll email you.

    And of course, love your dress K. Perfect styling.

  2. Jessica, don't expose yourself like that! Now I feel like I pilloried you, while I kept it all so nice and anonymous 😉 I'm very excited that you want to participate, though, and I can add your name to May 25?

  3. This dress has everything I like in a girls look! It´s fun, the lining is gorgeous, the pop of the yellow belt, and the wild print…
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful
    btw, I´ve just been out on my fith week at PR&P. Sounds familiar?

  4. This is a coincidence, because just last night I finished making a dress that is very similar! I too loved An's dress so much I bought almost the same fabric, and used the Geranium pattern to make it. I used yellow ric-rac and also yellow buttons on the back! Wish I had Kristin's wood grain print on the inside – what a lovely touch! Here is my flickr link for the dress:

  5. Oh thank you so much for the sweet comments, everyone!! I giggled my whole way through this experience – the shopping, the cutting, the sewing, the photo-taking. What a fun project. I'm so glad you got up the nerve to get this series, going, An! It's going to be awesome. 🙂

    PS – María, I'm so sorry. Being out week 5 of PR&P is the WORST. Take care, girl.

  6. I love it, Kristin! Suddenly, I feel like buying some pastoral fabric! Great kick-off to a wonderful series. Your girl is so cute in those rain boots, by the way. 🙂

  7. Hi An. It is funny how you sometimes have to stumble over something (like a blog) several times before it sticks. I found you via Skirt As Top but going through your older post I have definitely seen your cute daughter in her beautiful Geranium dress not that long ago….but I have no idea where (I just remember that I loved it). Oh well, I am following you now on Bloglovin and is very excited to be following your series. I am a Dane living in the US and feel free to check out my blog Thank you!

  8. This style is so what kids want….I take my 4 to fabric store and they pick out the horses, blueberries/strawberries, birds and frogs as their choices for skirts, dresses and pants….next trip to the store I am gonna do it! Thanks for all the inspiration An and Kristin….definitely following this series!

  9. I agree this is normally the walk wide around it fabric aisle for me, but these dresses have all been so cute! Really fun to see a different take. I like the belt addition.

  10. Such a fantastic dress! I can see why Em loves it so much. I mean, what little girl wouldn't? I completely agree with you, I never would have thought to choose this fabric for a dress, but it is so much fun. Looking forward to more inspiration in this series

  11. Funny, when I visited your blog I also immediately recognized 2 dresses I saw somewhere else (link party?): the “shirt dress with shiring” and the “Jersey dress with a vintage feel”. I'm now following you via GFC 🙂

  12. Love it!
    The woodgraing lining fabric is fabulous and I just adore the gold bow!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Kristin (and An)!
    So excited to see what everyone else is doing for this Series! It'll be such an amazing challenge for me (my girl is quite happy btw. She already selected a few prints that might be just right. She loves animal's prints and she's so happy to get a “fun” dress this time)
    Belgian Style is really growing on me, lol.

  13. What a wonderful series, I am definitely excited about this one… I love those little pops of colors, and prints where you don't expect them to be (the lining). And…AND!…I was also inspired by that deer dress and the horse dress and was just browsing those fabrics. I loved how it came together, and I had never looked at fabrics like that other than thinking that maybe people make pillows and quilts out of them for hunters or cattle ranchers. Silly me…they are adorable!! Great job to Kristen and her cute little model, and thanks, An, for this series, it's going to be fun!

  14. The “Belgian style” certainly gets noticed here in the States. Whenever the girls are wearing their animal-photo print-dresses, they get a lot of attention.

    Maybe, one day, it will not be all pink and glitter in the little girls clothing stores 🙂

  15. What a surprise, a deer dress! I would never have thought to sew with such a fabric for a dress, I love blues and reds on girls but this animal idea is a whole new level of fabulous. Cute little model too!

  16. I've lived in Belgium almost 5 years and this is a good representation of what is in here! The weather here is similar to Oregon (gray and rain!), so it is very nice to add colored tights to every outfit, even for adults!

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