Bella’s Tomboy Dress/ New Look 6884

Bella’s Tomboy Dress/ New Look 6884

I adore everything about this dress. It’s a little shirt dress that was a lot of fun to make. The colors are bright and cheery, just right for my happy little 8 year old girl.

I finally got to see her in it today. It was an easy dress but I had to steal a few minutes here & there all week to get it done.

I used New Look 6884. I was attracted to the bright yellow covered buttons. (Covered buttons have been on my learn to do list forever! I’m sort of hoping Rachel over at Once Upon A Sewing Machine will read this and make a tutorial…hint hint, wink)

I chose bright colored buttons for mine too. I think the finished dress is cuter than the pattern cover. To me, it looked like a 90s throwback (which is cool) but all sewed up it looks pretty hip and modern. I was going to add a ruffle but decided it was perfect without it.

The little bow is her design. I’m pretty sure it’s her favorite part.

The pattern also comes with some elastic waist shorts. That’s why it’s perfect for a little tomboy who hangs out with boy cousins every day.

See why the shorts are handy?

Bella ran for her Nikes when the boys came over. That’s my kid alright.

Well, the photo-shoot was about over at this point…there she goes!

This dress was featured at Threading My Way! You can see me brag about it here.

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Pam

    What an adorable and practical dress!!! The pleats and bow give it style, while the slim fit and shorts make it perfect for everyday play.

    • Pam

      Covered buttons are SO easy. There’s usually instructions on the packet. If Rachel doesn’t do a tutorial, I’ll happily do one for you.

  2. clairejustineoxox

    Looks great :) Thanks for linking up at share your style Saturday :) as its a new hop I will be posting the same hop ever Saturday for a few weeks so who linked up will get seen more, hope you add some more posts next week :)

  3. Katie

    I love the dress and those cowboy boots! Looks like she’s a lot of fun!
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  4. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Oh My Gosh! This is totally cute! I know that sounds lame, but I can’t say enough about this little dress with the turquoise buttons, and matching shorts….and those boots are adorable. {Sigh}, I wish I had a little girl to sew things for.

    Sue xo
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  5. Sarah MumofThree World

    Gorgeous dress! I can’t sew, but my mum enjoys it. Might have to ask her if she can make one for my daughter! Found you on Claire Justine’s fashion bloghop BTW.
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  6. T'onna

    Cute dress! I like the fabric and the blue buttons, and the shorts!!!

  7. Diana Rambles

    Super cute! I love the fabric you used! I am now following you via Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

  8. Rachel

    I really like your version, I would probably not have jumped at the pattern image, but how you’ve sewn it up I totally dig it! Your fabric choice is great too, really suits her. So great with the boots!

  9. Lydia

    Yep… nice dress and cute model too. Thanks for linking up at Sew Many Ways. I’ll be back!!

  10. Robin

    Amy thank you for coming by and linking up at Fluster’s Creative Muster Party. Here is the link that you requested. Let me know if it doesn’t work.

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Fluster Buster

  11. Annie

    Pretty Dress! Matches great with the cowgirl boots… I like how you added the shorts.

  12. Ann

    Adorable dress. I’d like one in my size!! Looks great with the boots.

  13. Margaret F Johnson

    It turned out adorable. Love how it matches the cowboy boots. Like the buttons too – makes it “pop”. Looks like you all need some rain. We have rain all week and possible snow on Thursday…this weather here is crazy


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