Mommy-Daughter Dresses: Simplicity 8146

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I’ve been wanting to make matching mommy-daughter dresses for a long time. So when I first started learning how to sew I knew that I was finally going to be able to make this wish come true. When I saw Simplicity 8146 I knew that this pattern would be perfect for making mommy-daughter dresses. And I also loved that I would also be able to make jumpsuits with this pattern.

Fabric Choices

This pattern will work with a variety of fabric choices including knits, silky types, linen types, chambrays, cotton types, and a few other materials. Since there was such a large variety of fabric options that would work for this pattern my daughter and I went to Jo-Ann to pick out our fabric. I knew that we would probably settle on something pink since we both love the color pink. And Jo-Ann did not disappoint we found a really cute pink paisley cotton fabric from the Gertie line. We also bought the elastic and buttons that we needed for this pattern and I was ready to start sewing.

Thoughts about Simplicity 8146 Pattern

This pattern was really easy to understand. The directions were really clear and easy to follow. I would say that this was the easiest pattern that I used since I started sewing. This pattern is definitely easy enough for a beginner to use. The child’s dress is a little bit different from the adult dress since the child’s dress has a ruffle at the bottom of the dress. But the ruffle is really easy to create and attach to the skirt of the child’s dress. Other than the ruffle everything else is the same. So it’s easy to sew the second dress since you are familiar with how the first dress was constructed.

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The Dresses

I really like both of these dresses. I made my daughters using the size 4 pattern and it fits her nicely. For my dress I used the size 10 pattern (pattern sizes are a lot different from the sizes in the store) for my dress and the bodice (top portion) of the dress was a little big on me. I think next time I make a Simplicity dress or shirt I will try the size 8 and see how it fits. Even with the bodice being a little too big I still loved the dress.




Have you ever worn mommy-daughter dresses as a kid or with your child?


  • Reply Mary October 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Sonya, I’m so impressed. You knocked it out of the park! You both look adorable. The fabric choice is excellent, flirty and fun and age appropriate for everyone involved. My Mother made many Mommy and Me outfits while growing up; we always look so cute in them.

  • Reply Antionette Blake October 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    You too are just too cute for words and I am so proud of how quickly you took to sewing! #ProductReviewParty

  • Reply Stacie October 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    You two look so cute! Yes, my mom bought me and my daughter mommy/daughter dresses and we praised dance in them lol.

  • Reply Tamara October 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

    The color is stunning on both of you! At seven, Scarlet still loves to twin with me. I hope that lasts for awhile. These are beautiful and well done!
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  • Reply Victoria October 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    You two look awesome. This is exactly why I yearned for a girl. I would love to do mommy daughter outfits, its not so easy to do with three boys. #ProductReviewParty

  • Reply Erika October 31, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Cute dresses Sonya, you did a wonderful job. #ProductReviewParty

    • Reply Sonya November 2, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Erika!!! 🙂

  • Reply LaKita October 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Love the dresses! I am so impressed with how much you have grown as a seamstress!
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    • Reply Sonya November 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks LaKita!!! 🙂

  • Reply Drea November 1, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Awww! You two look adorable! I’m loving how beautiful the dresses came out, Sonya. You did such an awesome job!
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    • Reply Sonya November 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Drea!!! I think I will make these again next summer since they were pretty easy to make.

  • Reply Lou November 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Too adorable! Both of you all’s dresses came out so beautifully girl. You are very talented Sonya. You should soon make a clothing store website.

    I wish I could have mommy and me outfits, but now my girls are older and think that would be uncool.


    • Reply Sonya November 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Lou!!! I do want to sell clothing in the future, but first I need to work on learning different techniques and get more comfortable knowing I can produce quality items.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK November 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I love this!! I sincerely wish I had half of your skills. I’m not sure how my girls would feel about me making matching dresses, but they better feel a certain kind of way I feel. 🙂

    • Reply Sonya November 2, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Sewing isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. You should give it a try. There are lots of online classes that would be great to get you started.
      Right now my daughter loves trying to match clothes, but I’ll have to see how long that lasts. 🙂 Hopefully, I have another 4 years or so.

  • Reply robincharmagne November 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    You are doing so great with the sewing, y’all look so adorable.
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    • Reply Sonya November 18, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Thanks Robin!

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