Little Vicki Pattern Review – Headband Tutorial – Button Tip

by Destri on June 9, 2011

Whew, that was a long title!  I re-wrote it about ten times and that was the best I could come up with :)

I had the pleasure of testing one of Izzy and Ivy Design’s new patterns due to be released any day now, The Little Vicki Dress (it’s lovely having a designer for a sister :)).  Really, such a fun dress to make.  It’s adorable, classic, and has a retro look to it that I am loving.  I also made a cute and easy headband to go with it, and my sister taught me the coolest little trick for shank buttons.  I will tell you about it all after the jump!

Oh, and I have a pattern to give away…lucky you ;)

Izzy and Ivy Designs Little Vicki Dress

Isn’t she cute? I just love how it turned out.  Very classic lines and just the right amount of pleating in the front gives it great detail.  The pattern was very easy to follow, but be sure to pay attention where they tell you to.  If you are like me, you like to think you can skip over some details :).  Just follow the directions and it turns out great.

The back has a tab button closure making this a great pattern for beginners who are nervous about zippers and button holes, or the veterans who just don’t want to deal with them :).  I made a 4T, my daughter normally wears around a 3t – 4t so it is just a little big on her.  I tried a sample that was 3t on her and it fit perfect.  Buy the size your little one wears and it should be true to size.

The gals at Izzy and Ivy are going to give a Little Vicki Dress pattern to one of you today, just leave them a sweet little comment on this post and you are entered!

Now for the button trick..

Shank Button Tip

I may be the last person on the planet to know this trick, but just in case someone else has been living under a rock, I’ll share.  You know how when you sew a shank button onto your garments, it almost feel as though it could pull through the fabric.  So then you are really careful to make sure you don’t pull too hard, cause no one likes a hole in their clothes, right?  Well my sister Shasta showed me this trick.  Just decide where the shank button will go, then on the back side sew a regular button, just to tack it there…

Then make sure that your needle and thread end up on the outside where the shank button will go.  Thread it on and go back through the button holes of the button on the inside.  Repeat this a few times until it is nice and secure, and viola!

The perfect reinforcement!  Now if it gets tugged on while my daughter plays, I don’t have to worry about the shank button.

Because the button on the back is anchoring it.  Cool huh?  Now someone, please tell me you have not heard of this…it would make me feel much better ;).

Now for an easy headband…

Easy Fabric Headband Tutorial

This is a great way to use up scraps from a project and end up with a coordinating headpiece.  It’s super cute and super simple too.  Let’s get started!


  • long fabric scraps for the headband
  • small fabric pieces that match for the flowers, I used three kinds
  • fabric glue, or hot glue gun
  • all your sewing stuff

You will want two strips of fabric that are around 42 inches long and about 1½ inches wide.  I didn’t have strips long enough, so I just sewed two shorter pieces to get the length I needed.  Cut the top fabric to be a half an inch narrower than the bottom, so that the bottom fabric is peaking out on the sides.

Now sew the two together right up the sides like shown.  I left my edges raw, but you can finish them with a zigzag stitch if you’d like.

Then I made a simple rosette (tutorial here) and glued it on to the headband,

Next I took a smaller scrap and tied three knots in it like shown.

I cut the fabric off the knots, leaving me with three buds.

Then I glued them onto the headband like shown.  See, they look like little flower buds :).

Next I took some monk’s cloth and cut into four little strips.  I think lace would look great here, I just didn’t have any :).  Just use what you’ve got!

Folded all four like so, and arranged them in a flower shape, secured with glue.  Then I sewed on a button..

And glued it on in between the rosette and the buds.  I wished I would have put the buds over to the side a little..but alas…

You just tie it up in the back.

And there you have it – A fun little scrappy headband.  I have made a bunch of these in different ways, and I have to say she leaves them in better than the traditional headband.

I had to throw that picture in there.  You know they are done when they just squat down and won’t look at the camera.  One for the scrapbook I tell ya.

You can find all our Hair Accessories Here, there are some fun ones!  As always, send a link or picture if you happen to make one.  They make my day!  We have our flickr too.

Well, I am off to read the final few chapters of the last Harry Potter Book…I know, why am I just reading it, right?  Well I guess I just wasn’t ready for it to be over.  I feel like I am saying goodbye to a series, but I decided I had better read it before the last movie comes out.  Don’t tell me how it ends!

Talk soon,


**Giveaway now closed**

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{ 139 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Johnson June 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Absolutely precious <3 it!


bobbi June 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

just came across your site, had seen it on a few others. love it. such cute stuff, now i’m up way too late! thank you for the fun browsing and ideas!


Kirsten June 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I have followed your site for awhile now- but haven’t had time to visit it very often! (Full time working mother of 18 month old boy/girl twins…) I LOVE your ideas and your creativity! So inspiring! I really love the Little Vicki Pattern Dress!! ADORABLE! My little girl had heart surgery last month. My mom has made several high neck dresses for her to wear this summer as the weather gets warmer- and the dress on your post is super cute and perfect for my little peanut. (I want her to be comfortable- but covered up!!) Thank you for posting! :) ~Kirsten


Destri June 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks so much Kirsten, you’re too sweet :). I hope your little one has recovered nicely, my little girl had intestine surgery when she was 3 months, and it just isn’t fun seeing them go into surgery. My little one just found her scar the other day and it was pretty funny, she’s had a bandaid on it ever since!


Jessica M. June 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

That dress is adorable and would look great on my youngest! Love the headband, too!


Debbie June 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Love this outfit. I have 2 grand-daughters that would appreciate a new dress in their closet.


Sarah M June 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

The dress and headband are so adorable. I am going to have to make some headbands for my girls now. Thanks!


Kimberly June 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

The dress is so cute! I love Izzy and Ivy patterns, they are my fave!
Your headband is adorable! I love the trick wit the knots in the knit. I am gonna have to use that soon. Thanks!


Donna June 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Love the dress and the fabric is adorable! I have many granddaughters that would love to wear this. :) Oh, and I have never seen a shank button put on with a flat button on the other side. Thank you, I will use this trick!


Jen June 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

Really cute headband, I love how you made the buds – I’ve never thought to do that! Also, thanks for the tip about the shank button, very helpful. I’ll have to pin this :)


Cynthia June 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm


Cute dress. I was wondering what pattern the fabric is.


Virginia Decker July 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

Your little girl is darling! I love the headband!


Sara July 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I just found your site and have fallen in love! You have some some adorably fun stuff. I can’t wait to make this headband. I have a new zebra stripped skirt that needs something to go with it! I hope it turns out cute like yours:)


Jess July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Awww, what a fantastic model you have! ;)


Destri July 21, 2011 at 5:00 am

Thanks Jess, I think so! She was pretty done by the end of it though :)


Mary July 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I love it, the headband and the dress!!!! So cute and simple for summer!!!


Destri July 21, 2011 at 4:50 am

Thanks Mary :)


Yolanda December 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I loved this dress, to make for my granddaughters.


Dot January 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

My thre grandaughters need this sweet dress. LOVE IT and head band too!


Céline Richard January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Hi, I just discovered this interesting pattern review. The headband tutorial and button tip are simply fantastic! And this dress is really gorgeous!
I bought the pattern from Izzy and Ivy Bigcartel store yesterday. My daughter-in-law would love to have a dress like this one for her little one. Would you mind telling me which fabrics the dress is made from?


Ruthi Miller February 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I love the sweet little collar. Looks like it will whip up quickly. I will be looking for the little Vicki soon!


pam nelson February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

i just love this where can i get the pattern


Destri April 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hi Pam, Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. You can find the pattern here:


Genny March 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love this! My trouble with finding so many great things to make is fabric selection. We only have a Joann Fabrics. Where do you find your coordinating fabrics? Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas!


Destri March 29, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Genny!
You know that is a great question, because I am actually horrible about picking out coordinating fabrics, so I generally just play it safe and keep in the same fabric collection. As for where I buy, I don’t have a great selection where I live either, so I try to stock up when I am somewhere where they sell boutique fabric, and I have bought a lot off etsy and the
I think Joann’s does carry a few fabric collections at a time, but it has been years since I have been!
Hope this helps!


Renee June 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’m always on the lookout for new patterns for my two granddaughters. The Little Vicki Dress is adorable! The button tutorial is great, thanks for sharing!


Sarah Nuttall August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial! I loved it! I posted a link from my blog to yours on your great tutorial! Thanks again!


Laura Beth Martin October 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Have never heard of the shank button trick either! It’s wonderful, thank you!


Celine December 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thanks for this great tutorial. I love the dress too. Which fabrics did you use?


Jenn February 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hi! Your daughter, her dress and headband are ADORABLE!! But I’m commenting to let you know that I think your button tip may SAVE my entire project!! Thank you, thank you! I’m off to buy appropriate buttons for the inside now!


Destri February 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Yay! I know, it was life changing for me!


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