Cute With a Capital C

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Cutest. Dress. Ever. That’s what I thought when I spied a darling little girl’s dress for sale recently at the Davis Farmers Market. The sundress, made of a tangerine and white cotton print and tied at the shoulders with white grosgrain ribbon, was so sweet, it made me yearn to have little girls again. (Mine are all grown.) Its maker, Davis resident Kerry Sortor, told me it’s a pillowcase dress, based on a thrifty design from the last century, when our waste-not, want-not grandmothers recycled old pillowcases into clothing. Sortor makes the dresses in sizes 6 months to 5T, using charming printed fabrics that she sources from quilting stores and the Internet. (She couldn’t find pillowcases cute enough.) The dresses cost a thrifty $20 at the Davis and Winters farmers markets and at Mother & Baby Source in downtown Davis.