Kid's Clothes Week: Traveling

It's been a long time since I sat at my sewing machine. Designing sewing patterns is a blast but there's a lot more clerical work than I expected. I've been attached to my computer for weeks getting ready to release the Bedford and Henry dresses and my sewing machine has sat lonely in the other room.

And so to my delight Kid's Clothes Week was back and I had just enough time to put together this little number for Curly Sue. Confession: I bought this Birch Fabric's Charley Harper print for the last challenge and it didn't arrive in time. But I love it so much!! So this year's traveling theme for me is Antartica or Bust!

Penguin dress KCW

Since I pulled out my serger a few months ago, I've been all about knit fabrics. And then I got a double needle for my Bernina and you'd think I had discovered gold in my backyard. Life changing!! I'm really proud of this dress. It has that professional feel. Binding, serging, pattern matching. I've got my sewing mojo back!

Penguin dress back KCW

Curly Sue has two knit dresses that I really like. One is from American Apparel and the other from H&M. They are both simple tank dresses with full skirts. I found the happy medium of the two and drafted the pattern while watching Orange is the New Black (love!) When I make another one (and I definitely will!), I'll scoop out the armhole a little more and take a nip off the center front to keep it from gapping. Otherwise, this pattern is a keeper. I really liked the result of the binding on the neck and armholes. The contrasting solid gives it a really polished feel.

Penguin dress trim KCW

I intended for the penguins to match up across the side seams, but I didn't know they'd be kissing at the hem! This is one of my favorite parts of the dress. No one will ever notice but me but it's a sweet little bonus to this adorable fabric. I really love the Charley Harper knits. I think I'll be moving on to the flamingos next.

Penguins kissing KCW

Most importantly Curly Sue loves it. She wanted to wear it to bed which is a sure sign of success. It's super comfortable, easy to wash and will grow with her through the winter with tights and a sweater.

Penguin dress side

It felt so good to be back at my machine. And I really love participating in Kid's Clothes Week and seeing all the wonderful projects from around the world. Look for a lot more projects from me this summer as I take a break from pattern making and get back to what I really love doing most- sewing!