My Sweet Sunshine Studio and me!

I had an extra spot pop up on the tour and instead of pressuring some nice soul to help me out in a pinch I decided to join in myself. Lord knows I have enough Henry dress samples in my studio. And it turns out I know tons of cool Brooklyn cats who are willing to spend an afternoon with me roaming around the raddest park in Brooklyn.

I love the ease of the Henry dress for adolescent girls. Miss Z is seven and she's getting to an age where she doesn't want toddler clothes but she's too young for teen clothes. I really like that the Henry dress makes her feel sophisticated but let's her still be a kid. She can run and play and get crazy at the park, and then her mom can take her to a family reunion and she looks and feels mature and sweet (and her mom approves.)

To answer your question whether this sheath dress has movement, here is miss Z demonstrating her block jumping skills. The short answer is yes, the Henry dress is made for romping.

Every kids loves pockets. In fact, most adults I know love pockets. These pockets are big and comfy and can hold a ton of stuff. Or just make you look cool like miss Z is doing here. The sleeves are my favorite design element and I plan on incorporating them into some of my own clothes. They look complicated, but they are actually quite easy to make.

As a sidenote, these pictures don't even scratch the surface of how cool this play area is. After Hurricane Sandy did some serious damage to Brooklyn and notably Prospect Park, they gathered the downed tress and put together an exploration park made of entirely tree stumps and branches. It's a forest of magic and make believe and I am so grateful it's blocks from our house.

The fabric I used here is from a bolt of remnant fabric that my friend gave me from her fashion line. I have enough to make one for every Von Trapp child so don't be surprised if you see it again. It's a medium weight cotton that washes well and was really easy to work with. Miss Z is a size 7 and age 7. I shortened the dress a wee more than the pattern called for but otherwise the sizing was great. 

And last but by no means least, I'm happy to share the Bedford top (yes, it's a top too!) from Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine Studio. I really like Alexis' tour stop because she takes the Bedford in a totally different direction and nails it. If you've seen her blog (and you should really check it out) she has such a strong sense of her own style which can be seen in everything she makes. In fact so much so, she was just named a new designer for Violette Field Threads. Her sewing skills are also spot on with her pattern matching and pom-pom shorts. And let's not forget the head dress from Little Sparrow Bows. Her daughter can safely be called a fashionista. She owns this look.

A HUGE thank you to every one of my blog tour participants. This was an amazing week of creative genius and unique style. I'm sad to see it end, but happy to head off on vacation. For a few more days you can enjoy 20% in the shop with the coupon code: SUMMERFUN15.

Also a huge thanks to you for joining us along the way. I hope you were inspired to create something great this summer. I know I am!