My last project for Kids Clothes Week was inspired by Anna’s favorite nursery rhyme, “The Three Little Kittens.” Anna LOVES kitties. So naturally, this would be her favorite story. I’m sure you’ve noticed a few other kitty themed projects I’ve done over the months. Her Princess Kitty birthday dress, her Hello Kitty Halloween costume last Fall, and now this one. And I’m certain there will be more to come.
The dress itself doesn’t actually have any kitties on it though (sorry Honey). But she loves the very vintage looking yellow dress in the story. Not to mention, I happen to have the perfect pattern and material for it. And even though the dress in the book didn’t have it, I had to add lace. Vintage eyelet was added to the straps and the hem.
This is a self drafted pattern I developed a long time ago for my shop on Etsy. Many of the dresses in my shop (including the blue bird dress on my cover photo, above) were made from this pattern. With all these sewing challenges and sew alongs I’ve been having fun with, it’s been a while since I’ve sewn one of my own dresses. Anyway, it happens to be perfect for a sweet little dress like the one in Anna’s book. The fabric is Fabulous Yellow Breath from Riley Blake.
When it comes to sewing, I am 100% self taught. I have learned so much in the past few months through these sewing events. It was apparent, revisiting my pattern, that I needed to make some revisions to my original design. Now the finished product is constructed in a better way.
I think I still want to play around with the design a little more, but overall I am happy with the way it came together.
It is my ultimate goal to generate my first PDF pattern sometime this year. But, I am NOT very computer literate so this may take awhile. My big passion is sewing with vintage linens, in particular linens that feature embroidery. My hope is to inspire others to want to use these materials as well. Even (and especially) beginners! I originally designed this pattern as a dress to be made from a vintage linen pillowcase (like the one seen here ) but as you can see it will work well with other woven material too.
Be sure to keep checking back with me. Someone’s got to hold me to this or it may never get done. Anybody have any tips on digital pattern making? I could use all the help I can get 😉