One of my favorite things to do is sew clothes for Raileigh. Not that she needs any– her closet is already busting at the seams with more garments than one child could ever wear. But, I don’t let that deter me. I keep sewing away and creating even more things to place inside of that stuffed closet.
Recently, I had the opportunity to check out a new (to me) line of sewing patterns. I would like to introduce you to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. This adorable online pattern destination is ran by Amy. You might know her from the blog Nap Time Crafters, which has long been a fixation in my blog reader. Somehow between being a mom to two (including a brand new little boy!), keeping up the blog, and a recent move, Amy finds time to create the most adorable patterns for us to use.
In fact, there are currently over SIXTY patterns available at Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. Now, if that doesn’t send a little sewing inspiration your way, I’m not sure what will. You will find patterns for everything from swimsuits and baby shoes to special occasion dresses and hats. Each pattern is unique and fun, and begs to be sewn together right away.
Each pattern comes as a PDF download. There are full color photographs along with written instructions to accompany each step. Any pattern pieces you will need are computer generated. There is a complete list of materials you will need to obtain before you get started.
I got to try out one of Amy’s patterns- the Ivy Dress. This sweet little dress is made for summer. In fact, after making it, I was ready right then and there for a beach day! It is made from a comfortable knit and feature a bodice accent for added fun. The dress ties at each shoulder, making the fit adjustable.
I did not have to get too far into sewing the Ivy before I realized why Peek-A-Boo Pattern shop is quickly becoming a go-to spot for children’s sewing patterns. Every step was clear and concise. Never once did I question what to do or scratch my head at the instructions. However, if that did occur, Amy is readily available to offer support and help answer any questions you may have. All of this combines to make these patterns ideal for either a novice or advanced seamstress!
When sewing, I usually just make a size 4 for Raileigh. However, since this is a warm weather dress and it’s currently pretty warm here, I decided to follow Amy’s advice and measure my child to ensure the best possible fit. In the end, I made a 3T dress extended to a 4T length. I was very glad that I did this, as the bodice felts perfectly. If I had made it in a size 4, the bodice would have gaped a bit, and that would not have looked right on this dress style.
To make this dress, I actually did a bit of upcycling. The stripes are from an outdated knit dress I picked up at our local Goodwill Outlet. The pink is from a turtleneck that Darren’s aunt donated to my sewing materials stash several years ago. I was able to save the hem and side seams of the dress, which allowed me to eliminate a few steps of the pattern. Any time that I can move things along faster is always a good day to me!
Overall, I am smitten with the Ivy Dress and Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. I see many more of these sweet dresses in our future. Keep your eyes peeled– I just may have pictures of another one up this week! I am also looking forward to trying out more of Amy’s patterns as I continue to sew clothing for a daughter who needs none.
I am excited to tell you that Amy has generously offered to host a giveaway here at Wee Share. One lucky reader is going to win FIVE patterns from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop!