The days are already beginning to feel cooler. Summer is still hanging on, but I am beginning to feel a bit of fall in the air. Though I should say… it really doesn’t get what you would consider “cold” here until January. And, those of you up north probably wouldn’t consider our cold days really cold, anyhow.
Raileigh’s daily request is to wear a dress. Fortunately, sewing up beautiful little dresses is one of my favorite things to do! Lately, I have been seeking out patterns that can easily transition between those hot summer days we still have left and the cooler weather that is on the way.
One of my most recent favorite patterns comes from a lovely shop called Create Kids Couture. This online pattern shop is filled to the brim with beautiful, boutique style patterns for you to sew for your special little ladies. I want to tell you all about the dress I whipped up for Raileigh, but first, let’s get to know the designers behind the patterns a little bit better.
Tell us about your family. Our families are really amazing. They are our biggest cheerleaders and so supportive. Even though we work from home, our job is very demanding and our husbands are so helpful. We both are very lucky because they cook and clean and pick up our slack at our busiest times. They are also great at keeping the kids occupied when we need it most! Tiffany has 2 boys ages 6 and *almost* 8 and a 4 year old girl. I have a 4 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. Our kids are for sure our biggest motivators; everything we do we do it for them!
It is easy to see that these ladies are simply wonderful. The patterns from Create Kids Couture are just as fun and amazing. With over 80 patterns, it was a tad bit difficult for me to decide which one that I wanted to sew first!
Finally, I decided on Piper’s Stripwork Maxi Dress. I have been loving the long maxi style on my daughter lately. She is on the tall side and the floor length dresses just look stunning on her!
What initially dress me to this dress is the versatility. It can be created from one fabric, two fabrics, or a lot of different fabrics. As a result, you can use the pattern many times and create dresses that look entirely different.
Even with all of the options available, I chose to make the dress out of one single fabric. I had just picked up a beautiful vintage floral sheet for an incredibly cheap price and I knew that it would translate perfectly into a dress for Raileigh.
Much of the dress is made up of long, skinny rectangles. Other than the bodice pieces, every other piece is a rectangle of some sort! The pattern comes with a printable pattern piece for the bodice and dimensions to create the rest of the pattern pieces. I used freezer paper to create mine so that I could use the pattern pieces over and over again.
One of the most time consuming portions of creating this maxi dress is cutting out the fabric. There are over twenty pieces that go into this dress! However, once everything was cut out, the dress came together very easily. The design of the dress is smart, and the ladies provide detailed step by step instructions along the way. Plus, there is a photo to accompany each and every step. I never felt lost or unsure as to what I should be doing. The pattern really was incredibly easy to follow.
Topstitching is an optional step when creating Piper’s Stripwork Maxi Dress. However, it is a step that I opted to include. I loathe topstitching and the amount of time that it takes to do it well. However, I really do appreciate the professional finish that it adds to the garment. Though I am quite certain I did my fair amount of grumbling while topstitching all the rows on this dress, I really am very pleased with how it looks now!
My finished dress is a bit big on Raileigh right now. I wasn’t really surprised. She is tall, but also pretty skinny. The great news is that she can wear the dress now and will most likely still fit into it quite well next Spring. That makes me feel like I am really on top of things– already sewing for next year!
I simply cannot say enough good things about Create Kids Couture and their amazing sewing patterns. The designs are unique and fun, the patterns are very well done, and the ladies behind the shop are as sweet as can be. What more could you ask for?
Now, I have some very exciting news. Tiffany and Shannon have generously decided to give one lucky reader a 3 pack of sewing patterns from Create Kids Couture!
Giveaway is open to everyone.