Are you sewing for the holidays? I always do. It’s one of my favorite things about this time of year, sewing special gifts and decorations. My mom and I always make all her grandkids pajamas for Christmas Eve, and I also try to sew up new clothes for the kids and myself, if I can find the time. This year, I’m a little ahead of the game. At least for Ivy. I used The Freckled Pear’s Vintage Kate Dress, and I think it turned out absolutely adorable.
I went with a sleeveless version, because that makes total sense in the winter. Oh, yeah. No. I had planned on sleeves, but as I was sewing the bodice, I just loved the look of the no-sleeves so much, I ditched them. And now I need to make Ivy a little bolero to wear with it. But look at those little toddler shoulders and tell me I made the wrong choice!
The Vintage Kate is one of a collection of dresses by The Freckled Pear. Dana, the owner/designer has an incredible eye and talent for classic little-girl silhouettes and details. I adore every one of her designs and have plans to make each one for Ivy. The Vintage Kate caught my eye because of that adorable peter pan collar. And I also seriously love those elephant appliqués. In fact, I made two Vintage Kates! The first one, I did almost exactly like the sample dress on the model, even down to the same colors. I just loved it so much! But I was lame, and, as usual, didn’t check Ivy’s measurements agianst the included size chart. When will I ever learn?
So, Ivy now has a perfectly sweet, elephant-appliquéd, short-sleeved Vintage Kate dress waiting for her to grow a couple of inches and a few pounds. Yay for planning ahead! heh heh.
But I enjoyed sewing the dress so much, and was so happy with the overall look, that I wanted to make one for her now. This time, I used a stiffer plaid for the main fabric, and some black velour for the collar, all fabric from Jo-Ann Stores. And I made a few easy, but fun changes to fancy the dress up a bit.
I made a simple sash out of the black velour. I still struggle with my gathering, and the sash hides my uneven gathers nicely. Also, I think it just looks pretty fantastic. Who doesn’t love a big bow in the back?!
Also, I added a tulle underskirt. I used three yards of tulle, doubled over twice (so quartered over?). I gathered the tulle along the top, long edge. Then I sewed the tulle directly to the skirt/bodice seam along with the skirt itself. It was really easy. I kept the tulle out of the zipper in the back by ending the tulle 1/2 inch from the center back on either side. I had planned on trimming the tulle after sewing it in. But I really loved how it peeked out below the hem of the dress.
I love this pattern, like all The Freckled Pear patterns, because it is sweet, age-appropriate, and classic. The Freckled Pear dresses are Little Girl patterns. I love that the Vintage Kate can be an every day dress or a special party dress, just by changing the fabrics, or by adding a few extra touches.
You can buy the Vintage Kate HERE, and be sure to check out all the sweet patterns from The Freckled Pear. And hey! Why not win a pattern while you’re at it? The Freckled Pear is offering one of you a free PDF pattern from their shop!