K must be reading this blog, because after I posted about the dearth of kid-sewing around here, she began to pepper me with requests for handmade clothes.
As luck would have it, Mel commented on that post and introduced me to Blaverry (I’m salivating over Mel’s denim Decklyn jacket, by the way). K and I browsed through the site and she chose the Thea Dress. “Make it tight, Mama,” she instructed. She’s really into tight clothes.
I branched out and used a floral print knit. Isn’t it pretty? This here is an Art Gallery knit designed by my friend Frances Newcombe and it goes by the name Tree Fleur Blanc. I think I bought it some time last year? The minimal, modern dress pattern with the feminine, vintage-y print, it’s a winning combo. If this doesn’t say, Spring is here, I don’t know what does.
Well, it’s not quite as form-fitting as K would normally like, even though I went down to a size 6 based on the finished measurements, but the fashionista’s declared the dress spectacular. “It looks extra good with blue tights, right?” she asked.
I added 2 inches to the skirt hem, and I’m glad I remembered to do that or else this would have been a tunic.
I like the binding method of the neckline and how clean it looks. This is a thin, 95% cotton + 5% Spandex blend that’s so easy to sew — hardly curls, presses beautifully, drapes like a champ.
The key to the Thea dress, which is easy to construct, is in the pleats. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever pleated a knit fabric before and I don’t think I have. It upgrades the style factor and K enjoys how swingy the skirt is.
Yep. We’re in love.
K loves this style so much, I’m going to make a couple more in different colors/prints. Thank you for directing me to Blaverry, Mel! I ordered a few more patterns and I can’t wait to try them out!
15 thoughts on “Monday Outfit! The Spring Thea Dress”
yay! I’m so glad you found a pattern that she likes. You should try the Decklyn, too. It’s is a such a great pattern — I don’t think a day has gone by when J. hasn’t worn her jacket since I finished it.
I totally bought the Decklyn, Mel! Can’t wait to try it out. I want it in my size!!
Love the dress. I absolutely need to check these patterns out ♡
I think the patterns are right up your alley, Trine! I can definitely see your girls in the outfits. ♡
The dress is beautiful!! I really like the look of a lot of Blaverry’s patterns, too. I think I will have to sew some up now that I’ve seen this pretty dress. I love it with the blue tights!
I think Blaverry’s style is very urban cool, especially with their monochromatic presentation. K was pretty excited by the options (she loves black and white)! I bet you’d make beautiful versions, Emi!
A perfect Spring dress and I love the blue tights with it. Such pretty colors!
It’s a very happy dress, don’t you think? Thank you, Greta!
Yay for kids not having outgrown needing us quite yet! Love that fabric. I had never heard of those patterns before, either. Not that I have any girls to sew for… :o)
I know!! I was so excited when K asked me to make something for her (of course, we were cleaning out her dresser yesterday and she chose to get rid of almost all the clothes I made and keep the hand-me-downs from our neighbor…). So far my experience with the pattern has been great. Thanks Beccy!
Oh, I can’t tell you how much I adore this dress. It:s totally beautiful. The floral print combined with the rather casual pattern: I love it. Inthink I’ll be making one for my 12-year old as well… ?
I love that you love it, Eva Maria! K’s super happy with it as well, so it’s definitely a winner. 🙂 Thank you <3
love this! I’ll be watching your tween sewing ford K very closely as there seems to be a dearth of available (cute) tween patterns. This look fantastic on K and I love her tights accessorizing:)
Nice one Sanae! Feels good to be asked to make something, and what a lovely knit to have stashed away for just such an occasion!
The knit is seriously good stuff! The clothes-making requests were short-lived, though. She’s gotten even more RTW clothes from the neighbor so she’s in seventh heaven. 🙂