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I mentioned last week that I am working on adding a few special items to Piper Jane’s back to school wardrobe. This dress, sewn using the five and ten designs e-book Volume 1, is one of those items.
This dress is extra dear to my heart. Piper Jane and I went to Fancy Tiger (a fabulous local fabric store) and Pi chose the fabric for the dress (she has a good eye, right?). Then, I let her look through the five and ten e-book (there are ten fabulous dresses, all gorgeous, all using the same basic pattern block). She chose number five (aka- ‘the one with the pockets’).
Of course, since she chose the fabric and chose the design, she was over the moon excited for this dress. In fact, she stood next to the sewing machine (or sat on my lap) for most of my sewing. And she is in love with the end result.
As am I.
Not only does Piper Jane have a darling new back to school dress in her wardrobe, I learned a couple of new sewing techniques. And since there are nine more patterns in the ebook, I have a lot more sewing to do (Piper Jane has already chosen the Storyboek fabric for her next dress).
I really love the idea behind the Five and Ten ebook– ten different (and did I mention fabulous?) dresses, all using the same bodice blocks. Seriously- fantastic! Fingers crossed that the designation ‘Volume 1’ indicates that there are more of these ebooks in the works.
Kirstin!! You’re awesome! I love love that Piper got to pick out her own fabric – that melts my heart – she is definitely pleased with the dress she designed – darling!
Stef, you guys seriously did such a great job with this ebook- WOW! And, ohmygoodness, taking her to the fabric store was so much fun. Definitely more of those trips in the future. 🙂
Sabra at Sew a Straight Line says
So cute! The dress, the girl, and the story behind it all. I love that she chose the design and the fabric. And the image of her sitting on your lap while sewing her special dress is just too much!
Thanks Sabra- she is super ‘helpful’ sitting on my lap- hahaha! Here’s the thing though- it takes sooooo much longer to sew that way, but I think it might be giving her her first taste of loving sewing, so I’m totally fine with the extra minutes invested. Fingers crossed that someday in the not-to-distant future she’ll have her own machine next to mine. 🙂
What a sweet comment- thanks friend!
I agree. I love that Piper was so involved in the process! She has great taste if I do say so myself. 😉
Delia, she was gushing over how cute Natalie is (all your girls really- she kept asking me their names- haha!). 🙂 And I love this dress pattern. Way to go girly!
I LOVE this dress you’ve made! Like… over the moon!
Thank you Tasha. Honestly, I love it so much too! I actually already started on the next one (I’m making Number 1- the basic dress- this time!). 🙂
Erin Keith says
It turned out so great!! It’s so fun that she helped pick the fabric and pattern, the girl has got a good eye!! H has not reached that stage yet, I’m not sure I’ll like it though… 🙂
Haha- Erin- I feel like Hannah and Piper are so similar. Definitely a mixed bag to give them the power. Though, we went by ourselves to pick out the fabric on a Sunday afternoon (the boys were working on the yard) and Piper was SO good. Like alarmingly sweet and polite and helpful and nice. We even got ice cream afterwards to make it more of a ‘girl day.’ If it always goes like that, I am up for letting her choose the fabric every time. 🙂
Jess Abbott says
This turned out FANTASTIC Kirstin!!! I am so in love with that dress, I adore that Violet Craft fabric, well done Piper!!!
Violet Craft says
This makes me so very happy!!!