With a party to attend this upcoming weekend the current Kid’s Clothes Week theme of “storybook” inspired me to whip up a quick dress for Pen using a fabric I purchased way back when I was still pregnant with her. The dream-like forest critter print I though was perfect for the theme. Penelope and her wonderland!
This was my second time working with the Create Kids Couture “Baby Tabitha” pattern. The combination of knit and woven fabrics makes it a breeze to whip up. With a bodice that does not need to be lined and using knit trim for the neckline and sleeves it feels like a much faster project without the dreaded hemming. A woven fabric for the skirt adds some body and I personally find gathering woven fabric much easier than knit – for whatever reason. The pattern only comes with a short or sleeveless option but it was not that hard to extend the sleeve length since we are at the start of several months of long sleeve weather. Since I up-cycled an old navy blue with white stripes maternity shirt for the knit portions I did not get to make as full of a ruffle as the pattern calls for but I think the moderate ruffle suits the dress.
For Pen’s 4 month photo I created my first Tabitha. When salvaging the pre-existing hem, to save myself some time, from the shirt I was up-cycling for the knit portions I was inspired the use the “casing” created by the hem to gather the end of the 3/4 length sleeve. Again, I had to alter the pre-existing sleeve on the pattern but the only catch was trying to measure the arm of an extra squirmy baby!
My only other big plan for KCW is to finish Pen’s Halloween dress. Seb’s costume is already completed as well as the hat for Pen’s costume.