I am so happy to finally be releasing a new pattern. It only took me months and months to get this one out but I am very proud of it.
Like the Greenpoint Cardigan, the Narita Dress is a digitally drawn pattern with fully illustrated instructions that is delivered to your email in .pdf form. It comes in 8 sizes from 18 months - 8 years and features a button-back placket bodice, optional on-seam pockets, and a swingy skirt in 6 parts. The options for customization are endless depending on the type of fabric you use, the number of different fabrics you use, and the print. The bodice is also an excellent way to feature a small amount of embroidery, like I did with the anchor in the top picture.
I've made many variations of this dress, but this nautical-inspired one is my fave! Check out those fun anchor buttons I found.
While quilting cottons are not recommended because of their bulk, you can work around that by cutting on the bias, like I did with this polka dot. You can see how this gives it a bit more swing and drape. (I also cut the green fabric on the bias so it would match, but it was a lighter weight broadcloth.)
This dress is particularly gorgeous and swingy in a soft voile, like the AMH featured here:
And here you can see what it looks like in quilting cotton. It's certainly possible, it just doesn't have the same drape.
You may not know, but my patterns are being named after places I've been. This dress always looked to me like something you might find in a Japanese sewing book. Unfortunately I've only been to one place in Japan so far, and that is the Narita Airport :) Luckily it has a pretty name.
So, are you ready to sew your own Narita Dress? You can purchase it here! And be sure to send pictures if you make one. I'd love to see it!
And as always, 25% of all profits are donated to a charity, currently a local orphanage for children with special needs. Read more here.