E’s first day of first grade is today, so i made her a new dress…yesterday!
first grade already, i can’t believe it. she learned so much “big kid stuff” over the summer (riding a bike! swimming! whistling the imperial march!) and she’s super excited to start a new school year. we were out of town for the long weekend, so i had to choose a quick-yet-satisfying dress to sew for her to wear on her first day. i think i picked a good one.
the pattern is the Joey Dress, a fresh new release by Make it Perfect. it actually comes in adult version as well, and Toni offered me the adult and/or kid version for an informal blog tour. the Joey is just SO perfect for E, i jumped on board.
it’s an adorable design and a simple, fun sew; i read over the instructions for the general idea, then sewed it up under two hours. the only tiny struggle i had was the placement and maintaining the shape of the kangaroo pocket – which was clearly a fabric issue more than a pattern issue. my navy polka dot mystery knit from mill end was a bit thin and the pink was a very stretchy heavier jersey (scraps from this shirt), so it was hard to keep both in line. aside from the pocket topstitching and sleeve-gather basting, i sewed the whole dress with my serger.
my modifications include adding 1/2” strips of interfacing to the shoulder seams, plus adding notches to the pattern at the centers of the waistband, bottom of bodice, top of skirt, and sleeve apex to help me line everything up. i left it unhemmed.
i also monkied with the sizing a bit. E measured a size 3 chest (actually i think she measured a 2 but i went with 3 anyway) but is size 5 or 6 height. i cut a size 3 bodice and sleeves, but lengthened the bodice to a 4. the skirt is also a 3 width but cut to a 5 length. i wish the waistband was a bit more snug on her hips but i think with a wash-and-dry the pink will shrink up a bit more. these photos were taken pretty much right off the machine and that pink is SUPER stretchy without a whole lot of recovery.
i really should make a point of sewing more knit dresses for her – she loves wearing them and i love not having to iron them! she actually thanked me for this dress (without any prompting), told me she loves it when i make dresses for her, and that this is her favorite one i’ve made – this kid sure knows how to lay it on thick, eh? 😉
the Joey comes in “little” (size 0-5) and “big” (size 6-10) ranges and has options for long sleeves, short sleeves, or 3/4 (i went with 3/4 here), plus a cowl or crew neck. loads of potential for fun color blocking and pattern mixing – and it feels like a true “all-seasons” dress design. it’d be so cozy in a thicker knit with tights and a comfy cardigan!
E and her dad were watching “Palisades Park Pet Patrol” (skip to :47 and 2:30 for the good stuff) while i finished sewing, and it put her in a super silly mood. she was sloppily popping her P’s as we walked around the neighborhood looking for a shady spot (cracking herself up all through the photoshoot too). 😛
…oh and i’ll leave you with her classic pose.
happy back to school, everyone!
P.S. i received the Joey pattern in exchange for blogging about it, as i mentioned in the post. my opinions are my own.