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The Goodship Dress


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I'm here to help you make your kids' favorite clothes! This is a special dress with loads of versatility to feature your favorite child and treasured fabrics. The Goodship Dress is an easy-fitting A-line knee-length dress, designed with a with a contrast pleat, an adorable sailor collar, and an option of bow or tab closure. Detailed, illustrated instructions feature heirloom-quality details like enclosed seams throughout and smooth neck and arm finishes. This is a dress that will grow with your girl; equally charming as a pinafore over long sleeves in the autumn and winter, a tunic with leggings in the spring, or as a crisp and light classic spring dress. The toddler to tween in your life will delight to wear this dress. Originally inspired by the classic styles in the charming Shirley Temple movies of the 1930s, the Goodship Dress can be transformed into a Tween's Gothic Lolita/Sailor Moon dream with the right styling and fabric choices. Multiple versions of this dress can navigate through the years with your changing girl. The pattern assumes you have some previous sewing knowledge. While some techniques may be new to you, I walk you through them step-by-step. I'll also be posting new Tutorials on an ongoing basis. The pattern is appropriate for any Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate Sewist. I hope my patterns help you to enjoy sewing more, and to learn construction methods you can easily apply to other garments. Your choice of fabrics, styling and bow or tab closure options completely change the look of the dress from one version to another. She'll beg you to make it again and again! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic Sewing Skills {sew in a straight line, backstitch, topstitch, etc.} Familiarity with sewing terms (selvage, hem, bias, etc.} SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Fits sizes 2T - 13/14 The Goodship Dress fits and flatters a wide variety of sizes and shapes

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My mom bought me a sewing machine when I was 5 - so I would leave hers alone. "Sewing with Nancy" on PBS was my favorite show growing up, and it's always been my pleasure to make my kids' (and my) favorite clothes.