I love working with knits! It's completely different than working with wovens, and to be honest, it's a little scary until you have some experience. This is because you use completely different methods with knits than with wovens. I just got interested in working in knit about a year ago and now I'm in the middle of creating my MFA thesis show, which is ALL knit garments. Sometimes, though, I need a break from the complexity of what I do for professional work and I make things for little Miss Heidi Sage. I found these cute knits and made her some adorable little dresses to wear with her leggings. Heidi Sage really likes animals, so she has a good time telling people about the little birdies on these dresses.
For the dress I used the Go To Dress pattern from Andrea at The Train to Crazy. You should check her out, she has great ideas and some free patterns! While I didn't use the pattern exactly as she created it, I did start with her pattern and wanted to give her credit for her great idea.
This dress is very similar to Andrea's pattern, I simply removed the empire elastic casing and added a cute little pocket for Heidi Sage to carry around her treasures.
On this dress I also started with Andrea's pattern but I eliminated the gathers at the neckline to make the dress more fitted. I also eliminated the shoulder ruffle and added contrast bands at the sleeve opening and the hem. I also added a little kangaroo patch pocket.
I really like making kids clothes because you can get really cute results without reinventing the wheel. I typically don't take the time to create complete new patterns for kids, I simply start with a stock pattern and make some simple modifications to get a new look! Make sure you check out Andrea at The Train to Crazy and get your own copy of the Go To Dress pattern.