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A ZIP LINE DRESS & a giveaway

Aside from resting my iron on my designers curve ruler when I thought it was on the cradle and thinking as my sewing room smelled funny “that old iron of mine has finally bit the dust” (hint: it had, because I was, at that moment, melting a ruler with it) my daughter’s dress was a lot of fun to make.

zip line dress on kcw

I was given a Franklin Dress pattern by Brooklyn Pattern Company and asked to use the theme TOYS. That pattern is a sweet dress with lots of beautiful details. The dress isn’t typical but still has a familiar, cozy and roomy feel.


I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that my daughter loves zip lines and makes them for her toys. For this project I made a denim dress that has subtle polka dots, a colorful bias tape neckline, and a tiny stuffed animal zip line. I chose a simple comfy fabric, and a sleeve change to suit this daughter (though I have a fancier Franklin cut out for next week with the original adorable puff sleeve and pleated bodice to suit her sister). We have had these little stuffed animals for a while now. Using a silk cording and hook and eyes I created an interactive dress that allows her favorite tiny animals to zip line across the dress.


And now my sewing secret… The buttons are sewed on and nonfuctional at the moment, with snaps underneath. As my sewing machine instructor taught me when I got my new machine, I made practice buttonholes. I practiced on scraps and interfacing (thank goodness) but it chewed the fabric and almost wouldn’t spit it back out. That function on my machine hasn’t been quite right since I broke a needle a couple of weeks ago.


The pattern is a PDF and the pieces went together smoothly. The notches allow for accurate assembly. The instructions with the pattern are simple and clear, but if you are a beginner make sure to use Erin’s sew along! For more Franklin dress inspiration, here is a link to every post about the Franklin dress on Brooklyn Pattern’s blog. If I find a pattern I like I will make it more than once and in several ways. I am dreaming up new ways to make this pattern and love Erin’s flutter sleeve I spied on her Instagram. I am eager to sew more her other patterns too!

 After emailing with Erin I asked if she could share a bit about her self.

SC: Why do you sew?

EKP: I sew for a lot of reasons. For a career. For a hobby. For relaxation. I really love the feeling of a finished product in my hand. It’s a fantastic feeling to see a dress you made on stage or your daughter running wild in one of your creations. That feeling extends to all crafts so I find myself constantly trying new things to satisfy that love. I’m knitting more, taking pottery classes and delving into screen printing.

SC: What was the inspiration for the Franklin dress?

EKP: The Franklin dress is inspired by the streets of Brooklyn. The vibe in BK right now is really relaxed and anything goes. Simple, fun, classic. I wanted to design a dress that could move with kids and either dress up or dress down depending on the fabric. The Franklin should be able to grow with the child as her tastes and height changes.

SC: What is next for Brooklyn Pattern?

EKP: I’ve got my hands in a lot of things right now including freelancing in theatre again. I’m working on a women’s version of the Henry dress and a few children’s patterns for the summer and fall.

A woman’s version of Henry?! Yes please!


Comment on this post to win a pattern & fabric combo made in heaven: the Franklin dress by Brooklyn Patterns and one yard of fabric from Miss Matatabi. A Nani Iro Franklin dress would be drop dead gorgeous, but what about using Cotton & Steel? Or Kokka? That polka dot rabbit print would be pretty perfect for a spring dress….


1. cotton & steel zephr 2. nani iro fukkra 3. window pane check 4. kokka ranrara rabbit 

Enter by Wednesday Feb 24. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 1 digital patterns from Brooklyn Patterns and 1 yard of fabric from Miss Matatabi. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! 

brooklyn patternsGood luck and Happy KCW! 


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  • Reply Brooke February 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That is hilarious that your daughter makes her toys zip line! She must be very creative!

  • Reply Carina Bronkhorst February 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    What a fun dress! 

  • Reply Yvonne February 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Super love this! I have been eyeing brooklyn pattern for a long time! I hope I can win this pattern and sew this with Nani Iro  fabric!

  • Reply Mel February 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    cool dress!  

  • Reply Valeria Ciganda Sanz February 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Love it! Very fun dress and Nani Iro …. I’d love to work with one of those fabrics

  • Reply sarah watkins February 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

    this reminds me so much of my brothers spiderwebs that were made up of my mum’s latest knitting project and tied up around the room. great dress.

  • Reply Roxanne February 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I love the ziplining animals! Cute dress!

  • Reply karen Cheong February 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Cute dress for sure! Love it!

  • Reply Brianna H February 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I love that you made the buttons snaps. Bummer about your ruler and iron. I hate those sewing room mishaps! Awesome dress though, she looks very happy with it!

  • Reply Carrie February 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Love the dress and the fabric! And the smile on the model is priceless!

  • Reply Pecia February 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Love both the Franklin and Henry patterns, and an adult Henry is great news! Love the zip wire add on 🙂

  • Reply Marika February 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I already have the pattern (never made it though) but would love the fabric. There are several prints from her shop in my Etsy cart already 😉 

  • Reply Liz R February 18, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Such a cute dress and such a happy girl!

  • Reply Polly M February 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    What a cutie!

  • Reply Sarah J. February 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Love this dress- it’s the perfect blend of style and simplicity!  Would love to make my girl one in some Nani Iro (would love to make MYSELF one in Nani Iro 🙂 )

  • Reply Christine chin February 18, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Crazy! Super creative!

  • Reply Jen February 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Awesome dress and fabrics!

  • Reply Liesbet R February 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I love this dress!

  • Reply Jess February 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Miss Matatabi’s shop always has such beautiful selections. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Reply kim t. February 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    very cute!

  • Reply Claire Ross February 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Love this- so fun!  Thanks for the fab giveaway. X
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Aukje February 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, what a creative dress. Very nice! I would love to take my chance for the beautiful fabric!

  • Reply Amy Reinagel February 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    What a fun dress. So clever to zip line her toys like that 🙂

  • Reply Nathalie B. February 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    What a cute and fun dress !
    I have been resisting the Franklin Dress last summer, but  I certainly would love to try it should I be lucky with this giveaway…
    And who can resist Miss Matatabi fabric 🙂

  • Reply Tenille February 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Such a cute dress, very creative.

  • Reply Jenny February 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    My sisters and I went fishing for stuffed animals over the banister growing up, but we never thought of a zipline! What a great way to incorporate her creative ideas into her clothes.

  • Reply Heather Feather February 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    What a fun dress!
    I hope I win!

  • Reply Alissa February 18, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Love the zip line, so creative! 

  • Reply Jess February 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I love, love, love your zip line idea – what an awesome dress.  She looks very pleased with it, as well she might!

  • Reply Laura February 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    What a terrific idea!

  • Reply Mindy February 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Looking forward to sewing next week!  My clothes won’t be nearly so creative though.

  • Reply Tina February 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Count me in! This would be a heavenly win ❤️

  • Reply Mary Ann February 18, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    My daughter would love that dress!!  

  • Reply JessZ February 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm


  • Reply Courtney February 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Fabric!  Oh the wonderful things I could make with a yard 🙂

  • Reply Cameron February 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    What a clever idea! I’m sure she loves it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Emily February 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    You’re an awesome mom for making this dress happen!

  • Reply Amy February 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Ooh it would be amazing to get my hands on some Nani Iro!

  • Reply Darcy February 18, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    So fun! Thanks for the chance to win this great pattern/fabric combination!

  • Reply Dana February 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Yes please!!

  • Reply Sarah February 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    What a darling dress!

  • Reply Kathryn February 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    What a cute outfit. My kids would never be able to focus with toys on their dresses, but they would love them!

  • Reply Molly February 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    The dress looks great. Thanks!

  • Reply melissa evans of mahlicadesigns February 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Very creative.

  • Reply Tonia Jeffery February 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    How fun!

  • Reply Marissa February 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    My daughters would love to have a dress like that! Super cute!

  • Reply fenna February 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    such a fun dress!

  • Reply Ellen February 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    What an adorable dress! Beautiful fabric options!!

  • Reply Melyana Lai February 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This is a fabulous dress!

  • Reply Tami February 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Such a fun dress and I’ve always wanted to give Nani Iro a try!

  • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    fun dress!

  • Reply Ann February 19, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Your daughter looks very happy with her new dress. Isn’t it great to be able to make custom items that suit each child? Two of my daughters won’t wear anything with buttons!

  • Reply Jozefien February 19, 2016 at 1:22 am

    What a cool dress!

  • Reply Judy February 19, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Mmmmm! Cotton and Steel and Kokka! Can’t wait to sew!

  • Reply Holly February 19, 2016 at 6:47 am

    So creative! I bet your girl loves getting to wear this. I’m impressed!

  • Reply Andrea February 19, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Lovely dress!!! Very disaponted I can’t join you next week….. the good news is I will be fabric shopping in Amsterdam! Enjoy your KCW!!

  • Reply Sarah R February 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

    What a cute idea!

  • Reply Rebecca February 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I sew for 7 grandgirls, would love a new pattern and fabric to go with. thank you

  • Reply Becky February 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    So adorable! Making outfits that fit our kids’ personalities is so rewarding for us and them! 

  • Reply Amy mayen February 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    That’s adorable!! Love getting to know new faces here:)

  • Reply Littlewren February 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Cute! The snaps under buttons is a great little secret!!

  • Reply Sarah February 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    So cute! I own this pattern but have yet to make it! Maybe for Easter? 

  • Reply Meghan February 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Love it! And love that shop!

  • Reply Michelle Fuller February 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I saw puffed sleeves all the way!

    • Reply Michelle Fuller February 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      I meant “I say”. LOL

  • Reply sop.hie.s February 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Such a cute dress!

    And, oh my, longing for that superduper giveaway! 

  • Reply Jessica February 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Such a cute idea!

  • Reply Angela February 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Fun dress idea!  My house always has string and tape everywhere from my daughter’s construction projects – swings and ziplines for stuffed animals are popular here too:)  

  • Reply Lauren February 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Love the comfy feel to this dress! That window pane check fabric is lovely.

  • Reply Jessica J February 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    How incredibly fun this dress is! 

  • Reply Holly B February 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Just adorable. My daughter would play with it non stop.

  • Reply Rachel Huber February 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    So creative!! My boys love making zip lines for their action figures to ride!!

  • Reply Jenn H February 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    that polka dot rabbit fabric would be PERFECT for that dress!! so sweet

  • Reply Marisa February 19, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve never thought of sending those ‘gripping’ toys down a zipline, but my daughter would absolutely LOVE that idea! Such a fun dress, and a fantastic giveaway.

  • Reply Alison February 20, 2016 at 3:11 am

    What a great idea- such fun, and a gorgeous dress, too.
    As for Miss Matatabi- how does one ever choose a fabric- they are all amazing!!!

  • Reply Nicola Falconer February 20, 2016 at 4:53 am

    that dress is so fun and what a way to incorporate her games in the dress!! love that pattern, and some nani iro, wow, yum!

  • Reply Carrie mullins February 20, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I have been wanting to try a Brooklyn pattern company pattern! Pick me!!

  • Reply Crystal February 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Such an adorable dress and model! And Nani Iro anything is amazing. 🙂

  • Reply Beatriz February 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Love the fabric and the pattern! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Courtney February 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

    That’s a bummer you melted your ruler! But the dress turned out adorable!

  • Reply Mary February 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Your daughter must be loving that dress! And Miss Matatabi has some of the best fabric choices!

  • Reply Diario de naii February 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

    🙂 funny dress!!! Every kid would love to play ! So creative! 

  • Reply Fiona February 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    So so good!! Great dress!

  • Reply Michaela February 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Such a precious dress!

  • Reply Kristy February 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Such darling dresses!

  • Reply Marie Roy February 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    The dress is very cool!

  • Reply Katie February 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Cute dress!

  • Reply Rineke February 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Commenting? No doubt at all 😉

  • Reply Kayla February 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Love the ziplining animals!

  • Reply Mieke February 20, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    That’s one fun dress! Curious to see were this theme of KCW wild lead everyone… 

  • Reply melanie huttner February 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I love these super fun  prints!

  • Reply Jackie F February 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I would love this bundle!!

  • Reply Crystal Rose February 21, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I love Japanese fabric!

  • Reply Bianca February 21, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Such a fun dress!

  • Reply Melani February 21, 2016 at 1:08 am

    What a fun giveaway … Thank you for the chance …

  • Reply Jojo February 21, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Wow this is great inspiration for the theme, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to bring the toy theme into clothes sewing but now can’t stop thinking about toys in pockets!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Fingers crossed on the competition front I love Kokka fabric.

  • Reply Andrea February 21, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Oh, that incident with the iron and the ruler could so have been me! I’m very careful and pay attention to the tiniest details – about 95% of the time. During the other 5% I make up for being so perfectionist (some say pedantic) by really messing up things lol
    I don’t take my eyes off the sewing machine while I’m sewing – except for that one time I looked up … and sewed right through my finger. Ouch.
    I double check – or triple check – the layout of pattern pieces before cutting into fabric. Unless I’ve placed one pattern piece in the wrong direction, then I’m pretty sure to be happily cutting into the expensive stuff right away…

  • Reply MC Blackburn February 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

    My kids are constantly setting up zip lines too!  This is great!

  • Reply Tatiana Madsen February 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

    thanks for inspiration! cool idea, though might be not very practical for active kids… 

  • Reply Jill February 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Love both the patterns and fabric!

  • Reply Nicole Stephen February 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    This might be the most creative dress i’ve ever seen!

  • Reply Rebekah February 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    What a fun dress! And the pattern looks so versatile, just what I like for my girls! 

  • Reply Toya February 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Nano iro <3

  • Reply ornella February 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Nice bias tape on the neck!

  • Reply Elena February 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Lovely dress! Fabulous fabrics!

  • Reply Kandace February 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply Shawna February 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    What a wonderful idea!

  • Reply Jupo February 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Very cute!

  • Reply Kat February 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Adorable dresses and models! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Amanda February 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Cute dress and what a great giveaway!

  • Reply Celeste February 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the fun ideas!

  • Reply Boevenbende February 22, 2016 at 3:20 am

    What a fun dress! And combining the brooklyn dress with miss matatabi’s fabric sounds great!

  • Reply Elsa February 22, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Very smart idea!!!

  • Reply Jolien February 22, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Don’t have a girl to sew for (though, my current baby’s gender is still unknown…), but the fabric I could use. Always love Miss Matabi’s selection. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Morgana February 22, 2016 at 5:17 am

    What a creative interpretation! Live Nani Iro fabric..

  • Reply Flavia February 22, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Love the Franklyn dress, this is quite a cool variation for the classic pattern. Love the idea.

  • Reply Carrie February 22, 2016 at 5:39 am

    What a fun idea – look at that smile, she loves it!

  • Reply Sitha February 22, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I like the pattern! Simple and classic. And the idea putting toys on the dress is very interesting. 

  • Reply Carla Gama February 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    My daughter would love to have tiny stuffed animals in her clothes! Very cool dress 🙂

  • Reply Miet Aertsen February 22, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Oh, That Franklin dress is on my to-sew-list, I would love to win the pattern!

  • Reply Tara K February 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I’ve never had the pleasure of trying Nani Iro but if hear so many great things & it’s beautiful 

  • Reply April February 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    How fun! Entertainment on the go! 🙂

  • Reply Tracey Bell February 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love the zip line – inspired!!!

  • Reply Teresa February 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Such a creative dress!

  • Reply Einat February 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Great dress! Both my kids love creating zip lines for their toys as well!

  • Reply auschick in va February 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Gorgeous combos – I’ve always wanted to try nani iro!

  • Reply Jenn February 22, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Great dress- I’m happy to be introduced to Brooklyn patterns….& will go to sleep dreaming of Nani iro. 

  • Reply katy February 23, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Were I to win this generous gift, I promise to say kokka ranrara rabbit 10 times fast!

  • Reply Ana February 23, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Amazing dress and fabrics!

  • Reply Marjolein February 23, 2016 at 5:53 am

    i like thi fun dress. Not sure if my daughter would wear it, but so fun to look at!

  • Reply neli February 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    preciosas telas y confecciones. espero tener suerte…gracias por estos concursos.

  • Reply Darcy Struble February 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The dress is too cute! I’ve never sewn with Nani iro before but I’ve heard so much about it!

  • Reply Liesellove February 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    oh god, I love the dress 🙂 

  • Reply Masha February 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    So creative!

  • Reply Cate February 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    What a unique dress! I can only imagine that if I made my daughter something similar, she’d become all tangled up in it!! 

  • Reply Miss Liza February 24, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Im lovin that dress and those fabrics!

  • Reply Corrine Wijlhuizen February 24, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Very nice and a Great idea!!

  • Reply Allie February 24, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I love the franklin dress! 

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