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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! 


KCW: scavenger hunt!

scavenger hunt: made by rae

Welcome to the last scavenger hunt of giveaway week! Or should that be the last giveaway of scavenger hunt week? Either way there is a fantastic prize to win from a fantastic shop–Made by Rae. Some of my most well-worn patterns are Made by Rae. When you find a pattern that works–for you to sew, for your kids to wear–you go back to it again and again. Made by Rae patterns just work, all the time! They are simple, easily customizable, and fit well. What more do you need?

Keeping with this season’s theme, DISGUISE, I picked 4 of Rae’s patterns and looked around to see what costumes people made with them. And wowwy wow wow! There are so many costumes out there made with Made by Rae patterns! Who knew a tunic could turn you into a swordsman or a simple pants pattern could magically transform you into prince charming? There are lots of disguises hiding in these staple patterns.

made by rae giveaway on KCW

1. cowardly lion 2. lion cub 3. strong man 4. skeleton suit 5. scary tiger 6. pippi longstocking 7. spiderman 8. nurse costume 

All the disguises pictured above started with the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern. The sewers used fleece, jersey, dad’s old tee shirts; they painted and stenciled; they played with colors and pattern. And look! It’s like a virtual Halloween parade right here on KCW! Give me two patterns, Rae’s flashback tee and Liesl’s cozy winter hat, and I will give you an awesome costume!

made by rae giveaway on KCW

1. marty mcfly 2. little cowboy 3. fireman’s pants 4. darth vader 5. minions run wild 6. prince charming 

I guess that would be a costume without pants! Luckily Rae’s got us covered in the pants department too. Elastic pants are a staple in my household and even more so when it come to dress up. There is no time to fuss with zippers and snaps when you have to be the Dark Lord RIGHT NOW! So if your kids are lacking in the pants department, whip up a few Parsley Pants and they will be happy little campers –or cowboys or firemen or time travelers, even.

made by rae giveaway on KCW

1. sleeping beauty 2. kiki by allyson breen 3. kinda-sorta anna costume 4. princess mononoke and soot sprite 5.and 6. elsa dress 7. rose fairy 

Sometimes you just need to make one thing and be done. The Geranium Dress is the one pattern you need for all your girl’s princess and fairy and Studio Ghibli dreams to come true. 

made by rae giveaway on KCW

 1.and 2. willow costume 3. mini mouse 4. and 5. fantastic mr. fox 6. inigo montoya

Of all the Made by Rae patterns-turned-into-costumes, Inigo Montoya (in the bottom right corner) has to be my very favorite. I crack up every time I see Jessica’s little girl dressed up as the intrepid sword fighter in The Princess Bride. She really looks like she’s about to say, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” Of course the Charlie Tunic works for less sinister characters as well. Just look at that sweet Mini Mouse!

All of these patterns (and more!) can be yours! Play along with our little scavenger hunt and you will be entered to win any 5 patterns you choose from Made by Rae’s shop.


To enter, hunt around the internet for the answers to a few tricky questions. You have until Friday October 23. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive a 5 Made by Rae patterns of their choice .


have you done all the scavenger hunts? well get to it: oliver + s, miss matatabi, chateau sew & sew, imagine gnats, and made by rae

KCW: scavenger hunt!

scavenger hunt: imagine gnats

Have you been enjoying scavenger hunt week? There are only two more hunts to go on, then it’ll be time to stop playing games and get down to serious KCW business:) Today’s featured shop is a fan favorite, Imagine Gnats. Rachael not only runs this successful online fabric store, but also has a popular blog, and makes patterns in her “spare time” (whenever that is!).

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

1. cute logo! 2. french terry stripes 3. french terry eggplant 4. camouflage jersey knit 

There is a lot of great fabric to be found in Rachael’s shop. She recently got a big shipment of french terry, which if you haven’t worked with before you are in for a real treat! French Terry is a knit fabric that is heavier than a t-shirt, but lighter than a sweatshirt. It has a good amount of stretch which makes it super comfy. The best thing about french terry is how soft it is!

Sometimes the things we sew for our kids are really for ourselves. Other times we want to make clothes that our kids will fall in love with. To do that it has to be soft and it has to be comfortable. There are some kids who are extra fussy about how things fit, sticky-y out-y tags, and scratchy seams. I have one of those (and was one of those!) so I know that Halloween can be an especially frustrating holiday. Feeling over-heated in itchy, plastic fabric is no fun. French Terry to the rescue, I say!

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

1. kid ewok 2. skeleton costume 3. totoro costume 4. shark hat

I picked out a few costumes that I think would work well–and be extra comfy–in french terry. I cannot get over the cuteness of that little ewok! And the costume looks like it would be pretty easy to put together too. Both the skeleton and Totoro costumes could do double duty as pjs. And the shark hat ticks off all the boxes: the DISGUISE theme, a little bit cute, and a little bit scary.

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

1. penguin hooded vest pattern by Hello Dear Kids 2. french terry cheetah 3. french terry zebra 4. french terry in burnt orange

The best pattern I found to show off Imagine Gnat’s lovely collection of french terry is this penguin hooded vest by Hello Dear Kids. It looks fun to sew and even more fun to wear! Just by changing up the features on the hood, and using some of the fabric I featured above, you could have a cheetah or zebra or cute little puppy vest. The vest will work for Halloween, everyday dress up play, and as a cozy vest on chilly fall days. You could hardly ask for more!

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

1.shetland flannel in pumpkin herringbone 2. shetland flannel in peach heather 3. shetland flannel in ocean herringbone 4. shetland flannel in denim heather

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

1. jersey knit in tie dye teal 2. painting morale in knit 3. survey ochre in knit 4. intertwill patience in knit 

Now that I have sold you on french terry, you can fill up your basket with yards of it for all your comfy, cozy sewing needs. While you are shopping you might as well check out Rachael’s sumptuous supply of flannel. Would you just look at those colors?! And you might as well just look all over the shop–it’s all gorgeous. One can never have too much fabric right? Not only has Rachael offered a $50 gift certificate to one lucky scavenger hunt winner, she also has some super great coupons for all KCWers.

Use the code “kcw10” for 10% off orders over $50 and “kcw20” for 20% off orders over $100. Code not valid on sale items, gift certificates, or wholesale orders. valid until 11:59pm est 10/18/15.  And now for the scavenger hunt

imagine gnats giveaway on KCW

To enter to win a $50 gift certificate from Imagine Gnats, hunt around the internet for the answers to a few tricky questions. You have until Thursday October 22. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate redeemable at Imagine Gnats online fabric shop.
have you done all the scavenger hunts? well get to it: oliver + smiss matatabichateau sew & sewimagine gnats, and made by rae