Little knit dresses for Ava-and a pattern in the works!

 A few weeks ago I whipped up a few of these knit dresses-based on this shirt pattern I drafted last KCWC for Sadie. I made it for my littlest gal because she needed some summery clothes, but it works for any size! But oh my goodness, I can’t help but want to sew for her all the time these days-she’s learned how to sit up now and so pictures are so much more fun! How can I resist those chubby legs and arms? (and cheeks, and tummy….you get the picture)
Anyway-I’m in the midst of digitizing and grading it for another pattern! It always takes longer than I think because of various reasons, but I hope to have it out soon. Yay!

I made one version with this cute stripe (from…not sure actually. Probably Girl Charlee? Anyone know?) and some rib knit around the neck and cap sleeves.

Sorry…one more. Love this expression.

The second one I made with some amazing organic knit from Birch Fabrics’ Elk Grove line! This version I used FOE (fold over elastic) for the binding, which I love!

I hope I have some time to sew along with KCWC a little bit this week…wish me luck!


  1. I love this post. Would love the ceci shorts pattern and the sasha jumper dress pattern.

  2. It’s been a bit since I last read one of your blogs – and this little one looks new to me! Love her expressions, as well as the dresses, of course! Good to be back in touch: thanks to computers on the blink, it’s been difficult to blog etc. for a while. Fingers crossed, all will be OK from now on in.


  3. I love the deer print dress–sooo stinkin’ cute? Can I come to your house just to hug and squeeze that little cutie?? You are so lucky to have such a sweet little one to hold. I love the blue eyes–such a cutie pie!

  4. Good evening!. What a lovely little thing is Ava. Her cheeks remind me those of Miss C. What beautiful girls you have. Love!!

  5. Oh wow, Ava is so cute! I love the pink elastic!

  6. Cant wait for this pattern! Looks exactly like what my girls would love to wear all year long

  7. I love the idea of the foe to bind a knit top! Also the dress and fabrics are great. Plus, her face!

  8. Oooh must get some FOE too for my next trip :) These little dresses will be so comfy. And you’re little one is so adorable….those expressions! Beautiful :)

  9. Oh my, SO cute! Love those chubby little baby features! And that second dress is completely adorable! =)

  10. Adorable! I love both dresses…but your model is the one who is stealing the show. She is precious….she probably would look cute no matter what you dress her in!

  11. The dresses are cute, but that baby is ADORABLE!!

  12. Okay…I need you to finish that pattern…STAT! Bonka needs it this Summer.

  13. So cute! Congrats on another upcoming pattern!

  14. She looks adorable, what a face! I love both the dresses, the second ones fabric is the best!

  15. Hi Jess! I love your blog and seeing all the cute little girl stuff you make (even though my little girl baby is now 16 and gave up mom-made several years ago! Maybe she’ll be back someday…)

    I wondered how you stitched your FOE down–did you use your regular machine or do you use a coverstitch? I have been experimenting with FOE and mine does not look this nice! Yet!

    Happy summer! Stephannie

  16. Love these tops! Especially the use of FOE. I always forget about that binding option.
    Congrats on another pattern soon! I’d be super excited to test it for you!
    :) Cameron
    Cameron dot lawracy at gmail dot com

  17. AWWW!! Super cute!!

  18. I would love to get Ella Dress, Megan Dress , Sasha jumper. Thank you for having this contest

  19. Ahh! Sooo cute! Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve used some of that Birch organic jersey when testing patterns, it’s a dream isn’t it?! xx

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