I run, I craft, I write, and I make your favorite clothes.

I've never met anything I couldn't sew. Sewing makes me happy. I specialize in heirloom-quality garments and modern but timeless design. I love the challenge of creating garments specific to your needs, whether a tutu for a sensitive little ballerina, an extra tough pair of pants that is soft on the inside for that rough and tumble kid, your every day favorite clothes, or an elaborate formal gown. When it comes to sewing, I make things happen!
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    Telling sweet secrets
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    These dresses are made with shot cotton and crossweave cotton from Pink Castle Fabrics and Grey shirting from Crimson Tate.
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    The Goodship Dress can express her personality. See tutorial to learn to tie a perfect bow.
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    On an older girl, it's a little bit Punkish.
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    Back view: a little waist shaping goes a long way.
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    It just wouldn't be circus|wear without pockets. Comfort and practicality are just as important as style.
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    A blind hem is the best way to finish a slightly curved edge. Look for my tutorial, if you've never tried one.
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    Handstitching highlights the handmade nature of the dress and gives the collar a pop of contrast. Stitching a triangle at the top edge of the contrast pleat holds it in place.
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    Handstitched collar detail. Tied with a bow.
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    Rolling hills and sweet girls.
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    Tab closure option. Sweet Cap Sleeve option to be a featured tutorial.
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    Tab or Bow Closure; Fabric Choices change the personality of this dress. Noonday Textiles
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    Lollipop Sweet.
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The Goodship Dress sizes 2T-13/14 is now available.

PDF Pattern for instant download
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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.

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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 dress can be made with fabrics and notions you probably already own.

We have broken down the fabric requirements so you have just enough fabric to  customise your design.

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!

PDF Pattern for instant download
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If you have already purchased the Goodship Dress Pattern, and now would like to make the Goodship Dress for Sale, please purchase a Handmaker’s Commercial License in order to register with me. Thank you!
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