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

I have written books about sewing for children and adults and I'm the indie designer’s patternmaking secret weapon. I've taught video and in-person classes to anyone who would listen since 2008. I believe that sewing clothes is a radical act of self-love that increases your sense of self-worth. I'm basically your sewing fairy godmother.

Goodship Dress Available for Purchase

It’s here, it’s here! The Goodship Dress is here.

PDF Pattern for instant download
Buy Now | $12

With the help of some amazing and generous testers, and the technical whiz-bang-skillz of Lauren Dahl I’m thrilled to release my finest pattern to date.  I was originally inspired by this Shirley Temple Dress:

I love the enormous Bow on this dress, and the Sailor-y but not Costume-ish style.  I knew going forward I wanted to create styles that foster a wide variety of variation and interpretation so you can really show your kid’s personality off in a way that suits her (or him – up next!). The styles I will release will be sized from toddler to tween with special details to make your handmade garments last.

I was equally inspired by Cloud 9 Fabrics’ Seven Seas collection.  I made three samples of the preliminary Goodship Dress for their Quilt Market Booth in the spring:

Those are the dresses on the bottom center.  Naturally, I needed to make some of Rae’s Charlie Tunic on the bottom right.  Lynn Harris made the vintage dresses up top, interspersed with shirts by Meagan Buch and oooooh a sneak peek of something else I’m working on, too.

I went on to make more of the dress for Ella and her Cousins to have their pictures taken. This time I used Kona cotton for the bright solids and Rae’s Spoonflower Fabrics for fun.

Ella loves hers.

Forgive my photos in the beginning of the post here, but I want you to see the different looks you can create simply by choosing different fabrics. When you go to the Goodship Dress Page you will see some gorgeous photos by Janna Bissett .  We took these in some pretty chilly weather, but Justina and Renate were such good sports.

This pattern wouldn’t be what it is, were it not for some great feedback from testers.

Thanks to Kristie of NIXO for making the first tab version, taking the dress into mod territory; others had asked for a different closure option so little kids can dress themselves.  Please thank my fantastic testers by visiting their links: Kristy, Millie, Palak, Marleen, Michelle, Dyanna , Kelly, Charity, Sara, Andrea, …and the dear, darling, blogless Stephanie K.

Millie and Kelly have already posted reviews!

You can have a look at the Goodship Dress Page for more technical information and to buy the pattern!

p.s. If you want to spread the word, I’d be thrilled. I cannot wait to see what you make!

Goodship Dress by Karen LePage
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  • Anneliese October 29, 2012, 2:44 pm

    This is such a fabulous dress! I love it. Classic and fun and mod. Sailor is one of my favorites… Congratulations on the new pattern! -Anneliese

    • Karen October 29, 2012, 6:43 pm

      Oh thank you, Anneliese! I can’t wait to see how you make it up.

  • gwynn raimondi November 4, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Ohmygosh!! This dress is fabulous!!! I want one for my little girl!! Maybe it’s time I learned how to sew (perhaps by reading your blog! ;)

    I’m really enjoying exploring your site!

    • Karen November 5, 2012, 2:43 pm

      Oh thank you, Gwynn! I’m going to be teaching some beginner sewing classes this month and next here in the Detroit Area….maybe it’s time to branch out :)

  • Sherri April 5, 2013, 4:05 am

    I LOVE your pattern. Thank you so much, it was a pleasure working with it. The details are amazingly well put together – and now I know how to make a side pocket. Hooray! Thought you might want to see how they went together – http://threadridinghood.com/wordpress/easter-dresses/


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