Last up in our Spring pattern introductions is the Starling Dress & Shirt, which is sure to prompt lots of ruffly fun for your little one. Think birthday parties, school plays, Mother's Day brunch, or just heading off to school.
As an added option, we have provided instructions to make a shirt version of this garment. I think the shirt would look great with our Finch Shorts or a pair of pants come fall.
The dress has raglan sleeves and a wide, flat yoke. The unique ruffled flounce gives the dress its real visual punch. The first time I sewed up the flounce, I was really surprised how easily it came together and how nicely it looked. I previously have sewn a lot of ruffles using a gathering stitch (where you baste long stitches along the fabric edge, then pull the bobbin thread to create a gathered ruffle). The Starling ruffle is a lot different in construction, but not a lot more involved. And, might I add, it is pretty fun to sew!
A great feature of this design is that it allows you to showcase fun fabrics. In this dress, we have again used our mauve sateen (for the main body) and Alexander Henry's Larkspur Meadow (for the yoke and ruffled flounce). You could certainly mix and match other fabrics, in differing combinations, to give your Starling a different look.
By the way, this is probably a good time to mention that we are putting together sewing kits for all of our patterns to sell in the shop and help you see different styling options. We think these kits are a great way for you to minimize the time you spend picking out the right fabrics and notions and to maximize the time you spend creating!
Now that we've unveiled all of our looks, I am happy to report that the shop opening is just around the corner, so please stay tuned. I am ready for a celebration, everyone!! I could use a little pick me up, so here are some pretty party things to do just that.