So, I was recently introduced to a wonderful 'new to me' designer: Kikoi Patterns. Have you seen her shop? What wonderful wearable patterns - there are quite a few that I think could work great for back-to school! Today we are sharing a review of the Polka Dots Dress - cute, comfortable, and catty... no really it has sweet little cat pockets (but those are optional, you could do plain pockets as well). Susan of Kikoi is also giving away 5 patterns to one lucky winner!!! How awesome is that!!!!
- This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.
Now take it away Katie....
The most time consuming part is the hand embroidery for the cat’s face. I don’t have ANY hand embroidery experience, and was worried that mine wouldn't look as cute. I just used a fabric marker to draw the eyes, mouth and whiskers that she used (the nose is a fabric applique), and took my time stitching them. I think it came out pretty adorable, don’t you?
I finished this dress over the course of one afternoon. It probably would have been a very quick sew (under 2 hours), but my 3 little sweeties love to bug me when I am sewing. They wanted to go to the pool and I wanted to see the end result of this dress, so I tried to rush through the arm and neck binding. I ended up stretching the fabric, resulting in uneven armholes. That’s when you put it down and wait for naptime! I ripped off the binding and started over, and finished it up just in time for my daughter to wake up and squeal with happiness over her new dress. The downside? Her twin brother is obsessed with all things cat and cute, and he wants one, too. Hmmm…maybe a T-shirt?
This dress is so sweet, and so unique. Plus, it’s totally comfortable and she hasn't wanted to take it off (this child normally changes outfits at least five times per day). It’s a definite must for your girl’s back to school wardrobe! And, I found another “must have” from Kikoi Patterns (you can never have too many patterns, right??). My daughter is going to LOVE this skirt!