After seeing Hey June’s City Park Tee in action a few times, plus the extra tutorials Adrianna added for modifying the tee to a dress and swing style dress I knew it was something my girls would love to wear. Having all the added options available was really great resource as well, because we all love variety! So a swing dress it is!
I go back and forth about sewing for my girls. I love love LOVE making them things. But kids are hard on clothes, they grow out of them quickly, and knits can be on the pricier side. But I think that being able to make something for them that they wear with pride, something they can help decide what they like and would want to change, something just for them – makes it all worth while for me.
The other super positive thing is that more and more knits are becoming more widely available. Plus, there are tons of great designer prints now, too. I used to spend a lot of time searching online or sifting through the remnant bins that my local Hancock Fabrics used to have. It was very hit or miss.
This was a fun and quick make. I used some of my stretch thread in the bobbin like Adrianna suggests in the pattern. I’m hoping this might be the last piece of the broken stitches puzzle that a lot of the hems I sew on my kid’s clothes succumb to. Making this dress for Natalie felt really great. Each step along the way I held it up and could just imagine the excitement on her face when she’d see it finished. I actually hadn’t sewn with knits for a while, more a year ago at least? It was too long and I’m glad to be back on the wagon.