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Aleks' Children's Clothing

Alek standing in front of a white brick wall, holding a string holding 4 baby garments.  Left to right light blue romper, watercolor blue dress, off white bloomers and last a little strawberry pattern dress.

When my daughter was little, I made a lot of her clothes – dresses, overalls, coats – and quite a few quilts. As I walked through the store, the sewing patterns for children would catch my eye and I would imagine the cuteness that could be crafted. But then, my inner voice would say, ‘you don’t have any children in your life… why clothes for children?’

When the call went out for samples to be made for this spring, I immediately said I wanted to do a line a children’s clothing. It was right around Easter when I started. Spring, new Easter dresses, hope. It was a perfect project in the middle of COVID-19 quarantine.

I selected a range of different fabrics. I love the Gauze Terrazzo’s light weight and the painter pant splatter design for the baby bloomers. Kokka Double Gauze was a perfect choice for the Smock Top. It is so soft against the skin. The fullness of The Trapezette dress provides a flow that makes the Indigo Field Flowers seem like they are blowing in the wind. And the Teal Strawberries are just plain fun and adorable for the Geranium dress!

Little off white colorful splattered kids bloomers against a white brick wall.

Pattern: Wiksten Baby + Toddler, Bloomers and Pants, size 6-12 mos
Fabric: Atelier Brunette, Gauze Terrazzo, Shell; 100% cotton; $22 per yard
Notions: elastic

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Pale blue little kids dress.  This is a lay flat with the dress on top of a rustic wooden ledge.

Pattern: Wiksten Baby + Child, Smock Top and Dress, size 1-2 year
Fabric: Kokka Double Gauze
Notions: Rounded Square Button; $1.75 ea

Ruby Star Society, Darlings, Strawberries, Teal kids dress against a white rustic wood wall.

Pattern: Made by Rae, Geranium, size 2T
Fabric: Ruby Star Society, Darlings, Strawberries, Teal, by Kimberly Kight; 100% cotton; $13 per yd
Notions: Dyed Shell Button, Berry; $1.50 ea

The Trapezette, Little Girl Pattern made in an indigo flower print.  The dress is hung up in front of a white brick wall.  The dress is in between two other kids apparel.

Pattern: Merchant & Mills, The Trapezette, size 3 year
Fabric: Kokka Field Flower Sheeting, Indigo; 85% cotton, 15% linen; $15 per yd
Notions: Atelier Brunette Quartz Button, 10 mm, Storm; $2 ea

On the day I was finishing the last dress, my daughter (the one I used to make clothes for) let me know she was pregnant with her first child. So, now I know why I was pulled to make kid’s clothing!

Aleks holding up a little dress in front of her, smiling.  Aleks is standing in front of a white brick wall.

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