Tuesday, 7 May 2013

.Zip-It.

Who's ready for some new little girl sewing? Here's my newest sewing pattern... 
Zip-It!
Zip-It is a comfortable, easy to wear dress with loads of retro-style. 
Featuring a chunky, bright coloured zipper down the front, it not only boasts funky style, it is also super easy to put on and off.
 
With contrast circular yoke and stand-out curved pockets, Zip-It is a bright, sunshiny dress boasting pure fun.
 
Don't be intimidated by the zipper - this is the easiest way of inserting a zipper you can try, perfect for a beginner! 

Zip-It looks equally great on it's own or with leggings and layers on chilly days - a timeless dress for every occasion!  
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I sketched this dress over a year ago and have been looking forward to seeing it come to life ever since! Zip-It is super practical, easy to wear and features a whole heap of simple details that really bring it to life. 

I think the retro-style deserves brightly coloured fabrics, but can see Zip-It working equally well with solids - perhaps a random sprinkling of buttons sewn around the yoke or a bit of simple hand-embroidery would look great too.
Lil was such a trooper taking these photos - it was freezing cold and she still was a lovely little model (with the reward of painting my toenails when we were done - such simple pleasures and I now have rainbow toes!)

Zip-It is avaliable in two size ranges: Little Zip-It for sizes 0-5 and Big Zip-It for sizes 6-10. It can be purchased as an instant download PDF pattern from my website or paper versions of the pattern will start hitting stores soon. Check out my list of stockists here.

If you would like to win a copy of Zip-It, simply leave a comment on this blog post! (Please make sure you leave an email address with your comment. Giveaway will close Sunday 12th May and winner will be drawn at random).

SUPPLIES:
Make It Perfect, Zip-It sewing pattern
Creative Thursday, The Red Thread, Bunny Triplets in Grey
Jennifer Moore, Monaluna, Mingle in Red 

51 comments:

Jennifer Barker said...

Hello! LOVE this design. Could you please let me know where you found the fabric? It is perfect :)

hello@jenniferbarker.com.au

Sara said...

oh this is so cute, love little girl dresses that actually look like a little girl should be wearing them, the curved yoke is so cute!

Erika said...

My girls are reading over my shoulder going please make us this mum, by the end of school today lol. I think this pattern will be a winner in our house :)

sweeter than cupcakes said...

So cute! The collar and pockets are my favorite!

Lisa Prebble said...

I love this one Toni!, I had an orange one very similar to this in the early 1970s, the story goes that my family was walking down through the streets of Launceston, Mum looked back to check on me behind the pram and I had unzipped my dress and walked straight out of it ;)
I'd love to buy and make this one!

Niki said...

What a fabulous dress! The zipper is a great feature. I love love love it!!!!

Chelsea Parsons said...

cute cute cute xxxx

Julie said...

So adorable! osburns6@gmail.com

Seventh Sphere said...

I love everything about this dress - the collar, the pockets, the zip down the front and of course the fabric you chose!

Ros Davidson said...

Perfect dress for my Miss 6. Great to throw a long sleeved top on underneath with a pair of tights/leggings. Exactly what I need for her wardrobe. Shopping for girls clothing is crazy. So very little that is suitable.

Tas said...

You had me at "Easier way of inserting a zipper"...

What a gorgeous dress. Definately on my "to do" list. I will be breaking out my vintage sheets for this one.

emjay1000 said...

Oh Man! Please stop your sewing frenzy. I am DYING to get sewing but have banned myself from the machine until the end of this uni semester! I am, however, still stocking up on awesome fabrics in anticipation of my return!!! (And my own sewing frenzy)

Renae said...

What a perfect dress! I want one for me haha! I love everything about this. Well done :)

Kristen said...

is that your daughter? She is adorable!
I love this dress ... especially love the fabric you used. Love the pocket, everything.

Beth Anne said...

Such a cute dress! My niece would look so adorable in a dress from this pattern!

faux domestic diva said...

EEEEEK! I am totally in love with this. Actually, my favorite part is the wide-yoked collar that gives a sleeve on the dress. Thank you---I like to have options for sleeves on little girl's dresses, besides only inset-sleeves!

Jane from Lil Pip said...

Oh my goodness - I love this dress. So so so cute! I can't decide what I like more, the round neck, the zip or the pockets?

Is there no end to your creative genius Toni? Amazing!

lilpipdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com

Jayjay said...

Gorgeous. I would love to make this for a little grand-daughter who lives in London.

sdare29 said...

this is highly freaking AWESOME!!!
xoxx s

Anonymous said...

Love it!
masha@durgerlan.nl

bipa qzetes said...

I love it !!! its ADORABLE !!!
bipaqzetes@gmail(dot)com

Cath said...

Great style, bestest model
Knkaboodle@gmail.com

Virginia said...

I love this dress - already have fabric picked out. vgrimsey@netspace.net.au

Emily said...

What a fun new dress! :) emmillee(AT)gmail(dot)com

Kelly said...

It looks awesome Toni!

Kate (The Capricious Crafter and Cook) said...

Gorgeous... I just love this. I also have some of that bunny fabric in my fabric stash...it must be a sign!

Caitlin - craftycrackpot said...

I know a lot of little girls who would love this dress!! :-)

Craftycrackpot@hotmail.com

Alfie said...

Super cute. Can see it made out of cord for a winter version of this dress.

Alfie said...

Oops forgot my email address

angelaleefitzgerald@hotmail.com

The undomesticated scientist said...

how cute! i think my tiny neeeeeeeeds one of these (in bunny fabric too!) helenjwright@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

If I am lucky enough to win I could work on my relationships with zips, because at the moment we are not friends!!! I do love the pattern, the material and especially Lil looking so cute with her hair up!
Frances

Laura said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I have several little girls I'd love to make this for!

Nicole G said...

That is the cutest dress!! Thx for the giveaway.

nicoleg0 at hotmail

Stacey said...

The pockets are awesome, so much to love. Good on you for getting yet another great pattern out!

Anonymous said...

Aren't you amazing, still working hard while about to have a baby! Great dress!
Renee.kate.williams at gmail dot com

Mrs. S said...

Very Cute! Can't wait to try it.
vaspinetti@yahoo.com

Rachel said...

LOVE IT!!! I need to win a pattern, because I just found you and I want them ALL:)
Rachel

theumbrellagirlshop@yahoo.com

Stephanie Zito said...

Oh my goodness I just adore this pattern! Being a mom to 4 girls, the youngest ranging in ages from 18 months to 7 years old, I need this pattern!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

Karen Shaw said...

So cute, my girls would love those pockets.

Sandy said...

OMG this is so adorable! I would love to win this so I can make it for my adorable great-nieces. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jessica Oliveto said...

I'm thinking that this would be the perfect flower girl dress pattern for the very casual wedding I having in a month. Yay!

Natasha Renstead said...

Such a beautiful dress. Ssshhh....don't tell hubby but I'm now secretly hoping our Peanut (due in 6 weeks) is a girl so I can make many versions of this dress :)
natasha.renstead@gmail.com

kate said...

My Lily will be 5 in a month and would love this dress. I especially love that it will look great throughout the year, because she has a habit of wearing her summer dresses in weather that is not so summery.

Kristy said...

Such a perfect mix of simple, wearable and unfussy but still cute and stylish!

Anonymous said...

Love! Love! Love! the new pattern, but I've goota have that fabric! Pretty please, where did you get it from? So special..

Ruth said...

Gorgeous rabbits- my Jemima would love this as she adores bunnies. And I would love to win this pattern!
Ruth

Danielle said...

I usually avoid dresses with zips but I think I would definitely give this one a go...it is sooooo adorable! You are so very clever, Toni!

carpo@vic.australis.com.au

sntbosch said...

Love this and the fabric!
sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

Lesley said...

Love, can't wait to sew it up!!,

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