The Narita Dress

The Narita Dress is a digitally drawn pattern with fully illustrated instructions that is delivered to your email in .pdf form. It comes in 8 sizes from 18 months – 8 years and features a button-back placket bodice, optional on-seam pockets, and a swingy skirt in 6 parts. The options for customization are endless depending on the type of fabric you use, the number of different fabrics you use, and the print. The bodice is also an excellent way to feature a small amount of embroidery, like I did with the anchor in the top picture.
I’ve made many variations of this dress, but this nautical-inspired one is my fave! Check out those fun anchor buttons I found.DSC_0050
While quilting cottons are not recommended because of their bulk, you can work around that by cutting on the bias, like I did with this polka dot. You can see how this gives it a bit more swing and drape. (I also cut the green fabric on the bias so it would match, but it was a lighter weight broadcloth.)
This dress is particularly gorgeous and swingy in a soft voile, like the AMH featured here:DSC_0109
And here you can see what it looks like in quilting cotton. It’s certainly possible, it just doesn’t have the same drape.
You may not know, but my patterns are being named after places I’ve been. This dress always looked to me like something you might find in a Japanese sewing book. Unfortunately I’ve only been to one place in Japan so far, and that is the Narita Airport 🙂 Luckily it has a pretty name.
Happy Sewing

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2 thoughts on “The Narita Dress

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    June 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I’m impatiently waiting for a time when I’m not testing or working so that I can actually make this. It’s a beautiful dress and I’m excited to see it in action.

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      June 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Suzanne! It’s so hard to find time to do all the projects I have planned in my head, so I definitely know how that goes!

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