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Make It Perfect, Zip-It

.Zip-It with horses.

IMG_5289IMG_5282IMG_5285IMG_5306I’m the first to admit that Lil has WAY too many clothes. But when you are the only little girl of a Mother who loves to sew, that’s just the way it goes!

We retired her duck Zip-It dress a few months ago (this slow-growing girl gets great milage out of her clothes!) so of course she needed a replacement for the wardrobe.

I really like this horse print fabric from Cotton + Steel and it has been sitting on the shelf for too long. I think the Zip-It dress looks great with a feature print for the main body of the dress. The sleek triangular, a-line shape shows off a favourite print perfectly. For the yoke and bias trim on the dress I paired the feature print with a solid navy scattered with tiny gold dots. It adds a bit of sparkle to the dress.

Zip-It dresses are one of Lil’s favourite to wear. Because it is so cold at the moment they are usually paired up with stockings and a cardigan or long-sleeved top underneath but they are an ideal Summer dress to wear while keeping cool.

Our little girl turned 8 this week – EIGHT! I’m making the most of these little girl, dress-making years because I know they will be over in the blink of an eye!

SUPPLIES:  Make It Perfect, Zip-It pattern // Cotton + Steel, Mustang, Horses in Aqua // Dear Stella, Confetti Sparkle, in navy

Make It Perfect, Zip-It

.MIP Pattern Parade: MISS MATATABI.

Today’s guest on the Pattern Parade needs no introduction on my blog, she is like an old friend and if you’ve been hanging out here for awhile then you will know who Miss Matatabi is! Frances (the girl behind Miss Matatabi) is an Aussie living in Japan and she runs an amazing fabric store, Miss Matatabi, specialising in modern Japanese fabrics. Because Frances actually lives in Japan, she manages to get her hands on rare and unique fabrics – many of which are suitable for sewing clothing – and she sells them for a great price too!

Frances’ daughter, A is wearing a sweet Zip-It dress in the Parade today. Frances used a soft (double sided) cord from her shop for the dress and it is so pretty. I love how she used the one fabric for the whole dress, with no contrast. It really takes the dress to a different level. See more at Miss Matatabi!


The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade Virtual Catwalk introduces…









Make It Perfect, Zip-It

.MIP Pattern Parade: DOGUINCHO.

Joining the Pattern Parade all the way from Portugal today is Marta from DoGuincho. (Portugal…cool, huh?!) She sews bright and happy clothing for her two super cute daughters and all of her posts include English translation, which is good for us non-Portuguese readers and way easier than using Google Translate!!

Marta is sharing a gorgeous Zip-It dress she has sewn for her daughter in the Pattern Parade. Doesn’t it scream “Summer”? I think she needs an ice cream cone to top it off! I think just about any little girl would love a dress that looks as cute as this one! Visit DoGuincho to see more photos of Marta’s creation.

The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade Virtual Catwalk introduces…









Make It Perfect, Zip-It

.Duckies Zip-It + winner.

I’ve been holding onto this fabric since 2009! One of my absolute favourites from Lizzy House’s first range, Red Letter Day.
So I guess it goes to show how much I love the Zip-It dress pattern…I didn’t have any trouble cutting into the fabric at all!

Love the lime green with contrasting blue – always nice to have a change from pinks and purples for little girls.
And I think it looks absolutely adorable on Lil – I can’t wait to sew some more for her!

The Zip-It pattern giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your entries and excited feedback! Congratulations Erika, you’ve won a copy of the pattern – I’ll send you an email 🙂

And remember, if you want to get your hands on a copy of Zip-It, you can purchase an instant download pattern here or find a stockist here.

Happy Mothers Day to all of the beautiful Mum’s reading – this message is for you! 
Make It Perfect, Zip-It pattern
Lizzy House, Red Letter Day, Ugly Duckling in Pond
Suzy Ultman, Suzy’s Dollhouse, Dots in Blueberry
Make It Perfect, Zip-It


Who’s ready for some new little girl sewing? Here’s my newest sewing pattern… 
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!