K.I.D.S. – Girl. Inspired.

I absolutely love today’s guest, Stefanie from girl. Inspired. Every time she posts, I get excited! She has some of the most lovely sewing projects and tutorials around…

And that is not even getting into all of the incredible eye candy she is constantly throwing our way with her beautiful handmade parties…

Stefanie is one of the sweetest ladies out there, and I am honored to call her friend. And I jumped at the opportunity to invite her on the site today to be a part of K.I.D.S.!


 Hi there, I’m Stef from Girl. Inspired.  I am SO thrilled to be participating in the amazing K.I.D.S. project here at Me Sew Crazy.  Seriously, brilliant series.  My girls see me playing with fabric all the time and they love to get involved in any way they can.  Olivia is especially interested in fashion design and at age 7, she’s getting pretty good at sketching up just what she wants.  She didn’t skip a beat when I asked her to draw
anything and I would make it for her.  

I think her design turned out quite chic and I did my best to replicate it….minus the 10-inch heels…though I did let her go pick out some of my heels to wear for the photo shoot.  

To make the dress, I started with the “Ashley Knit Dress” by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, but elongated the bodice all the way to knee length, shortened the sleeves, and added two rows of ruffles around the hem.  

Since Olivia is so petite, I worked off of a size 4 pattern and custom fit the sleeve and hem lengths.  I used a really soft, jersey knit for the dress, as I was trying to mimic Olivia’s sleek design.  I think it was a good fit for a child’s dress, but I was concerned that it might look too much like a nightgown, so I added a silk bow on the shoulder for just a little touch of dressiness.  

Of course, Olivia included accessories in her design, so I stitched up a “phurse” based on her sketch.  

This was super quick and fun to make and Olivia was THRILLED that it actually opened. 

The temperature here has dropped drastically in the last few days so we had to run out in the freezing cold for a quick photo shoot the other evening.  We left the phurse on the counter inside and had to run out again for another shot with it.  Olivia was SO cold, but totally determined to model her design!!

I love how she poses in all her pictures – such a natural!  I guess her mama would think so!
Anyhow, thank you so much for inviting me to participate in this series, Jessica!  One of my favorite projects yet and I love seeing what all the other little ones are designing! 


The dress and ‘phurse’ are so stinking cute Stefanie!  Your daughter is quite the fasionista with those heels – HA!  Love it!  Thank you so much for being here and being a part of this fun Series!
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…
Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Her drawing is amazing – especially for her age. What a darling little girl. Love her design. What an encouraging thing to do – to take her seriously enough to make the dress she designed. She’ll never forget that!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness, that dress is fabulous! I’m so impressed that a 7 year old drew that. I LOVE Stephanie’s designs and its so wonderful that her daughter is following in her Momma’s design genius.

  3. says

    Lovely dress! I have a few frocks I have made recently that could almost go in the nightgown territory. I may try adding some bows and see if that helps.

  4. says

    Thanks again for having me, Jess! And for all the sweet comments ladies! Olivia is so proud of her design and Grace is waiting for her turn. Grace’s design, however, requires some additional fabric – like, say, 15 different colors of fabric. :)

  5. says

    I love this whole idea! When I was little mum would quite often try and make my sister and I the dresses our wild imaginations came up with. It goes to show how important it is to a kid that it has stuck in my memory like this for so long!

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