So the fancy (and talented) Lizzy House announced a Catnap Dress Competition back in January and we were obviously psyched. But we were also super-duper busy preparing for the Quilting with a Modern Slant book launch AND our 3rd Birthday celebration. PLUS we ran out of Catnap fabric. Yes. We ran out of TWO of the Kitty Dreams colorways and couldn't get more in before the deadline. In the last couple of weeks we have sold out of other prints in the collection as well. Total bummer when you want to tell all your friends and family to make a cat dress.
In the gather here spirit we wanted to show folks that this collection is great in a variety of contexts. Because while we love dresses we also really love dress-shirts. And stuffed animals. And artists that paint princesses in Catnap dresses. And 7 year olds that are transformed into kittens when they hem their own clothes. Here's what we did. And we know the Cats of Gather Here wholeheartedly approve.
Catnap Dress Friday! Because sometimes everyone comes to work in their Catnap Dress... <PREVIEWEND>
The Zooguu Cat with Catnap Kitty Dreams in Cranberry belly and ears. Jen has been adding fabric accents to her toys and her last Dinosaur workshop featured Catnap Kitty Dreams on the sample T-Rex. Yep, that dino is the cat's meow.
Alison (sewing instructor and manager) made her Catnap Washi Dress out of Kitty Dreams in Grass with sleeves, contrast cuff and peter pan collar. Also sporting an awesome Giant Dwarf mint green starlette crown.
Carrie (of Craigie on Main and a gather here consultant) made her Catnap Cambie Dress out of Cat's Cradle in Lemon with a contrast band of Liberty of London Tana Lawn. She altered the center back of the dress with a contrast button placket which is too awesome for words.
Carla (embroidery and Kids program instructor) made her Catnap Kat Strapless Dress out of Chasing Butterflies in Wind and cotton voile. The layered skirt, boned bodice and perfect fit is definitely a winner in our book. Plus it's a "Kat" dress!
Emily (the lady we call when we need graphic design!) made her Catnap Belladone Dress out of Kitty Dreams in White with a linen/cotton skirt. Pockets are in the Catnap fabric. And those perfect peachy orange pumps...
Little E is 7 and we learned that cat dresses can transform a 7 year old into a cat. The entire hem of this dress was stitched by a sweet cat who purred, meowed, and gave kitty snuggles. Purrrrr-fect. Little E's dress is the Lily in Purrfectly Happy with shot cotton contrast.
Noah (or as he is fondly known 'round these parts, Mr. Here) made his Catnap Negroni Dress-shirt out of cotton plaid by Kokka and Kitty Dreams in Cranberry. With contrast cuffs, sleeve plackets, under-collar, and facings this shirt walks that fine line between kitsch and totally fashionable. We're voting totally fashionable. Buttons selected by Little E.
Sophie (knitting instructor and manager) made her Catnap revised Proper Attire out of Catnip in Lavender. But let's be honest, it's the Nougat sweater that gave us whiplash from taking a second look. The Nougat pattern is by Army of Knitters. Yarn is from Silver Moon Farm and Cascade 220 fingering. Gurrrrlllll, that is fierce.
Maggie (a gather here constant and maker of all things) made her Catnap Sarong out of Purrfectly Happy in Cranberry. This backdrop isn't photoshopped. Maggie is actually in Puerto Rico and made sure that the gather here catreach reached over the Atlantic.
Jerry (Alison's man-friend and the owner of Odd Fellows recording studio) is also wearing Purrfectly Happy in Cranberry. And yes, he took a selfie in the Harvard University public restroom. Meow.
Princess in a Catdress by Eling. Our motto for 2014 #MakersGonnaMake is because of the talented Eling who posted her fine lettering in 2013 and we begged her to allow us to co-opt it. Eling painted this pretty princess not only wearing Purrfectly Happy but also kitty slippers, a kitty crown AND carrying the cutest ginger kitten ever.
Virginia (sometimes called Ms. Here or the Crazy Cat Lady) made her Catnap Emery Dress out of Purrfectly Happy in Cranberry. As some of you know, Virginia already owns a Catnap Traveler Dress in Kitty Dreams in Grass but for the 3rd birthday party she really wanted to make another dress. Paired with some black velvet kitten flats, she's quite the cat lady.
We hope you've made awesome clothing, toys, quilts and honestly, just been inspired by the Catnap collection. Want to share your pics with us? Tag gather here in your Instagram photos! Or add them to the gather here flickr group! Plus we hope you'll hashtag #communitycatreach because that's what it's all about. Right? Let's make all the things together! Everywhere.