Friday, April 11, 2014

Maxi-mum Summer

 Jane found this dress that Mom had made for me that never quite fit me right.  I cut it down for Jane and she'd been eying the turquoise eyelet, so I used that for straps. Penny had picked out this silky fabric last fall.  I used the Oliver + S popover pattern for the bodice and gathered it quite a bit so it would be full.  Ended up adding more length to it.  It's very full, but light and silky.  They love maxi length dresses, that's for sure!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lemon Re-do

Jane's lemon birthday dress had been chillin' in her closet...the bodice had gotten a tich tight, so she never wanted to wear it.  We tried it on, and the dress was okay everywhere else, so I hacked it up, and made it into a circle skirt.  So twirly and fun, and great to extend the use of the dress!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eggcellent dress

Been hard to get excited for Easter with winter seeming to never end this year.  Snow has now finally 'almost' melted everywhere after a few warmer days.  Finished Penny's Easter dress...don't usually get the seasonal fabrics, but this was too cute to resist last fall during one of Joann's 50% red tag sales.

 I used the Little Cup Cake Dress by Felicity Patterns.  It is to die for!  This is a size 5, the length is great, but I probably should've done the next size down bodice...I just made the elastic in back a tich tighter.  She says it's a bit itchy on the inside, but it hasn't been through the wash yet; we may just pick up a little spaghetti tank top to go underneath. I love that it's twirly, and the bodice with the ribbon lace is just too cute!




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Laura Dress Testing

I was honored to be able to test Lilybird Studio's new Laura Dress.  I made the size 10, I love the kind of vintage vibe that I achieved with this fabric and pattern.  The dress comes with 2 lengths (dress & tunic), and two collar styles (peterpan, like I did, and a rolled collar option.  The sleeves are super cute and puffed, and the technique for putting them in was great.  It fastens with snaps, which I think I'll be doing more of, as that was also pretty easy. It has a center pleat that makes for a very nice shape and movement to the dress.  Perfect for active little girls!

The pattern came together pretty quickly; it took me a couple of hours of piecemeal bits of time. I'm guessing future ones will be even quicker!  I'm excited to put together a smaller one for my 5 year old. If you'd like to check out more tester photos, please visit Lilybird's blog: http://lilybirdstudio.blogspot.com/2014/03/lauras-dress-sewing-pattern.html