Pinterest Party Dress

One thing I love to use Pinterest for is to peruse for color combinations.  I just love color palettes!  For wardrobe and home styling, I like to think as an artist does about color.  I’ve even pulled out my trusty color wheel on many occasions.  When my first daughter’s birthday was coming up I had this newly purchased pattern from a recent Joann sale, New Look 6140, and some pretty coral and white graphic home dec fabric left over from a project.  So I turned to Pinterest to help me with a cool, modern color combo.  One of those was blue and coral:

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I was sold, so I ran to JoAnn and picked up some royal blue quilting cotton to pair with it.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I made this in May, and I’m still pretty thrilled with the results.  It was a hit with my daughter because of its twirling ability!  She and I grabbed these photos just this past week on the last warm day of the season.  Phew!

Pattern Description: New Look dress for toddler has cross-over bodice and full skirt with optional ribbon belt, trim and hemlines. Make matching or contrast bias binding at neckline.

Pattern Sizing: 1/2 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4.  I made the size 3 (for an average size turning 4 girl) with size 4 length + 1.5 inches.  It was a perfect fit!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so.

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Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I used them and they were good from what I remember.  I did use my Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Sewing for the side lapped zipper installation.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the half circle skirt.  Any little girl loves a skirt that can twirl, and it actually gives a lot of movement and drape for a quilting cotton.  I love the opportunities for mixing prints on the border and bias trim.

 Fabric Used: coral and white home dec cotton and royal blue quilting cotton, both from JoAnn’s.

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yes, I made View B without the applique and with a self belt instead of ribbon.  Also, next time I need to alter the order slightly, as the pattern has you apply all the bias before the side seams which works well for the zipper side, but for the other side you end up with an unsightly seam with the bias edges showing.  I don’t remember if the instructions have you stitch down the front wrap, but I did for modesty.

 Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would like to make this again next summer as a maxi dress since she was asking for a “dress all the way to my toes”.

 Conclusion: Modern dress with a classic wrap bodice, and lots of opportunities for pattern mixing and embellishment.  I think I have a “pin” worthy dress here!

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The hair accessory was made from this pattern: Anais Water Lily.  Highly Recommend!

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Everything Birthday Dress

Everyone else has a sewing blog, so why not me?!  I have decided to join in the fun so that my name in blog comments leads to somewhere interesting, among other reasons.  The first thing up for sharing is The Everything Birthday Dress:

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I used the Oliver and S Birthday Party Dress pattern to make her birthday party dress for her birthday party and for this birthday photo shoot with birthday balloons.  Add to that an embroidered birthday present on the covered button, and you have everything birthday!

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Pattern Description: Blow out the candles! This children’s sewing pattern for a sleeveless A-line dress has three box pleats at center front with options of button tab or ties. Buttons at back and our signature hem facing are just two of the details featured in this cute girl’s sewing pattern.

Pattern Sizing: 6M-3T

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, and I followed them closely since I am a newer garment sewist.  I even used the forum to help me with the hem facing and sewing this particular pattern with french seams, which was a little tricky with the facings.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the design of this pattern, and the opportunities for mixing fabrics and embellishment.  Oliver and S seem to be well known for accurate drafting and detailed instructions which was a great help to me.  Even though this is a distinct looking pattern, I think there is room for lots of these in a little girl’s closet without looking like the same dress.

New techniques learned: I get excited (and nervous) when faced with new techniques.  That is really my goal right now…to learn at least one new thing with each garment that I sew.  With this dress I did my first hem facing, first catch stitch on said facing, first french seams, first machine sewn-on buttons with thread shank, and first embroidery used on a garment.  Yay, me!

Fabric Used: Amy Butler printed quilting cotton with a pink quilting cotton from Joann.  The pinks were a perfect match.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh, yes, and I have for my other daughter for her Easter dress with the ties instead of button tab.  I had another one cut out for this little one, but didn’t get around to sewing it this summer.  Hopefully I’ll finish it sometime and use it as a gift.

Conclusion: Darling dress that I realize has been made and reviewed countless times.  This is a special one to me for many reasons including how much I learned while sewing it.  I am sure I will make it again sometime.

Up next: More reviews! A review of my other daughter’s birthday dress from New Look 6140 and a trio of skirts for me from the popular Simplicity 2226, plus a maxi dress.