Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This Dress is Simply Enchanting!


Pattern Review of the Enchanting Dress from Lilac Lane Patterns - The perfect pattern for any special occasion! | www.justgrinandwearit.blogspot.com
 
I was given this pattern for free in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own.
 
I always love a good, versatile pattern.  I knew immediately after seeing the Enchanting Dress from Lilac Lane that I was going to be a huge fan because of its simple lines, yet stunning features.  This dress is great because you can play around with the design to change up the look.  Want a fancier dress to wear to church or for photos?  Make it with the ruffle sleeve and oversized bow!  Prefer a more casual dress?  Leave them off!  I personally think it looks pretty stellar with a monogram, and an applique would be a nice touch, too ;)
 
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This dress is a very easy sew.   There are no buttons or zippers, and the dress just slips over the head. There's a dramatic dip in the back that's just gorgeous, and it allows for the dress to easily be put on or taken off.   It's probably my favorite feature of the dress.   There's gathering on the sleeve ruffle, but other than that, it's just pretty much just sewing straight lines.  The "trickiest" part was attaching the bias tape to the neckline, but the directions are straight forward, and it really is quite simple if you go slowly.
 
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I made the size 3 for my soon-to-be 4 year old after referencing the sizing chart.  I thought the fit was spot on.  I added the 3 inches of lace (that the pattern didn't call for) to the bottom because I thought it was really pretty, ha!  Baby girl is tall for her age anyways, so I didn't think it would hurt.  It turned out really cute! 
 
Pattern Review of the Enchanting Dress from Lilac Lane Patterns - The perfect pattern for any special occasion! | www.justgrinandwearit.blogspot.com
 
The pattern file itself is 168 pages, but don't let that scare you!  The first 13 pages are the tutorial with the remainder of the pages being the pattern pieces.  The pattern fits sizes 2T - Girls 10, and each of those sizes is printed out separately.  Just look at the handy chart on page 13 to determine the size you need, and then you'll be directed to which pages you need to print out.  Super easy.  I always love when a pattern is labeled with the designer, pattern title, and page number on every page, and this one fits the bill.   Each step of the tutorial is numbered and has a corresponding color photo.   Also included is a cutting layout, supply list, and recommended fabrics, plus there are several design examples sent in from testers (I love seeing those).
 
Pattern Review of the Enchanting Dress from Lilac Lane Patterns - The perfect pattern for any special occasion! | www.justgrinandwearit.blogspot.com
 
I'm sooo excited about how stinkin' cute this little dress turned out!  I wasn't sure about using a solid color fabric at first, but I am definitely pleased with the results.  Sometimes it just gives a nice backdrop to all the fun extras like the lace, monogram, and bow. 
 
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Photographs courtesy of Leigh Ann Goodin Photography

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Georgia Vintage Dress- Red Riding Hood Style


Georgia Vintage Dress Pattern Review- See my Red Riding Hood Version | www.justgrinandwearit.blogspot.com

I have hundreds of patterns and not nearly enough time to sew them all.  So I often add new patterns to my mental "To Sew Soon" list, and then forget about them when the next must-have pattern comes along.  But the Georgia Vintage Dress from The Cottage Mama had been at the top of my list for quite some time.  This past August, there was a contest in their FB group to sew up one of their patterns, so I took the opportunity and created this little beauty!

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I spent approximately 5 weeks (or maybe just 2 days, but that's still a ridiculously long time) choosing my fabrics and trims.  I'd been hoarding this Little Red Riding border print in the pink colorway for quite a while just waiting on the right project.  While I loved the border motif with the pink, I knew I wanted to pair it with red.  So I cut the cute pink with white polka dots portion off because I knew that the red gingham print was meant for this fabric.  I also knew I wanted to bring out the teal from the border print, so I decided to go with a teal bib and then add the lace hem tape to the bottom of the print.  The red satin sash and red shoes make everything pop.  I finished it off with a white Swiss dot for the collar, sleeves, and underskirt.  I adore how it all came together!
 
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Let's talk about the actual pattern.  It is made for sizes 6m- Girls 10.  There are options for making it with or without the bib, with or without the underskirt, and with or without the ruffle sleeve.  The PDF is 42 pages with pages 20- 48 being the pattern pieces.  There was a lot of cutting and assembling, so be prepared!  However, there is a chart containing the skirt measurements if you prefer to just cut those out according to the measurements and not print/use the pattern pieces.  It could save you some ink and paper ;)  Her pattern pieces contain grainlines, notches, and other markings, so you know exactly how the pieces should be cut and sewn together.  Each step in the tutorial is accompanied by a clear, color photo so you can see exactly what to do.  Also included are cutting layouts, measuring charts, a list of suggested fabrics and necessary notions, fabric requirements, and design inspiration photos. 
 
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The dress has been a HUGE hit every time she's worn it.  But if you were wondering if I placed in the contest, the answer is sadly no.  I was showcased as an honorable mention, though.  There were a lot of beautiful versions of this dress in the competition, so no hard feelings, haha!  And I loved the dress so much that I sewed up a version for my best friend's little girl using Michael Miller's Children at Play border print.  Maybe I can get her to send over a photo to share here.  It was just as gorgeous as this one :)   
 
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Photographs courtesy of Leigh Ann Goodin Photography

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Coffee Date Dress

Hello!  I recently came across a sew-along hosted by Project Sewn for the Coffee Date Dress by the Selfish Seamstress that's offered as a free pattern on the BurdaStyle website.  I've been wanting to try it for awhile, so I went for it. 
 
It was only my third time to sew up something for myself as I mostly sew for my daughter.  I'm not gonna lie, the idea of working with darts and an invisible zipper scared me, and I almost gave up before I began.  My sweet husband reminded me that I can sew anything, so I decided to keep going (It wasn't as sappy as that just sounded in real life).  I found a really in-depth sew-along from Bobbins of Basil that was just fabulous, and I really relied on her to hold my hand through it all since 99% of the patterns I sew are detailed and include lots of photographs. 
 
I decided to sew the pattern as is since it was my first go at it.  I used a green with navy damask print fabric I bought from JoAnn on sale last week.  I didn't want to ruin any of my nicer fabric should I have failed. 
 
The most difficult part for me were the darts.  I jumped ahead without paying attention to the fact that you don't actually cut the dart lines on the pattern.  Ooops.  Therefore I didn't really get the chance to play around with dart placement because I sort of had to sew that line up as is.  You live, you learn. 
 
But here's my finished product!  Yes, I look awkward in photographs, so forgive me :P  I never know what to do with my hands, lol! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'd like to thank my husband and 6-year old son for their exceptional photography skills ;) 
 
I really do love this dress.  It turned out even better than I thought it might.  I may have to give it another go with a solid top, print on bottom, and a fabric sash.  I think that would be cute, right? 

I'm ready for my coffee date now!
 
 


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