Recently we were given the opportunity to review a pattern from The Tie Dye Diva. Miss M loves full and twirly skirts, so given a choice we opted for The Fairytale Dress. Big bows, twirly skirt and a little tulle right up her alley!
This dress appeals to me on every level. The skirt is two layered rectangles, which makes it easy to cut and allows you to off set the points, creating the cute handkerchief look. The pattern also gives an option for tulle.
You may remember at Halloween Ms M wanted to be a “Pretty Pretty Princess” complete with a very pink dress and yards and yards of tulle. If you missed it see it HERE. So a layer of tulle it was! Of course I was very lucky to find the perfect color, so I knew it was meant to be. I left the tulle a little longer than the skirt, so it would peek out from the skirt. The tulle gives the skirt more body while twirling as well.
The bodice of the dress laces in the front and ties in the back. This style works for us because although M is tall she is very narrow. I used cord to lace the front. I like the look of the cord, but you could use ribbon or even make a contrasting or matching tie. The front of the bodice does have 6 buttonholes to thread your tie through.
Jen also gives you options if you are REALLY not into buttonholes- because that’s a lot of buttonholes. My new machine makes perfect buttonholes every time, so the terror I used to feel has left me.
This is pulled tight to fit her now, but because of the forgiving nature of the ties, they will be able to loosen as she grows. There are also directions on how to adapt the placement of your buttonholes so that when you thread your drawstring it will not overlap this much. As always, I made this a state away and mailed it, so I just put the buttonholes in the standard location.
The straps fit over the shoulder and tie at the back in a bow. This allows for more adjustment.The nice part about the straps is they will also allow for extra length as M gets taller. (This is an equally nice feature if you have a short child you can tighten up your straps) I made this up in a 2, which is sized perfectly. This pattern was a joy to sew. Jen gives her “Pink Pin” tips, which will help even the novice sewer.
I have already chosen the next pattern to make up! I am sure there will be many down the road! Thanks Jen for another great option!
Happy Sewing, Donna