I was lucky enough to win a giveaway, over at Creating My Way to Success... four PDF patterns from Whimsy Couture!!! I chose Terrific Tees, Ladies Peasant Top, Hooded Jacket and the one I've made up, the A-line Tunic Dress.
Two versions of the A-line dress are included in the pattern: one that is fully lined and the second with a ruffle. You know how much I love ruffles, so of course I chose the unlined one with a girlie ruffle.
My first version is this red floral, co-ordinated with a black and white polka dot. From the outside, this dress looks exactly like the one in the pattern, but I have modified how it is constructed. The pattern suggests: 1) Sew bodice lining to front. 2) Repeat for the back. 3) Sew ruffle to front. 4) Repeat for the back. 5) Sew the side seams. I have used the old school way:
- Sew side seams.
- Sew bodice linings together at side seams.
- Sew bodice lining to the dress.
- Sew ruffle pieces to form one long tube and gather.
- Sew ruffle to dress.
Either way, it's a cute, little dress that's very quick and easy to make.
Here's my second version. Isn't that bear fabric just adorable!!! My Mum found this brand new fabric in an Op shop (Thrift Store). This dress is constructed the same way as the first, but with two modifications. These changes are not in the pattern, but are so easy to do. First up, I've added a contrasting fabric for the bodice. Just remember to add the seam allowance to both the bodice and the main fabric.
The ruffle, both in the pattern and on the polka dots in the first dress, is a strip of fabric that is doubled over before it is gathered. For my second dress, I haven't doubled the fabric. I like both methods. They just give a different effect.
When I held the finished dress up, it seemed a little thin. It wasn't see through, but I could see my hand when the dress was held up to the light. Just to make sure, I added a black lining to the skirt.
For someone who is new to sewing, this is a great pattern. The instructions include lots of photos with detailed, step by step instructions. If you are more experienced with sewing, you may not need the instructions, but can use the pattern as a base to create your own design variations.
I mentioned that the pattern comes with a fully lined version, which is reversible. That's one for me to make next time. I think I'll need the instructions for that one.
Thanks Creating My Way to Success and Whimsy Couture for my new pattern. I love it!!!
These little dresses will be joining the previous dresses for the Hopeful Threads sew-along to support Dress A Girl Around the World.
- Project announcement and details
- Links to free dress patterns
- Dress A Girl - Basics
- Dress making guidelines from Dress A Girl Around the World.
Have a look at some of the gorgeous dresses that have been made for this month's sew-along.