While she was sleeping I made the latest pattern by Sewpony Vintage - the Sunday picnic dress.
It is such a cute dress. I fell in love with it when Suz first introduced the pattern on her blog. It has such a beautiful vintage feel about it. This pattern can be made for any season as it offers long, cropped of above elbow sleeves, or sleeveless. Add a collar and you will get a different look. One can use various embellishments to jazz up the dress, or keep it simple. The bodice of the dress is lined. The dress closes with an invisible zipper, and there is no hand stitching required.
As we are heading towards summer I made a short sleeve version of the dress to help protect Little Monkey's shoulders from the harsh Australian sun. The pattern offers above the elbow sleeve length. I just made it shorter. Yeah I know I am genius.
Pockets. Little Monkey's clothes has to have pockets! How else will she be able to carry her cars and collect treasures such as leaves, stones and gum nuts that she calls doughnuts?
Or a red dice?
The world is a brighter place if you look at it through a red dice. Oh c'mon, if my four year old daughter says so, who am I to argue?
I love it when Little Monkey participates in the process of making her clothes. I chose the fabrics for this dress. Little Monkey picked the buttons. Well, I had two options lined up for her to choose from, but she insisted we looked through all the buttons to find better ones. We had so much fun sorting out a huge jar of buttons by shapes, colours and sizes! She eventually declared that square buttons were her favourite.
I love piping, so I could not pass the opportunity to play with it. I wanted to save time and use store bought bias tape to make piping, however finding a matching shade of blue proved to be impossible. After wasting time going shopping for bias tape I ended up making my own.
I actually stuffed up my piping. Once I sewed up the bodice I wanted to cut the cord out of the piping casing from the inner bodice piece, that is hidden. I pulled the cord out as far as I could and chopped it off... and realised it was the outer bodice piece... oops... I considered that a practice go and repeated the procedure on the inner bodice piece.
Speaking of instructions, they are very clear and well written, accompanied by photos. The pattern is well designed, all pattern pieces have notches, so everything lines up perfectly. The pattern is aimed at the intermediate sewist. I consider myself an adventurous beginner, and look - I made the dress without any hassles.
Little Monkey loves her new Sunday picnic dress, and I do too. Thank you very much Suz for inviting me to be a part of the pattern tour.
I have two lovely tour buddies today. This is Annika's gorgeous creation. You can read more about her version of the Sunday picnic dress here.
I love this version of the Sunday picnic dress that Yeka has created! You can read about it here.
If you would like to see more versions of this dress, please visit other pattern tour participants.
For the duration of the tour Suz is offering a 15% discount on the Sunday picnic dress pattern with the code SUNDAYTOUR15. Have fun sewing!