While she was sleeping, I made the Miss Polly dress for my sweet Miss R.
Miss Polly is the latest pattern released by my sewing and blogging friend Suz, a talented lady behind Sewpony Vintage patterns. Suz also blogs at Sewpony.
I fell in love with this design the day Suz revealed it. This dress has such unique details and beautiful lines. I knew that Miss R will love the pocket and the buttons. However I wanted to make sure she liked the design before I made the dress, so I showed her a few testers' photos. Miss R especially loved this dress sewn by Emi (because it has purple) and this dress made by Maarika (because it has so many birds).
Miss R's choice of contrasting fabric came as a surprise though. It is Japanese cotton poplin I purchased around three years ago. I used it to make an apple shaped pocket on her Debbie's Birthday dress (the pattern is currently unavailable). I tried to suggest this fabric to her in the past but she rejected it every time. I am very glad Miss R changed her mind as I think this fabric is perfect for her new dress. I used this fabric for the bodice lining also.
As usual, I made my own piping. I used apricotish-orangish lawn to make the casing. Piping is my favourite trim. It is a small detail that has a power to completely transform the look of a garment. Piping is not difficult to make. If you have never given it a go Suz will guide you along the way. I would suggest trimming the cord just past seam allowance to reduce bulk in the seams.
There is an invisible zipper at the back. With right tools and Suz's brilliant instructions invisible zippers are nothing to be afraid of.
This dress was an absolute joy to make. I don't usually use the same pattern twice in one season, but I am glancing at my stash of corduroy wondering if there is enough to make one more Miss Polly dress for my big girlie. The lines of the pattern provide so much room to play with fabric combinations and trim choices to make it look different every time.
The only thing I changed while making this dress was the construction of the pocket. I shortened the length of the skirt front piece to the length of the pocket lining to avoid bulk at the hemline. You can see where the pocket ends in this photo where Miss R, my sweet reluctant model, plays with the dress during the photo-shoot. She always plays with her clothes when she is feeling a little anxious. For the record, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the construction of the pocket that Suz suggests in the tutorial.
What would a young girl like to know about this dress? Miss Polly is perfect for climbing, riding a bike, going down a slide and practicing your best roaring dragon impersonation.
Suz generously offers a 15% discount on all her patterns until the end of day today, the 15th of April. Simply enter the code MISSPOLLY15 at checkout.
Please visit other tour participants for inspiration. I am sure you will love seeing various interpretations of the Miss Polly dress pattern.