I’m a massive fan of both Suz from sewpony and Jill from Kneesocks & Goldilocks work so when I saw this collaboration, I knew it would be a beautiful match and I was not disappointed. The dress really does reflect both designers style, elegant and timeless. The classical aline shape of the dress along with the vintage ruffle neckline is so sweet together and there is even inseam pockets which every kid loves! It’s a gorgeous pattern and great for beginners.
For the tour, I originally wanted to use this sweet vintage fabric (which I will later when the weather gets warmer for a sleeveless version) or this out of print Alexander Henry print but little miss wanted something ‘warmer’ to wear. She wanted a knit dress!
However the pattern is designed for woven but I thought it would still work. It’s easier to go from woven to knit than knit to woven I think (that’s just my personally view). She is currently a size 5 and so I decided not to size down for this knit version since it’s getting quite cold now, it would be perfect for her to layer a thermal top underneath if need be.
I used a beautiful denim print cotton lycra which I bought from Orinoco designs for the main dress and the weight of the fabric is nice and stable which means I don’t lose the aline shape of the dress. To ensure, the dress can be worn through winter, I chose the 3/4 sleeve option and trimmed off the seam allowance and added this super soft (and I mean super soft as she does not like anything rough against her skin) blush netting tulle from The Fabric Store to the sleeve to dress it up a bit and make it a long sleeve (as she wanted long sleeve). Personally, I would have prefered the 3/4 sleeve finished but since she is wearing this I need to make some allowances (smiley face).
For the neck ruffle, I used the same netting tulle but rather than making it a single ruffle, I doubled it to give it a fuller look. Before attaching the ruffles I sewed a 12mm nylon tape to the neckline to prevent the neckline from stretching out of shape and help give the neckline some hold. You can also use a ‘tear-away vilene‘ instead especially if you are sewing with deliciate woven fabrics.
To finish off the neckline, I used the bias binding and button closure option though there is the tie option as well. Then for the final touch, I add a dainty pearl button to compliment this classical vintage look.
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Also to help you get started, Suz is offering a 10% off any sewpony pattern until June 2 with the codeword DRESSEDINSEWPONY Plus she is also running her first
Sewpony sewing contest (see link for more details) and there are two categories, Australian and International along with two prize pools. The prizes are amazing so make sure you enter.
Happy sewing and thank you for visiting xx