accessories, sewing

SLPC Dolly Aria Dress & Roxie Leggings Release

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links that help support my blog. I received this pattern in exchange for testing it. 

Because I need to have a million things on my plate at any one time, a couple of weeks ago I decided to sign up to test the new Simple Life Pattern Company Aria Dress for dolls! I already own the girls version of this dress and just KNEW my eldest would LOVE to match her doll with this one! While I didn’t have time to sew up a matching Aria for my daughter this time, I did get two made for her doll.

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About the Dress

The Dolly Aria Dress features a bow or solid back with closure, two sleeve lengths, sleeveless option, ruffle sleeve option, and multiple skirt options – gathered, circle, tunic/midi/ruffled. The pattern is available in 3 doll sizes – 14″, 15″ and 18″ – and all in separate layers for easy printing.

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I sewed up the 18″ (American Girl) size dress with short sleeves and circle skirt in tunic length. In my second version I added ruffles to the sleeve, but I suggest only using the ruffle on the sleeveless or long sleeved versions as it’s a bit too much with the short sleeves.

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I decided to jump straight in with using nice fabric for my first test version – in this adorable strawberry fabric from Wolf & Rabbit (I adore W&R fabric – the designer is extremely talented and hand painted these strawberries!!). Miss (nearly) 8 however, was quick to point out that she didn’t like this one because it didn’t have a closure on the back. Whomp whomp whomp. I was very grateful that Gail, the designer of this pattern, took our tester feedback on board and made the necessary adjustment to create a velcro back!

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I used the sushi fabric (also Wolf & Rabbit but currently NA) to create the second version of this dress – this time with a closure – but with a not-quite-so-nicely-done neckline (my bad… I failed to clip the corners to give it that nice sharp point). I also used the wrong size back panel on this dress (this has been corrected on the final version) – the strawberry dress shows the correct size for the low back version (the high back goes behind all the bows).

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This pattern is listed as beginner, and that might be the case for the basic version of the dress, but I would rate the bow back version as intermediate as it is a little fiddly. I did use Wonder Tape to baste the bows to the back before stitching it. Next time I plan to add interfacing to each edge of the back to keep it from stretching out as I piece it together.

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About the Leggings

I didn’t seem to have leggings in my collection of doll patterns, so Gail sent me a copy of the new Dolly Roxie Leggings pattern to promote with the tunic. These leggings also come in 14″, 15″ and 18″ sizes, all layered in a PDF. There’s also an option for a skirt. Since I was pairing mine with a dress, I skipped the skirt. The leggings are super fast to sew up and have a nice snug fit. Isabella – the doll – is a fan ;-).

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Grab both these patterns on sale! They’re just $4.80 each (25% OFF) until October 17, 2019 (no coupon needed). Yay!

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Link Summary

Love Wolf and Rabbit fabrics? Check out the latest pre-order! Everything in the latest collection has been hand painted by the designer! (I’m going to go broke 😦 !!)

 

 

 

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