children, sewing

Peony Patterns Ivy & Marigold Dresses {Release}

So I’ve been busy again making dresses for my girls! What can I say? Some things are just hard to resist!

Peony Patterns have added two new sewing patterns and one more embroidery pattern to their collection – so naturally, after being so obsessed with my last Peony sew, I had to sign up to test both dresses!

The Tilda collection at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia

I also recently heard about Tilda fabric and after searching online and later forgetting about it, serendipitously discovered I could get it locally to me! Artistic Artifacts is in Alexandria, VA and while they have a bricks and mortar store, they actually began as an online store (and have a huge warehouse attached to their building!). Their collection spans (mostly quilting) fabric collections from all around the world, a whole range of fabric and paper manipulation supplies such as carved wood blocks from India, stencils, paper crafting supplies, ephemera, hand painted German yarn, and dyes.

So, onto the dresses!

About Peony Patterns Ivy Dress

First up, we have Ivy. This dress is a fairly quick sew and is easy to fit. With its shoelace straps, it’s perfect for warm weather days! Living in Virginia, we still have quite a few of those, so I think this dress will get lots of wear this year, and given the length, be totally fine in the spring!

Fabric used: Tilda Allison Blue, Bon Voyage (Pink from my stash, piping sent to me by Natasha Chrismas (Peony Patterns!))

Peony Patterns Ivy Top/Dress options

Ivy has the following features:

  • Tie straps or fixed straps (I used tie)
  • 3 skirt lengths: top, dress, maxi (I used maxi)
  • Square neckline
  • Elasticized back (uses 3/4″ elastic)
  • Fully lined bodice
  • Sizes 12m – 14
  • Full color tutorial
  • Printable and projector files
  • Suitable for light to medium weight fabrics, including cotton, poplin, linen, lawn etc.

I would rate this dress as Beginner. The entire thing is just straight lines, but there is a bit of top stitching that requires precision. If you have an edge stitch foot, that will make light work of your straps! There are no closures – just elastic in the back. This would be a great project for teaching a child to sew!

The tutorial has you draw lines on the back of the bodice to stitch the elastic casings on. If you have a quilting guide, you can eliminate that step entirely! Just be sure to start your stitching at the top most line (aligned with the seam) rather than aligned with the raw edge like I did in this picture.

I love the flowers! I love the purple flowers! I love that it is long. I wish there was a small one for my owl.

-Feedback from Miss 4

(Looks like mama has some work to do lol).

About Peony Patterns Marigold Dress

Oh Marigold is SUCH a gorgeous dress! It’s perfect for warm weather days too, but you can easily add a cardigan and leggings for cooler weather.

Fabric used: Tilda Happy Campers, Primrose Green (Trim: Hobby Lobby)

I just adore this photo so much! ❤
Peony Patterns Marigold options

Marigold features:

  • Button down placket on front
  • Sweetheart or square neckline (I chose square)
  • Elasticized puffy sleeves
  • 2 skirt options: circle/gathered (I chose gathered)
  • 3 skirt lengths: top, mini, dress (I chose dress)
  • Fully lined bodice
  • Sizes 12M – 14
  • Full color tutorial
  • Printable and projector files
  • Suitable for light to medium weight fabrics, including cotton, poplin, linen, lawn etc.

I would rate this dress as advanced beginner/intermediate. It requires top stitching, button holes, and sewing curves (if you choose the sweetheart option).

My eldest loves her new dress, but has complained about having the buttons on the front. She wants them on the back instead. Hopefully she changes her tune on that when she realizes how much easier it is to dress herself with buttons in front!

I love the flowers, I love the lace, I love that it’s twirly, it looks like a princess dress! I don’t love that it’s short. I want a ballgown.

-Feedback from Miss 8

(Well, we can’t win them all!!)

I had forgotten that I had this parasol! I bought it in Thailand about 20 years ago from an umbrella factory that we visited in Chiang Mai.

Both these patterns (and a hand embroidery lavender pattern) are 30% off this week to celebrate the release! Sale ends Monday September 14, 2020 (12pm Australian Eastern time/10pm US Eastern on Sunday September 13, 2020). Be sure to join the Peony Patterns Facebook group to stay in the loop on new releases AND get all the inspiration too!

Disclaimer: I received these patterns in exchange for testing them. Opinions 100% my own!

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