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Hurray for fall and cute new dresses! I was back at it again these last few weeks making new dresses for my girls and they just turned out so beautifully!
About the fabric
First up, fabric!! This linen is just beautiful! I got this one (rich purple linen) from Topknot Doll Linen Company, based in Western Australia. She carries a range of 9 colors, all custom dyed and exclusive to Topknot Doll. These fabrics are all 100% flax seed linen, making them strong, durable, and perfect for both clothing and home decor projects. (Learn more about the characteristics of 100% flax seed linen here). Vanessa, the owner, ships her products worldwide and offers 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for her newsletter. For even more inspiration, join the TopKnot Doll Facebook group too! I love to support small businesses, especially women owned ones, so that’s also another great reason to check her shop out <3.
Now, onto the pattern!
The Jasmine Dress by Peony Patterns is another gorgeous staple for girls’ wardrobes! With long and short sleeve options, Jasmine is perfect for year round wear.
Here’s some of the features you’ll find with this pattern:
- Long and short bubbled sleeves with elasticized wrist (long) / bicep (short)
- Fully lined bodice
- Optional ruffle on front and/or back bodice
- Button back with skirt placket
- Two skirt styles – tiered and regular, and two lengths – dress and mini
- Suitable for medium and lightweight woven fabrics
- Fully photographed, easy to follow tutorial
- Instructions for blending between sizes
- Layered PDF in A4/Letter + A0/projector files
- Front bodice works perfectly with embroidery or other embellishments.
- Size 1 – 14
I would rate this one as advanced beginner. It’s not particularly difficult – challenging steps may be buttonholes (you can do snaps if you prefer), sewing gathered fabrics, and neat topstitching (I recommend getting an edge stitching foot if you don’t have one already!).
And a note on the elastic – to create a bubble effect, the elastic is sewn into a casing, **and then** turned under and tacked down at the quarter points. A number of testers missed this final step, resulting in a less bubbly sleeve. While the instructions have since been updated to hopefully bring more attention to that step, I think it’s just worth mentioning to pay attention to that part of the tutorial!
I made my 4 1/2 year old a size 2T width lengthened to size 4. Remember to always go by measurements rather than age or store bought clothing size! Also note, if you choose to use a larger button than suggested, you may need to widen your back bodice pieces to accommodate a larger overlap.
Iris is the latest embroidery design from Peony Patterns. This one comes with a range of different rainbows with a variety of stitches to choose from in the tutorial.
I would suggest doing a test before stitching your final piece as I had to rip mine out a couple of times until I was getting things nice and neat! The other thing I’d suggest doing, especially for the satin stitches, is making a single thread running or back stitch outline of the rainbow before beginning your satin stitches, then stitching just over/on that line. This step made a big difference in making mine nice and neat. (Note, if you are using Sulky Printable Solvy you may be just fine without the initial back stitching, since the line is clearer – I am cheap and just use carbon paper to copy my designs onto my fabric!)
Final Thoughts & Sale Details
Overall, another great rewarding sew from Peony Patterns! The fit is spot on, and I really love the style – cute ruffles and billowy sleeves that are trendy and feminine. Perfect for any season, this is a dress that you can easily make over and over again. You can grab the Jasmine Dress and Iris embroidery on sale until Monday November 9, 2020 at 12pm Australian EST (that’s Sunday Nov 8th at 8pm US Eastern).
Disclaimer: I received these sewing patterns complimentary from Peony Patterns in exchange for testing them. I received 2 meters of rich purple 100% linen from Topknot Doll in exchange for review and promotion. Opinions are always 100% my own!