I’m so excited to share my Honeysuckle Dress with you today! This is a project I actually made over a month ago now, so it’s been a bit hard to keep it locked away! When my daughter picked out this gorgeous Arabesque quilting cotton from P&B Textiles, my plan was to make her a Peony Patterns Poppy Dress. But then Honeysuckle went into pre-test mode and so there was a little change of plans!
Honeysuckle is similar to Poppy – it has a ruffled bodice, gathered skirt, and round neckline. The back is a little different though – where Poppy has a low back, Honeysuckle has a full buttoned back instead. Honeysuckle also comes with sleeve options, making it perfect for any time of year. The side ties are another optional feature of Honeysuckle, and they add a sweet touch to this dress. I chose to make them from quilting cotton, but you can also use lace or ribbon instead. Sizing runs from children’s size 1-14. The pattern is downloadable and can be printed (A4 or Letter size) or projected.
For this dress, P&B Textiles sent me Arabesque Wide 108″ in purple (it comes in 4 colorways) and purple quilting cotton from their Suede collection. I created my own piping with Kona cotton, and added some lace that I won recently from Janet at 7 Pine Design (follow her on Instagram – she’s a FIT grad and has tons of industry experience, lots of advice to share, and has a wonderful little shop!). P&B is available at quilting stores around the world – check with your local dealer to see if they can get it for you!
As I said, I created my own piping. I cut the quilting cotton on the bias in 1 1/4″ strips, folded it in half and used my zipper foot and a basting stitch to secure some 1/8″ polyester piping cord inside. I don’t recommend this however! In future I would suggest a faux piping (with no cord inside), or, if you can find it, cotton cording. The polyester/nylon one is just really bulky, making it hard to sew and difficult to ruffle nicely.
To add trims to the ruffles, you’ll need to cut away some of the allowance from the ruffle – If you’re adding lace, measure how much of the lace will be visible, then remove that amount from the edge of the ruffle template. If you don’t do this, your ruffle will be very wide!
My youngest daughter is wearing the Maple Dress by Peony Patterns
Always be sure to measure your model as well. My daughter is 9 1/2 years old but has a size 5.5 chest, 4 waist, and 10 height. So I blend all of those sizes together to get a perfect fit for her!
In addition to the Honeysuckle release, Peony have also released a new embroidery pattern – Primrose is super cute and includes flowers, an ombre heart, neckline and buttonhole embroidery. Tons of options for creativity on this dress or another project!
Both Honeysuckle and Primrose are on sale this week – sale ends Sunday June 13, 2021 at midnight.
Disclosure: I received these patterns in exchange for testing them. I received fabric from P&B Textiles in exchange for promotion. Opinions are 100% my own!