Peony Patterns has a new dress out, and it’s just gorgeous! I had initially planned on NOT sewing up a Gardenia Dress in time for the release, but the day before the launch, I decided to get sewing on one. In chiffon. Because that is how I roll.
Gardenia is Carlie Di Cecco’s first design for Peony Patterns. The dress features a basic bodice in the front, with a gorgeous statement back. Ruffles are optional, but so so pretty! Sleeves are also optional. The dress includes an optional bow tie sash in the back, buttons, and two dress lengths – mini and vintage. I chose vintage, but I hemmed the lining at the vintage length and only used a 1/4″ hem allowance on the chiffon, so that ended up a bit longer than the dress is intended. The dress comes in sizes 1 – 14.
My daughter is a whole mix of sizes right now! I blended a 6 chest, 4 waist and 10 height together for her. I used the 6 sleeve and lengthened it, and did my best to make the armscye the same size as the 10, but it ended up a little small in the sleeve cap I think. I always find that a tricky blend! If you are making a crazy sizing blend, I do suggest making a muslin first, just to be certain the fit works.
This dress is suitable for lightweight fabrics such as quilting cotton, lawn, voile, poplin, crepe, swiss dot, linen, silk, etc. It would be AMAZING as a flower girl dress!
Since I was working with chiffon, I thought it would be fun to do a sheer sleeve. I did follow the standard tutorial for the sleeve, however I should have used the Peony Tutorial for enclosing the armscye seam instead. Next time!
I picked up this polyester chiffon from FabricMart a few months ago with the plan to make my girls some fun twirly dresses. They will happily wear “fancy” dresses all the time, so even though we have nowhere particularly fancy to actually go, I knew they’d love having them all the same. You’ll have to wait and see what pattern I end up using for my youngest! For the lining, I just used some poly/cotton from Hobby Lobby.
To finish the edges of the ruffle, I used the narrow rolled hem foot #61 on my Bernina. I have a love hate relationship with this foot (mostly hate), though I did mostly conquer it (finally) for this outfit. It failed to love me for the skirt hem though, so I ended up doing a double fold there.
Disclosure: I’m on the admin team at Peony Patterns and received this pattern complimentary for purposes of promotion. Opinions are 100% my own!