I love when pattern designers read my mind. My daughter and I have been doing lots of back to school shopping and we both fell in love with this style of dress. It was one of those styles that just kept popping up in every store we looked in and on strangers and friends too! Dresses are one of the hardest things to buy this girly because they never fit properly so we were just waiting for the perfect pattern to appear. Imagine our excitement when we saw the newest design from the gals at ModKid. I jumped in to test this darling dress and top without a second thought!
The Sage Dress and Top is a button-front dress, jumper, peplum, or top with options for a bottom flounce and either straight or cross back straps in tween and teen sizes 10-18. The bodice is straight and features princess seams as well. AND there’s pockets! It wouldn’t be complete without them. The tutorial is thorough and I’m a huge fan of the ModKid methods of construction and patterns. If you’re looking for quality, you’ll love ModKid.
I used a tencel chambray I picked up in LA ages. The pattern calls for anything from quilting cotton to linen and corduroy. I love having options and this style looks great in all of them! To finish it off I used brushed gold buttons I picked up at the CaliFabrics brick and mortar shop in San Francisco. The fact that the materials for this dress all came from California vacations adds so much sentimental value to it.
This sweet girly is so hard to fit. For this dress as a tester, I sewed it up per the pattern and her measurements. She is a size 10 chest with a 12 height. She’s at the bottom end of the sizing and I was actually worried she was too small still for it. The measurement chart is for the finished garment which is nice to see how much ease you will have but had me a little concerned since she measures 1.5″-2″ smaller in parts. Patty recommends 1″ of ease so keep that in mind when looking at the fit of this dress. I love this on her and like that she has a little growing room too!
Most of my summer sewing is quick and easy and can be finished in a short afternoon. This project did take several days of sporadic sewing but was well worth it. It felt so good to sew on that last button! It wasn’t a difficult sew by any means but a more thoughtful one with great finishing techniques and a beautiful result. I love these kind of projects and can’t wait to do more of them now that school is about to start!
One of my favorite things about sewing with pdf patterns is how on trend designers can be. They follow fashion and streetwear style and stay so up to date on the latest trends. If it’s selling in your favorite clothing store whether it’s Target or a trendy boutique, you can probably find a pdf pattern for it. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me!
I am so thrilled with how this dress turned out and know you’ll love this pattern too! You can grab your copy and any other patterns that just might hop into your cart for 40% off during ModKid’s Back to School Sale, now through Sunday August 19th with coupon code BTS2018.