Oh man you guys! Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Holiday Blog Tour?!! If you have a little girl in your life you definitely need to see all the GORGEOUS dresses this week! I’m blown away by the talent, not to mention all the darling little girls. I’ll have all the links and giveaway info at the end of this post so you can check them all out and then win all you need to sew up a dress or two of your own!
For my looks I went back and forth on what I wanted. Right off I knew my youngest needed a Willow Dress. Those sleeves and that v-shaped bodice are so darling! She’s been begging for a soft velvet dress and I knew that pattern would be perfect. Once Harts Fabric jumped on as a sponsor my plans changed a bit. There were so many beautiful fabrics I struggled picking a knit for this look. If you know me I usually gravitate towards simple looks in comfortable fabrics since I know that’s what gets worn. The sensible side of me went with this pretty Art Gallery knit and this plush Robert Kaufman flannel, knowing we could easily style these up pretty for a special occasion but they’d also be perfect for weekly church services through the holiday season. I was so thrilled with the quality of this fabric and the cute packaging from Harts. The option to throw in matching thread is such a time and money saver too. I know I’m not the only one that runs into the fabric store for thread and somehow comes out with $50 in other ‘must-haves’ 😉
For my oldest, I was smitten with the Wendy Dress. It’s such a classic look and I love the cute peter pan collar and sleeve cuff details. Because of my fabric choice, I left off those elements on this version. For this dress I chose to keep it simple but threw in my own little twist on the sleeves. After seeing a RTW dress with big tie sleeves, I couldn’t get the fun detail out of my head. I knew this simple silhouette would be a great canvas for it.
I did a small placket, similar in construction to the skirt placket. I then cut a 3″ by the width of fabric rectangle. I folded it in half, sewed the short ends and sewed the long edge, leaving a gap in the middle the length of the sleeve hem. This way I could iron the seam allowance down and sandwich the sleeve hem in the band, fully enclosing the hem for a clean finish. I then topstitched around the band. Hacks are not my favorite (why do I feel so brainless sometimes?!) but if I could do this I think anyone can! I love the sass it adds to the elegant lines of this dress. I think it’d look adorable on a rayon summer dress too!
The Willow dress won me over big time. It was a quick sew and it’s so easy to wear. The lined bodice makes it so comfortable and in this amazing Art Gallery knit it doesn’t get much better. I love that there are top and dress length options so I can use this pattern over and over for different looks.
We are so happy to be included in this amazing tour. We had a blast shooting these looks and know they’ll get worn long after the holiday season is over too.
Now for the good stuff…
Make sure to head to all the other incredible blogs this week. Serious talent right here.
November 13 – Kainara Stitches – Ammon Lane
November 14 – Sew and Tell Project – Lace and Pine
November 15 – Sunflower Seams – SewSophieLynn
November 16 – Wonderfully Handmade – Idle Sunshine – I am Mami de Sofiona
November 17 – Pear Berry Lane – It’s Liesel
And now for the fantastic prizes…
There are TWO ways to win in this giveaway!
While both giveaways are open to everyone, contestants outside of the U.S. will be responsible for any excess shipping and fees and subject to the sponsors’ shipping guidelines.
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1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card from Cotton Coterie with FREE shipping
$50 Gift Card from Little Feather
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Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.
1 Winner of the Link up will receive: 5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co. $50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric $50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee $30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads