Valentine’s Day is just less than 3 weeks away! Are you ready? If you aren’t and haven’t decided what dress to make your little one, then I am here to help you out! Have you heard of Mandy K Designs? Well if you haven’t, let me introduce you to a newer yet awesome designer. She has created patterns for girls that are fun, cute, and classic, yet stylish all at the same time. Don’t just take my word for it; I think this dress speaks for itself!
This is the XOXO dress (the name! Love it). It is the perfect dress for Valentine’s and any occasion really. Coming in sizes 12m-14yrs, this will fit your girl for many years. Did I also mention that it comes with the 18″ doll pattern included? Yes! It does! The sweetheart bodice is fully lined, so no itchy seams here. The ruffle on the bodice is optional, but I love how it adds to the girliness. The wide straps lace up in the back in a corset-like feel. The skirt is accented with two different kinds of ruffles. The first kind is the more traditional overlay ruffle, which can then be accented with ribbon or rick rack. The second is the more stunning and regal ruched ruffle. This is a little more time consuming but well worth it! The tutorial is well written and accompanied by clear photos. I would rate this pattern as great for an experienced beginner, but also perfect for the advanced seamstress as well due to all the options you can have with sewing this beauty. I must say I love the tip of hand sewing the bodice lining down prior to topstitching to make it easier and for a more finished look. Genius!
For my girl’s Valentine dress I decided to have a bit of fun. I wanted to steer away from the more traditional looks of Valentine’s Day (hearts, roses, etc.) and feature a more uncommon theme. Can you guess it?? Chocolate!!!! When I found this fabric line called Chocoholics I knew it was perfect for my chocoholic girl. She can thank her Grammy for that. Grammy was the first one to introduce her to chocolate and she can’t get enough ever since. Bad Grammy!! LOL. I digress; back to the dresses now. For my girl I made her a size 12m and the fit is AMAZING!!! The corset back certainly helps for fit too as you can tighten or loosen as much or little as you want. As you can see I chose the overlay ruffle for her. I also made my very first doll dress! The same Chocolate Grammy gave my girl an American Girl doll for Christmas (good Grammy!) and it is time I started sewing for her too. Again the fit is great on the doll too! Did you notice the ruched ruffle? I love it. I would love to try it using the shirring method next time instead of 1/4″ elastic as I think that will help it curl a little less so you can see more of it, just because I love it so!
Sharing her Chocolate…It must be love!
I am now officially a Mandy K Designs fan and certainly look forward to sewing more of her patterns. I plan on reviewing the English Rose dress next month when I sew it up for baby girl’s Easter dress. After that I think the next one would have to be the Happy Days dress as it will be perfect for spring. Then after that…sorry, digressing again; but seriously her patterns are quite addicting! Now if you need a little encouragement to get your girl’s Valentine’s dress done then I have the perfect solution for you! From Feb 2nd to Feb. 6th Mandy K Designs is putting on a Sew-a-long over in her group. Now is the perfect time to go join the pattern group and then pick up the pattern on sale for $6.50!! I can’t wait to see all your little Valentines XOXOs!
Hope everyone is having a great New Year so far! I was meaning to post something on Christmas to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and also on New Year’s Day as well, however the start of this year has thrown me for a loop. With my day job taking more time than previously and sickness taking over the house, the days just got away from me. So here I am now, hoping everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I know I am glad to start getting back to normal. That being said I am hoping to accomplish more off my sewing list this year. That post will come later. Right now I have to show you some more amazing fabric and a just as amazing pattern!
Tonight we are looking at a great girl’s pattern by Sofilantjes. Sofilantjes is a newer designer with big things in store for the sewing community. AnneMeike continues to design new and trendy patterns for the whole family. I have tested several of her patterns and just love them, so trust me when I say you will love them too. Today we are looking at the Iridis wrap dress. This dress is so cute, and versatile as well! It comes in sizes 12m-14y and can be made of woven or knit. The woven version gives you nice clean lines and is finished with bias tape for the hem. The knit version is a bit more fun and frilly with a tiered skirt that is finished with a rolled lettuce hem. With two sleeve lengths (short and long) this dress can also be used for any season! I know my girl will be getting one for summer this year!
I did the woven version in a size 12mo for my girl. Now my peanut is at the lower end of a size 12mo. Her chest is 18.5 inches and she is 29 1/4″ tall. Yup, definitely a peanut! Even though this is a tad big on her I love the fit. This dress being a real wrap dress also gives it a little more ability to be adjustable so it will fit her now and later! The tutorial features illustrations and photos which give it clarity. However if you get stuck, just head on over to the Facebook group for help! It is a fast sew once it’s cut out. Yes, there are quite a few pages to print and cut- 39 pages for the woven version and 50 pages for the knit version. Those are needed though for that unique skirt. To make printing and taping a bit easier though, this pattern offers a layer feature so you only have to print the size you need! How is that for convenience? I think a confident-advanced beginner could sew this pattern up with amazing results!
What do you think of that fabric?
Amazing right? I am just in love with it! When Trixie’s Fabric
posted photos of it in her group I just knew I had to have it. I actually got enough to make another outfit out of it too! This is the Diamonds & Denim collection which includes 6 fabrics. I used 4 of the collection in this outfit! Now if you are wondering where to get this fabric or other great fabrics then you have come to the right place. Trixie’s Fabrics
are a wonderful fabric group hosted by Trixie.
She also has an Etsy
shop too! I am a repeat customer with Trixie as she really goes above and beyond to give you great customer service, not to mention being dedicated to providing you with awesome knit and woven fabrics! Head on over to the group and check it out. I promise it will be worth the trip. However don’t blame me if you find yourself adding to your fabric stash!
With an innovative pattern and the right fabric to give you the attitude to go with it, you can’t go wrong with this little dress! You can head on over to the Sofilantjes website to pick up your copy and check out all her other awesome patterns. Then make sure to stop on by Trixie’s Fabrics to get the perfect fabric for your project. Just a little warning though…you may not be able to stop at one pattern or one fabric! LOL
You have a little bit to grow till you fit in mama’s boots…take your time sweet girl!