Are you busy sewing up those Easter dresses yet? Perhaps you are ahead of the gang and have those all finished? Or are you like me and usually wait till the last minute? Well if you are still looking then I have the perfect dress for you. This one is another awesome dress from Mandy K Designs! You ready?
Take a look at the Bon Bon dress! When she first shared this design with me I instantly fell in love and couldn’t wait to sew this up. I knew this would be baby girl’s Easter dress right away! This dress features a scoop like neckline that encircles all the way around to accent the front and the open scoop back. The skirt is a circle skirt with all the twirl power a girl could want! Do you see Ruth is learning to twirl?! Seriously cute, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother. That is part of it, don’t get me wrong, but seriously it’s so so cute! I digress again; let’s go back to the dress now. There are no closures to worry about as the bodice has enough room to slip this beauty on. Whether you are looking for a sun dress or special occasions dress this is perfect for any girl coming in sizes 12mo-14. Don’t forget that this also includes an 18″ doll size for your little ladies special friend! Want to add a little something to define the waist? You can make a belt to accent it as that is also included in the tutorial. With all Mandy K’s patterns the tutorial is well put together to walk you through each step without any issues making this perfect for the advanced beginner and those of more advanced sewing years!
Guess what? I learned something new with this pattern! Don’t you love learning? I have never heard of horse hair braid. Well, except when I braid my horse’s tail! Somehow I didn’t think my horse had anything to do with this though. No, horse hair braid is a type of netting that is used as a stiffener to give body to hemlines. You can get the look of a poofy skirt without the extra skirt underneath! This is amazing stuff. Wish I had learned about it before. Mandy walks you through how to easily use this to hem your skirt and give it that extra oomph! Gasp, I love the poof!!
My girl is twirling around in a size 12mo dress. The fit is perfect on her! The doll dress also fits perfectly on her doll. For added ease of dressing her doll the straps are made differently than the girl’s dress. For the doll the straps are not sewn on the shoulder seam. Rather they are finished and Velcro is attached. I think it may work with snaps as well. I know I do want to try snaps instead of Velcro next time. To make the dress even a little more extra special, I added eyelet to the collar by sandwiching it in between before sewing. With just barely enough eyelet left over for the hem as well (alright, I’ll fess up. I technically didn’t have enough and had to add an extra 4″ of another eyelet to finish it!). I couldn’t be happier with the end result. It really came out as I was hoping it would!
Ready to make your own? Head on over to the Mandy K shop and pick up your copy. From one fan to another, you won’t be disappointed!