I’ve been wanting to sew a dress for Nic’s best friend for awhile (girl loves dresses!) I recently got my hands on “Fawn Lily” pattern by Willow&Co Patterns and thought the dress would be perfect as a gift for Francis’ birthday.
My sister-in-law (in collaboration with her awesome friend Kori from Olive Grace Studios) gave me this gorgeous stash of Collage fabric line by Such Designs. I wasn’t able to find a perfect project for it before and now I couldn’t be happier with the way this dress turned out! The birds are practically dancing across the hem of the dress.
I’m seriously in love with this pattern, I have never constructed a dress like that, sleeves were especially tricky, but the directions were very clear and the inside of the dress turned out almost as pretty as the outside! I have bias binded (bound?) and french seamed everything I could 🙂 The gold flat piping added such a nice splash of color and that is also another technique I hadn’t used before. LEARN ALL THE THINGS has been my motto lately (also, Sleep When They Sleep and Leave Until Next Week What Needs To Be Done Today)!
Francis is quite petite, so I used 18M bodice with 2T length, I would definitely recommend going by measurements rather than age. I have also discovered new (to me) technique by using freezer paper as pattern paper, ironing it to the fabric and then cutting it out. OMG! Literally life changing! No more holding down flimsy patterns and I can see the fabric design right through the paper. Seriously, I might have to do a whole post just singing praises to this method <3
Poor thing had a fever the day before the photoshoot, so we kept it short and easy, I dare say she liked the dress and it fit her really well!! Happy almost birthday buddy!
How cute are these guys? So much mischief but so darn adorable to look at, sigh…
I’ve entered this dress in a “Back to School” contest by Willow and Co Patterns, you can check out all the other amazing entries here