Pattern testing: Desert Rose Dress by Caila Made

Today is the official release day of a fabulous pattern by Caila Made – the Desert Rose Dress!  I was so excited to be chosen as a tester for this pattern back at the beginning of June, and let me just say that this dress is so much fun!  A very quick sew with an empire waist and wide scooped neckline with simple button closure.  This pattern can be dressed up or down through choice of fabric and dress vs. tunic length.  I chose the dress length and went with fun bright florals and prints paired with glittery polka dots, for “nicer” dresses that we save for special occasions (like their 5th birthday coming up next week).  Yes, you read that correctly – big prints and GLITTERY dots… so NOT my typical, but man oh man does it work and my girls went completely nuts over the end result!

The fabrics used for these dresses are quilting cottons purchased from Hobby Lobby, and I found the buttons at a local shop, Jackman’s.  I’m not usually one to think much about buttons, but the navy blue buttons on C’s dress have a lovely little intricate design that seemed to be made to be paired with this fabric.

We completely lucked out with a break in the weather for these photos, cooler temps after several days of rain.  And of course it just wouldn’t be these two without the intermittent goofy faces and random singing of ‘Let it Go” at the tops of their voices.

Caila has done an AMAZING job with this pattern!  The entire testing process went so well and I was very impressed with everyone in the tester group.  Caila’s attention to detail has resulted in an extremely well-thought-out and well-designed dress, particularly from the fit aspect.  As you can see from Caila’s release post, the final pattern version released today has a slightly modified height of the scooped neckline, which came from multiple testing runs and plenty of constructive and kindly-provided feedback by the group.  I must say again, SO impressed with my fellow testers!

Thank you so much, Caila for selecting me to participate in the Desert Rose pattern testing!