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!



Pattern Testing: Bohemian Babydoll Dress

I’m back!  Or more accurately, I’m still here!  I’m finally revisiting the ol’ blog after a rather lengthy hiatus (new baby, new house, attempting balance amidst the chaos, etc.) and what better way to kick off a return to the blogging world than with this adorable dress!

I had the great pleasure of participating as a pattern tester last week for the new Bohemian Babydoll Dress pattern from Elegance & Elephants.  I saw the Instagram post for testing and jumped on it, as I am a BIG fan of Heidi’s designs – remember those bubble pocket shorts?  The girls nearly wore through them last summer – love ’em!

The Bohemian Babydoll dress is a very quick sew, easy fit with no closures, a gorgeous slightly squared neckline and high-low curved detailing on both the bodice and the hem.  The dress can be made as a top and also without the ruffle sleeve to change it up a bit.

For my girls I chose the dress version with the sleeves, and grabbed these coordinating Moda “Hoopla” tulip prints from my stash.  For M (in the green) I sewed up a size 4 and for C a size 5.

The girls LOVE their new dresses and had a pretty good time with our little photo shoot/mini dance party too.

It just wouldn’t be C without a goofy face thrown in for good measure!

Go check out this new pattern – it was released yesterday!  And many thanks to Heidi for the opportunity to test this lovely new dress pattern.