Pattern Test: Dandelions n’ Dungarees Retro Frock

Lucky me got to test another pattern from Dandelions n’ Dungarees. This is the Retro Frock.

Its on sale for 48 hours only for the low price of $5 in their Craftsy shop!

It has different sleeve options, a square neckline and fun pockets! I like too how you can play around with the panels in different fabrics. I kept it simple as I’m still working on playing around with fabrics (in other words I’m not adventurous yet for mixing prints!)

Big goof! She is sooo difficult to get photos of sometime!

 The cap sleeves have been modified to be a bit less puffy, but I think they’re cute anyway. They also raised the front neckline a bit too.

It has buttons going down the back (or like I did snaps). And there is the option for doing a keyhole opening instead.

I like the retro feel to this dress. It would be cute as a tunic length top too.

The trickiest bit was sewing the curved front panels/pockets. It is recommended for intermediate level seamstresses but I think an adventurous beginner could do it!

Here’s the link again. I’m working on another one that I’m going to make tunic length! Fun!

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Bohemian Babydoll Dress by Elegance & Elephants

SO excited to share this sweet top from Elegance & Elephants!

The Bohemian Babydoll top or dress is just the sweetest thing. I’m not an over the top ruffly person, I love a little bit of ruffle to give just a hint of sweetness to a top.

I’ve been following her blog for a little while and I was so lucky that I happened to be online when I saw her post the tester call a few days ago. I always feel a little awestruck testing for someone who I’ve been following in blog land for awhile. I never actually meet them in person but it’s like the whole six degrees of separation thing, ha 🙂 You should all totally check out her blog. Lots of helpful tutorials and some cute patterns including a few free ones.

Closeup of the curved front bodice. Note to self: don’t topstitch with a baby in your lap, it ends up a little wonky.

Anyway, onto the pattern I tested. I made the top length with the ruffle sleeves, you can leave them off if you want but why would you? They’re sweet!

The bodice is fully lined and you make a hem facing for the skirt. (My first time doing a hem facing and I’m for sure doing that all the time now when I hem a curved skirt, so much easier!) The trickiest part was folding in the edges of the armholes. (No raw edges on the bodice)

It took me roughly two hours to sew (broken up in 5-10 minute chunks). It would probably be a lot faster if you don’t sew with teething babies on your lap though 😉 but you do what you have to when you’ve got a tight deadline.

This top (and dress) would be great layered. I like the open neckline, reminds me of a pinafore. So sweet 🙂 And it’s sweet on it’s own as well.

And now for the heck of it here are a couple outtakes. Baby V was really interested in the bananas that her daddy had just bought so I had to work around the banana to get shots. Eventually big sis wanted in on the pics and daddy added a few more fruit to the setup.

Here’s the link again for the pattern!
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Pattern Test: Waverley Skirt by SassHenri Designs

This is another newer designer named SassHenri Designs that I tested for. She was part of a challenge for new and aspiring designers over on the Pattern Revolution blog that took place in February.

This is the Waverley Ruffled skirt. It has such a unique feature! SillyBean loves it!

Confession time: I sew late at night.. late at night … sometimes mistakes happen. Hence it wasn’t until I had finished the skirt did I realise that I had only cut one length for the ‘wave’ and not two! Oops! I had wondered why I was having a hard time while attaching it but I didn’t think to recheck the cut chart. And that my dears is why you really shouldn’t sew at 1am. … 

Still looks super cute thoough. 🙂 I love it’s shape.
It has a paper bag style waistband and has a pocket! We love pockets! 
Anyway, this skirt is on the list of ‘make it again for this summer’.
Til next time!