Okay, I am not quite sure what happened but not only have I made matching dresses for the girls....they are also totally appropriate for the upcoming American holiday Independence Day/4th of July. This household might be half British but we are always ready for an excuse to some barbecue and fireworks.....and now apparently also red/white and blue homemade outfits - not on purpose....but still...we are!
The dresses are made from The Lulu Dress pattern - designed by the lovely Jess from Craftiness is not Optional (CINO).
I borrowed the graphic above from her blog because it gives you all the details about all the options this patterns comes with.
I made the cap sleeve, dress and pocket version in a knit and woven option.
And yes....I had totally put candy in their pockets to get the shot above, ha.
And when little sister decides to do the opposite of what I ask her, then you get a very practical two-in-one shot of the dress - from the front and the back, ha.
I almost jumped up and down from happiness when I saw this pattern because I have wanted to make something similar for awhile - yup, it's on the endless to-do-one-day list.
A super simple, almost tunic style silhouette, but with a clinched waist like here and in a knit and woven combination. And when sweet Jess asked me to review the pattern the answer was YEEEES!
I basically only have positive thing to say about the pattern. Lines are matching up, techniques making sense and it is true to size.
The only thing I changed were the lines at the bottom corner of the skirt - side and hem seams. I straightened up the side seam line a tiny bit, and therefor also had to change the hem line a bit to make a 90 degree angle for a smooth line when front and back side seam is sewed together. But honestly it is a detail and might not have made a difference in the final product.....but I know how I want my lines and if I don't get them, I make them myself, ha. (yup, I am a freak)!
It is super hard to see that the woven (cotton shirting) actually has thin blue and white stripes but in the photo above you can kind of see it, right!
So I did not mean to make 4th of July dresses.....I decided on the fabric combo (one of those things that happens when a bunch of different fabrics are in a pile on your sewing table and a combination catches you eye....yeah, that type of random design process, ha) and then realized what I was doing....and I loved it so much that I went through with it even though it is a bit cheesy to a Dane like me who has not grown up with that tradition (sorry) and I certainly plan on the girls wearing them the whole year round.
The woven cotton is from Fabric Mart (sorry, I was not able to find it at their website but there is a ton of other goodies for sure) and the knit is this super soft and delicious Bamboo knit from Harts Fabrics.
Below is a little photo series of a scene that played out while we took the photos.
Uhhh, what's that growing on the tree?
Yikes, what is that?
Ahhh, just something from the tree.
So funny that I got scared by that!
Let's hug it out.
Thank you Jess for letting me review your great pattern.
You can buy The Lulu Dress HERE.
And HERE is a link to the post about Lulu on Jess' own blog Craftiness is not Optional with a bunch of amazing versions that she has made for her cuuuute girls.