Wow – now it’s my second blog tour! And again, featuring a pattern from Everything Your Mama Made – Kenzie’s perfect party dress – Holiday version!
I actually bought this pattern right around when it first came out last year; I loved the versatility and the sizing (NB to 18 tween + a doll pattern). Last year, although my daughter was 1, her chest measurement was more in the 3-6M range in PDF patterns; not a lot of patterns come in sizes that small… My other favorite feature was the back:
I LOVE the big bow and the low back. It is just so sweet! I made a 12-18M size for my 2 year old based on her chest measurement; I didn’t have to adjust the length at all, so that was nice. The version I made for this Holiday tour was actually the simplest:
Sleeveless and no ruffles. There are many other options – cap sleeves, a ruffled flounced skirt, or even a stand alone ruffle OR simple skirt! I wanted something simple and timeless and that she could wear for more than just one occasion.
I chose solid red cotton kona fabric with a Natural-colored Hacci Sweater knit overlay, from Girl Charlee (they have some great knit selection). I had actually bought the Hacci Sweater knit to make myself a cardigan, but it just seemed so perfect for a Christmas dress! I simply cut out the overlay fabric from the pattern pieces and basted them to the red pieces before assembling.
I LOVE the wide sash in the front. It is attached just on the sides, which allows you to make more of a ‘game time’ decision on whether to add it once you’ve completed the rest of the dress! I have a love-hate relationship with sashes; I love how they look, but I hate fighting this face…
to get them tied! So I’ve been skipping them whenever possible. The pattern is very well-written and the most complicated part is a continuous skirt placket, which she walks you through with awesome pictures.
I had considered trying to add sleeves to the dress because, despite this random 65 degree day we had in November, it will be freezing at Christmas…But I am not advanced enough to make that work just yet. I do have plans to make some ruffled leggings and a sweater (maybe out of more Hacci Sweater knit) to warm her up a bit..because a few days prior to the freak 65 degree day, we had a huge snow storm….the kids made an Olaf, and this what was left of him by our photoshoot!
She still loved him and tried to kiss him….even all melted. Oh, the best part of the blog tour (besides the cute kids and dresses) Kymy at EYMM is offering a coupon code AND a great prize package!
Coupon code LITTLELADY will save 30% off any Kenzie’s Party Dress purchase (newborn-4t, 5-18tween, 18″ doll add-on, or the bundle that includes newborn-18tween plus the doll size), good at www.eymm.com until 11:59pm PST on 11/12/2014.
Prize package: Giveaway prizes total $125 and include $50 EYMM gift certificate, Stitchbox Monthly November Sewing Box ($35 value), $25 EYMM gift certificate, and a Little Lady Sheet of Jamberry Juniors Nail Wraps ($15 retail).
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“Bye-bye, Olaf!” (her flu-shot bandaid was NOT coming off for pics!)
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