Hi! My name is Sarah and I write a sewing blog called emmyloubeedoo.blogspot.
com. I sew primarily for my daughter, Emmylou, but every now and then I whip things up for myself too. Come on over and say hey! Take a tour of my sewing room, or check out my dearest project to date.
I recently started a small toddler clothing line on Etsy called LouBeeClothing. My store is closed right now (dohhh!) for the Holidays and to prepare for the addition of new styles! I hope you come check it out and sign up to get notified when I reopen! Very cool things are on the horizon. With, coincidentally, very cool Fabric Mart fabric.
So this year I made Emmy's Christmas dress from a gorgeous black and dark turquoise brocade (gone now, but these are gorgeous, too) from Fabric Mart. I LOVE how it came out! Check it:
She goes nowhere without that lizard. :)
The pattern I used is from BurdaStyle - here is the link to the pattern.. Problem I had though, was that this dress starts somewhere around a size 7 - and Emmy's not even three yet! So I needed to grade it down quite a bit. It wasn't terribly difficult though, as this pattern has so few pieces. To make it a size 2/3 (or just not a potato sack), I did the following:
- took out 2 inches in length on just the skirt pieces
- took out a half inch in width on all pattern pieces - resulting in a 2 inch decrease in width overall.
Here's a better shot of the pleat details. Super cute pattern - I recommend it for sure!
That was it! Easy peasy. I think it came out so cute - I love the poofiness. The top portion of the dress is lined with a suuuper soft microfiber twill (similar to this) - also from Fabric Mart! The skirt is unlined and all seams are serged to within an inch of their lives. That's just how I do.
Fabric Mart has been A DREAM to work with over the past year or so. They are hands down the best in customer service. And the shipping time literally makes me giggle every time because it's so ridiculously fast. How is it that fast?! And then of course there's the fabric... Oh, the fabric. Simply cannot be beat. Too often they have fabric that I didn't even know I needed, if you know what I mean. ;)
Thank you so much for having me over, Kaitlin and Julie and everyone at Fabric Mart! You guys are absolutely perfect at what you do!