One of the things on my to-sew list is a pretty dress for my younger daughter. Big sister always seems to get all the new lovelies, and it just doesn't seem fair. So when I saw the Miss Polly dress, I knew it would be the perfect thing for her.
And boy, was she happy to have something all to herself. Not something that once belonged to big sister! And I'm such a pushover for her joyous face that I was more than happy to make two dresses during testing. You are seeing version 1 (cap sleeves, no shoulder flaps) here. I'll talk about the other version in another post.
I have recently joined the Piping Appreciation Club, of which Sara of Made by Sara and Jenya of While she was sleeping are probably the founders and champions. And if you love piping, this dress is the perfect garment for you! I have to say that even if you don't love it, this pattern makes it so easy (there are even instructions on how to make your own piping). And doesn't it look so nice with the piping? Ahhhh.
And look at those pockets! Aren't they the coolest? I love how they are a lovely design feature and yet simultaneously functional! Imagine the different fabrics you could use! There is so much for you to play with in this pattern. Just look at Mie's version!! And wait till you see the other tester versions -- so beautiful!
I bought this fabric at my local fabric shop ages ago. Nothing says "Japan" like a few sumo wrestlers and Mount Fuji, right? I can't even remember what I'd originally bought it for -- my regret is that I didn't have enough for proper pattern matching.
The dress is partially lined and there is an invisible zipper in the back. Now if you're like me, when you read the words "zipper," you want to run and take cover. But - again - if you're like me, doing buttonholes on your machine strikes an equal amount of fear into your heart. And really, zippers aren't so bad, especially if you've got the right foot for it! Come on, if I can do it, surely you can! ;) And so worth it when the result is this:
Happy child = sewing mother who will brave any kind of zipper.
Okay, the details. This is from the Sewpony Vintage description of the pattern:
"Miss Polly is a sweet vintage inspired dress that offers three main views - sleeveless, capped sleeve and then either three quarter or long sleeves. A large apron pocket can be piped and fabrics can be mixed and matched to achieve different looks. Decorative shoulder flaps can be added to your dress too. The back closes with an invisible zipper and the bodice is lined.
Here are some more specifics of the Miss Polly pattern:
You can get your pattern here. And don't forget to use the code MISSPOLLYDRESS10 for 10% off until Friday (March 18th) 9pm Melbourne time! Also, don't forget to share your dress on social media using the hashtag #misspollydress so we can all admire it!! Yay!