I was so excited to be part of the launch of their pattern in English, as I had been avidly following the launch of their pattern on IG (here and here) and loving every dress I saw. For people like me, who prefer rely on instructions to take them through a pattern (well, mostly), the promise of an English translation was welcome news.
First let me give you the details, taken from the website:
There are two tulip-shaped petals that overlap on the chest, and a gathered skirt that peeks from underneath them. The pattern gives you the option to choose between a top or a dress version and a closure with a hidden zipper or buttons. Detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures guide beginners and experienced seamstresses smoothly through the sewing process.
The file includes:
– The pattern in sizes 12m, 18m, 1y, 2y, 3y, 4y, 5y, 6y, 7y, 8y, 9y and 10y.– Option to print at home (A4 or letter size) or in a copyshop (A0 format).
– Option to print only the size(s) you need.
– Printing table that indicates which pages to print.
– Detailed instructions and step–by–step pictures.
– Information about fabric choice, yardage, measurements.
– Summary of instructions for experienced seamstresses.
I went with a straight size 5 with the button closure for my older daughter. She is usually a size 4 with 5 length, but I thought for this pattern and sizing, she would be better off in a size 5. And she can still wear it as a top when she grows taller, hurray!
I love the crossing tulip "petals" that make up the bodice so much. Originally I had planned to go with piping as the tutorial suggests, but since I had no yellow piping at home (and let's face it, I am too lazy to make my own piping), I turned to the next best thing I had. Pom pom trim. Um, yeah. Maybe I should have made my own piping.
Dear readers, I think this might be the first and last time I will use pom pom trim. It is not my friend. I basted it first so that I could make sure it wouldn't slip around while I sewed the front and lining pieces together, and I also used a zipper foot to ensure relative accuracy. But still it just wasn't...quite...right. So then I asked for help on IG and got some good advice (thank you, sewing friends!), but I think in the end it's just me. But meh, I'm no perfectionist so I figured I could live with it. I ended up topstitching it in place so that there wouldn't be any anger management issues arising after I washed the dress, haha.
I knew that I wanted to use really lightweight fabric for the petals because so many layers would be sewn together at some point. I figured regular cotton would be fine for the skirt part, so I took out the fabric that I was originally going to use as lining for my Gabriella's winter coat and tried to think what I could pair it with. Then I remembered the double gauze that I had dyed in the workshop I talked about in my Petit a Petit post. Perfect!
I didn't want to deal with fiddling with a zipper while working with double gauze (are you sensing a theme with my sewing yet? haha), so I went with buttons. Of course I was kicking myself by the time I got to the point where I actually had to put in the buttonholes. Fortunately, my machine took pity on me and I didn't have to unpick any this time, oh joy!
The Tulip Dress and Top pattern is for sale for 8€ here. There is also a 10% discount with the code HAPPYTULIP. The code is valid until October 9, so make sure to get your copy in time!
There are so many beautiful tulip dresses and tops on this tour that I know you won't want to miss a single post!