And if you're a girl going to a party, you probably want a special dress. (At least, if you're me you want a dress. Or if you're going for a Marlene Dietrich vibe, you might also be tempted by some Morocco Pants, too.)
But back to the dress. The Friday Dress, to be exact, which will be released in early December. Just in time for the holidays, yay!
I cannot tell you how happy my daughter was when she saw me making this dress. As soon as I got out the nani IRO fabric, she knew something good was coming her way.
If you have sewn with Petit a Petit patterns before, you know to expect excellent drafting, precise instructions, and detailed illustrations. And you will also know that the time and effort you put into printing, cutting, taping -- and then cutting and prepping all the necessary pieces will always result in a beautiful sew. Especially if you are careful to press all your seams and iron out all the wrinkles before you attempt to take photos. *ahem*
Look at that cute bow. I love it so much! I used some linen blend fabric from Check and Stripe for the bow and the lining part of the flutter. I also found those cool navy buttons with a sparkly gold streak at a local shop.
The flutter sleeve is not included in the pattern, but it's easy enough to do on your own. The reason why I added the flutter sleeves is simple: I realized after cutting all my pieces that I didn't have enough for the long OR the short sleeves included in the pattern. Doh! But luckily I did have enough to make two flutters, phew!
I think you can see the lining and the bias tape binding I used a bit better in this photo. What you can't see is that because I cut the bodice pieces BEFORE I realized I didn't have enough fabric for the sleeves, the armhole is a bit too wide. I took in each side by about 1cm, which helped a little. I was able to do it because I made the size 5-6Y, but her chest measurement puts her in a size 4Y really. (Not sure what is going on with those Mr. Roboto arms, though. Are your children constantly dancing whenever you want to photograph them??)
This view also includes a mandarin collar, which goes so well with the cute bow. Perhaps I should have added a tiny button or a snap there?
Finally, the back. I sewed the pleat the opposite to what was indicated in the tutorial. I did try both ways (honestly!), and I liked how this way looked a bit better with all the tiny flowers. That said, I did have a panicked moment after I sewed it and had to consult with my husband whether his dress shirts had this type of pleat in the back, and he assured me that some of them did, heh heh.
So now for the fun part. The giveaway!! This is your chance to win all of the Petit a Petit patterns. Just enter the Rafflecopter below:
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If you can't wait and want to get started right away, you can purchase any or all of the patterns in the shop for 20% off with the code: BLOCKPARTY.
Be sure to check out the other makers and bloggers at the party (and come join the Facebook group to share your makes and download your free copy of the Goodall Cardigan, which is my youngest's current favorite).
Nov. 1st - Sweetkm | Nov. 2nd - The Sara Project | Nov. 3rd - La Folie | Nov. 4th - Hello Holli | Nov. 5th - Chalk and Notch | Nov. 6th - Sewing Like Mad | Nov. 7th - Beatnik Kids | Nov. 8th - Stitched Together | Nov. 9th - Coffee and Thread | Nov. 10th - Made by Toya | Nov. 11th - Stahlarbeit | Nov. 12th - Lily en Woody | Nov. 13th - My Petite Sophie | Nov. 14th - Handmade Frenzy | Nov. 15th - Paisley Roots | Nov. 16th - While she was sleeping | Nov. 17th - My Cozy co | Nov. 18th - A Jennuine Life | Nov. 19th - Knee Socks and Goldilocks | Nov. 20th - Sanae Ishida | Nov. 21st - Little Cumquat | Nov. 21st - Needle and Ted | Nov. 22nd - Gaafmachine | Nov. 23rd - Buzzmills | Nov. 24th - Made by Sara | Nov. 25th - Just Add Fabric | Nov. 26th - Bartacks and Singletrack | Nov. 27th - Moineau & Petit Pois | Nov. 28th - Naii | Nov. 29th - Craftstorming | Nov. 30th - Mie Made Memories | Enjoyful Makes | Dec. 1st - Petit a Petit and Family