Juliette Pattern Tour - Sewpony
The Juliette Dress and Top pattern is a collaboration between two very talented people, Suz of Sewpony and Jill of Kneesocks and Goldilocks. I think it's a perfect match between these two ladies and their styles. I was so honored to be asked to join the amazing women sewing dresses and tops for this tour (scroll to the bottom of this post for links to their blogs/IG).
I knew as soon as I saw the photos popping up in Jill's feed that I wanted sew the version with the ruffle, which I consider the distinct feature of this pattern. After a quick consultation with my daughter, we decided on the short-sleeved dress version with the ruffle and one pocket. And of course, the fabric. Ah, the all-important fabric choice...
She had been "waiting and waiting and waiting" (her words - I'll leave it to you to imagine the level of exasperation in her voice) for me to make her a dress from this Hello Kitty Liberty of London fabric. I decided it would be now or never, as I am not sure how much longer she will want to wear these character fabrics.
Here are some of the pattern details (taken from the Sewpony website):
* Sizes 12mo, 18mo, 2-10 years
* You will receive a folder containing three files (instructions, home print, shop print)
* All measurements in metric and imperial
* Detailed digital cutting diagrams
* Detailed photographic instructions for each step
* Quick sew guide included for experienced sewists
* Guide to make your own bias binding
The only things I changed when sewing the pattern is that I cut the back on the fold - partly because I didn't want to attempt to pattern match and partly because I forgot, heh heh. Maybe it was more the latter than the former. This also meant that I had to change the way the ruffle was sewn to the back (namely it wouldn't be sewn to the back bodice anymore; I just folded it over instead, which may not have been the best decision). That was mainly because I didn't read through all the directions before starting to sew, oops.
Of course covering the slit meant that I needed to consult my favorite sewing bible: Sewing Like Mad. And of course she has an amazing bias tape covered slit tutorial HERE. You could also take a look at Coffee and Thread's Ania pattern, which I did since I had it open on my desktop (or the Antalya will do, too). Despite these two wonderful tutorials, I'm still not sure that I did it correctly, but it closes so I'm going to go with it. Gotta find a smaller button though, haha.
You can buy a copy of the Juliette pattern HERE. And as if there weren't already enough options for this dress, Suz has added a free collar! You can read about the collar option HERE. Also, if you use the code DRESSEDINSEWPONY you will get a 10% discount on any of the patterns in the Sewpony shop until the 2nd of June 2017.
Once you've bought your pattern(s), you can enter an amazing contest! All the details about the contest can be found HERE. There are some fabulous prizes to be won; you don't want to miss it.
I highly recommend visiting the other stops on the tour because there is so much inspiration from these talented ladies!