Stardust Dress: Summer Edition

If you’ve followed my blog much, you know that earlier this year I had the amazing opportunity to sew up patterns from the One Thimble E-Zine.  These have been some of my favorite patterns to sew and they always pack a fashion punch for my trendy, mama-made clothing crew.  (You can read more about the Twist Shift Dress and the Time Traveller Vest in past posts.)  The 3rd edition of what is, in my opinion, one of THE best pattern e-zines out there, does not disappoint!  There are items for boys and girls and a few accessories, and even a women’s dress for some self-care sewing!  This time around, I sewed this beautiful Stardust Dress pattern from US designer, Laura Johnson, from Ellie Inspired.

Stardust Dress-One Thimble E-zine

This pattern is a simple, but classic girl’s dress that really has a great fit and you can change it up a little if you get the creative juices flowing.  Stardust comes in regular and slim fit sizes and I chose the size 4 slim fit for my tiny girl.  I also chose the short sleeve option for the dress (minus the elastic) because we are deep in the throws of summer temps and I didn’t want my poor girl to wilt!  I wasn’t able to get a good pic of the length, but this hits my daughter about mid-calf.

Stardust Dress-One Thimble E-zine

This dress features:

  • sizes 1-16 in slim and regular fit (fits sold separately)
  • short or long sleeves
  • attached pettiskirt
  • button back
  • PDF tutorial with illustrations, photos, and printable pattern pieces
  • Imperial and Metric measurements
  • cutting instructions for rectangular pieces

Stardust Dress-One Thimble E-zine

It also has the prettiest back!  I did change up the sash a little so that it would not have a center seam.  I also used this breezy white and pink madras plaid as my main fabric, with Kona for the solid sash and white muslin and eyelet for the pettiskirt.  As gorgeous as it photographed, the madras really works better on a garment that is more simply constructed.  It is very, very thin and tends to warp a little as you do all the pressing and sewing that a dress like this calls for.  Plus…not gonna lie…lining up all of that plaid was a pain!

Stardust Dress-One Thimble E-zine

Oddly enough, as much trouble as I had with this fabric, my husband said it was one of his favorite dresses EVER.  And I make a LOT of dresses!  I’m thinking this would even be adorable as a sleeveless dress and it wouldn’t be too big of a challenge.  Head over to One Thimble and check out all of the other awesome things included in this E-zine!

Don’t forget to check back later this week for my “Fakie” Baby Pants!

I was given a copy of Issue 3 of the One Thimble PDF E-zine to use for this post.  This post also contains affiliate links.  I receive a portion of all Ezine sales made through my unique link.  The thoughts and opinions expressed throughout are entirely mine.  As is the girl. 😉

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So Happy Together- The Blue Ribbon Blog Tour

Raedene from Little Lizard King started talking about a blog tour last month and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!  I’ve not been a part of a blog tour before and it sounded like so much fun!  I mean, what’s not to love about sewing up a great pattern in gorgeous fabrics and then getting to share it with you all?  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and started planning!

I was given a copy of the Blue Ribbon Pattern, which is anything but your basic knit top and woven skirt.  This pattern has options in SPADES!  You have several options for sleeves (including none!) and then options for tunic and dress lengths, with a band and/or a ruffle!  Whew!  I’m getting tired just listing all of that!  And that might make you think that this is pattern that will take you forever, which is far from the truth!  I was able to put this together in one afternoon, even with several interruptions.  “Can I have a snack?”  “Can I have a drink?”  “Can we watch Frozen?”  “When is dinner?”  “WHAT is dinner?”  You get the idea, right?

Blue Ribbon Dress

The inspiration behind this dress is this amazing fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.  All of the skirt fabrics are from her Color Me Happy line, with the exception of the sash, which is from her Simply Style collection.  Both are great collections and so much fun!  They always make me smile and I love that the fabrics coordinate across the lines.  I was able to pick these up at Among Friends Quilt Shop in Louisville, KY.  I found great coordinating knits for my bodice and my ruffled capris from Mel at The Purple Seamstress on Facebook and the gorgeous jacquard ribbon is by Amy Butler from Fleuriste on Etsy.

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I did have to perform a little bit of a pattern hack for this project.  My daughter has a very large head and I always have a hard time getting these mama-made knit items over it.  So after trying several things to try to make this work for her, I finally used the size 4 cutting line for the front of the neck and the size 3 cutting line for the back of the neck.  It was perfect!  No more popping seams!

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What else can I say about this uber versatile pattern?  It’s something a beginner can tackle and there are tons of great tips on sewing with knits.  I wonder how many days you could sew this with different combinations and not repeat?  I already have one planned with some Little Mermaid fabric that my daughter has been drooling over.  But for today…we’ll just stick with the seriously drool-worthy V and Co.

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This definitely has some twirl!!!

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I added a little length to the band between the skirt and the ruffle so I had plenty of room for my yummy ribbon.  I think I need to check into Trim Hoarders Anonymous.  I have a feeling I’d run into many friends there.  You know who you are!!!

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I seriously am a sucker for a sash and a pretty bow.  It’s like a present!

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I didn’t notice how much of ^^this^^ pose she did until I went to edit my pics and half of them were the exact same.  I think we have a winner.

A Blue Ribbon, in fact!

My review has come to a close…but we’re not done yet!  The fabulous ladies at LLK are doing a GIVEAWAY at each stop of the tour!
I know, I know, it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?  A $35 gift certificate to their shop is up for grabs, so make sure you enter!  I’ll be announcing the winner here and on my Facebook page on May 8th, and LLK will announce it on their page, too!  The Pattern Tour lasts from May 5th-11th, so don’t miss out on some fabulous creations!

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