Today I have the honor of being the next stop on the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Summer Tour. I chose to sew the Isabella dress. The Isabella dress is one of those dresses that I have loved since the first time I saw it. I just love all those ruffles! The pattern comes in PDF form and you can print it right at home. The pattern ranges in sizes from 3 months to a size 8. How much do you love that?! It is one of those patterns that is going to get a lot of use… that I know for sure. So head on over and take a peek at the Isabella dress pattern, it is on sale today only for $5! That is an amazing price and a great way to get a head start on your Christmas presents. For my dress I used a silky-rayonish type of fabric and some store bought trim. Not my typical choice of fabric and colors but for some reason I just loved it. In the pattern Amy explains how to make your own ruffles using fabric but I chose to use the trim instead, they just looked so perfect together. That is what I love about patterns. They give you the basics and then you can add your own personal touch to them. I sewed a 3T dress for the girls and the size was right on for both of them. They normally take a 2T & 3T dress size but the design of the dress allows it to fit both my 2T and 3T girl perfectly and looks so sweet on each of them… if I do say so myself. The pattern was really easy to follow and has detailed instructions to help you with each step. It was a pretty quick sew as well, of course it would take a little longer if you were making the ruffles yourself and not cheating like I did. The only problem I ran into was working with the fabric I chose. Plus I have to admit that I was a little nervous about sewing the exposed zipper in place on the back. It was a new way of sewing zippers in place for me, but once I did it I can say it was very easy and I will definitely be using that method again. I had planned on making two dresses, one for each girl but I ran out of trim. I bought 4 yards of trim but it was not enough to make two dresses with. So I would suggest buying about 2 1/4 yards of trim per dress for a 3T dress size. Of course if I was smart I would have just followed her pattern and done the calculations before heading out to the fabric store to see how much was needed, but I didn’t.
Yup, I see lots of Isabella dresses in our future, the girls loved it too much not to make any more! And yes, they fought over who was going to wear it, hence the pictures of both girls. I guess that is why I always make two of each. I normally get mad over them fighting, but when they are fighting over a dress that I made I have a hard time getting mad at that. I know that some day they are not going to like what I make them, so I am enjoying it fully while I can. So I’m pretty sure you can tell that I love this pattern and highly recommend it! Oh and I have to mention that dresses made from this pattern may be sold. So for those of you with an etsy store keep that in mind. Ok, so here is the part you have all been waiting for…the giveaway! Amy is giving away 3 patterns from her shop. Any THREE patterns of your choice! Sounds great doesn’t it?! So here is how you can enter, with 3 chances to win. Please leave a separate comment for each entry and make sure you leave your email or a way for me to contact you. Giveaway will end Sunday July 23.
Now don’t forget to head on over and take advantage of the sale price for the Isabella pattern, it’s on sale today only! And make sure you check out the rest of the tour, it is an amazing line-up of ladies!
Thanks again Amy for including me in on your pattern blog tour, I am truly honored!