Will you be sewing along? I will be for sure! For day 1, I spent a couple of hours making Debbie’s Birthday Dress from sewponyvintage on etsy. Suz from sewpony is the designer behind the pattern. The dress is a sweet little A-line style dress with a button and loop closure on the back. The pattern comes in PDF form and can be instantly downloaded and printed off at home. It ranges in sizes from 18 months to 7 years. The dress can be sewn in heavier fabrics like wool, denim or corduroy as well as quilting cottons. I actually love the dress in wool like the picture shown on the pattern cover, but I am trying to use up all of my fabric stash before purchasing anymore fabric.The dresses sew up really quickly. It took me about 2 hours to make both dresses. The pattern was very easy to follow and had lots of pictures throughout. It is a great pattern to try if you have never sewn a dress before. You will need to know basic sewing skills but you can make this dress without having to sew a button hole or insert a zipper. Even I like the idea of that.
I made one of the dresses into a shorter tunic length while keeping the other dress longer. And instead of using store bought lace or trim I made some ruffled pieces out of fabric to be added to the bodice.
If you look close, you can see that I made the lined bodice pieces in the coordinating fabrics as well as the pockets and ruffled pieces.
Pattern: Debbbie’s Birthday Dress from sewponyvintage
Fabrics: Amy Butler Henna Paisley from The Ribbon Retreat, Polka Dot fabric purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Flower: Jo-Ann Fabrics trim section