Friday, February 8, 2013
Sewing: Sweetheart Dress
I cannot say enough great things about Shannon from Luv in the Mommyhood's Sweetheart Dress Pattern. It is amazing. I can honestly say I have never in my life used a pattern as good as this one. I was seriously impressed. Psst if you want to make your own I have giveaway info is at the bottom of this post.
First off the sizing is right. Normally when I use a pattern I have to spend tons of time editing the pattern to actually fit or spend my time after to take the garment in. For the most part I use patterns more like inspiration than you know a pattern but this one I could actually use as written.
Second it was SO easy to follow. Most of the time with patterns it takes some staring to decipher or I decide the way they want me to do it is dumb and do it my own way. The heart part was a tiny bit complicated but Shannon explains it so well that it took no time.
Finally I am totally in love with how it turned out. I made two of them one for each niece and it took me 3.5 hours from start to finish, including cutting fabric, reading and understanding directions and sewing. I'd say that's pretty fabulous.
I did make one tiny change. Instead of doing a floss button loop I used elastic cording. If you want to do the same you'll want to make sure to add a loop of cording after the step when you sew around the heart. First I unpicked a little space in the flap. I measured a piece of cording that would extend enough to loop over a button. Then I stuck it in the hole leaving cording extended over the edge and the loop facing inward. Then I sewed up and down and zig zagged. Basically over and over to make sure it holds. Then I continued on with the pattern.
If you have been considering buying this pattern I highly recommend it. And it's definitely worth just buying it instead of trying to figure it out. It's pretty different than how I thought it was before I read through and it's WAY easier than I would have done if I tried to figure it out.
And you are also in luck because Shannon is offering an awesome giveaway to one of my two of my readers. The first winners will get 3 patterns of her (or his) choice (she does both sewing and knitting patterns) and the second winner 1 pattern of her choice. Click here to enter the giveaway.