I am so excited to see the world of PDF patterns grow with new designers and new styles. I love Working with wovens, but many of the patterns I own are a similar style. It makes me so happy to see many designers starting to mix things up with gorgeous little details that make sewing so fun. The Mara Blouse/Dress by Compagnie M is one such pattern. It has an adorable front bib with buttons and optional piping and then the variations: Blouse, Dress, Short sleeve, flutter sleeve, long sleeve, sleeveless.... phew - you could be making variations on this one for quite a while. And with a size range of 1yr-10y, you can do just that! Make sure to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of your own!!! And use the code: parev10off for 10% off through midnight October 27th (GMT +1).
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Now here are Crystal and Erica to share their different takes on this pattern!
The piping and the multiple pleats in a button yoke were all new techniques to me. I have been sewing for several years now but I tend to stay inside my safety zone when buying patterns. There are several reasons I like testing and reviewing patterns. 1. A due date- I work when I know I have to have stuff done by a certain date and 2. Trying patterns I might normally skip over and avoid for many different reasons.
I called my mom when I finished and messaged her a picture. "Show Grandma, Mom. I used piping, and made pleats, are you showing her? There is a yoke, does she see it?" My grandma has always sewed and was my influence. I am always trying to show her the new things I am doing. I would say this pattern is for advanced beginners or intermediate sewers due to the different details involved. I love the way this dress turned out. Every detail and seam is thought out and finished neatly. It did take me some time to complete the dress. I worked slowly though since some what I was doing was new to me. It took longer to put together the pattern as a dress than it would just making the top because you have to draft the dress pieces from the top and back pieces. It probably took me an hour and a half to put the pattern together, trace the pieces, and cut the fabric. I would say it took me about two hours to put the dress together. The front bodice takes the most time but after that it comes together very easily.
The directions were very thorough and I had no problem figuring out how to do the pleats, add the yoke, or any of the other steps. If I could change anything, I would add that the dress pieces be drafted and included. I had a dress that I could measure the length from but if I was making the dress for someone else, I would need those measurements available. I am going to try to make this as a long sleeved top next. I can see myself using this as a base pattern to come back to often.