Welcome back for a super fun review today! We are sharing the Girls Classic Ruffle Dress from Dandelions n' Dungarees with you today. This dress is swoon-worthy! The girls dress comes in a size 2-8 but then there are the infant size pattern in NB-24 months and the tween sizes in size 10-16. A great range of sizes - you can buy just the size range you need, or a bundle of two sizes, OR get them ALL bundled together for quite a substantial discount! Dandelions n Dungarees is offering all of our readers 15% off with the code DANDY15 (good off anything in the shop, expires Friday, Sept 20th). The is also a 3 size range Pattern Bundle up for grabs to one of our lucky readers!!! Yep you can win this pattern in size NB-16y, Wowza!
- This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.
Now hold onto your hats for some cuteness, here are Jessica and Rebecca to share what they sewed up for their lovely girls...
I was given the opportunity to review the Girls Classic Ruffle Dress from Dandelions and Dungarees. This is a new designer for me, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I knew I loved the design! It is truly a classic style that will last for years to come, even as your little girl gets older. It comes in sizes 2T-8, which is a great size span. It's also an easy pattern to change up sizes if you have a gal that is tall and skinny or any other variation that doesn't fit well into one particular size.
There are a few more reasons that I LOVE this pattern. There are tons of great photos to help explain the techniques. I've never done a placket like this, so I was a little intimidated, but the detailed pictures and thorough instructions really made it easy. She also adds a great sewing dictionary at the end. I learned a few new things just by reading that! So what else do you want to know about this pattern? It is pretty involved and there was one area that I was tripped up on, but the designer added some additional steps and explanations that really helped me understand the process better. It is not fully lined, so it would be appropriate for three seasons, or all four if you pair it with a cardigan. Making it unlined also means that it's not going to be a fabric hog!
Another great thing is that she teaches you to make your own REAL bias tape for the neck (you know... cut on the bias...which is why it's called bias tape! whomp whomp) You can match it specifically to your fabric and you can be as creative as you want! I know some of you have a love/hate relationship with pattern pieces. You kind of have to have them for a dress like this. Just sayin'. There are cutting measurements for things like sleeve cuffs and plackets and the skirt, which is good. The pattern pieces are also on a grid, so getting them to line up is easy peasy, even if you're a sleep deprived mom like me!
I think the only downside I can see with this pattern is that it was not a super quick sew for me. There are a lot of details. And details take time. But not every dress can be a 2 hour sew and sometimes you just want a project that has extra special details and looks like something that you sewed with love.
Extra special thanks to Rebecca Laurel Photography for her images and her lovely model!