Today we are sharing a pattern that check off a great many boxes on my 'favorite things' list. Knit: Check, versatile: Check, works with Upcycling: CHECK!
My amazing reviewers had to open my eyes to the awesomeness that is Burlap Button. Today we are looking at the combinations you can create by combining the Charlie Mack A Doodle and the Tummy Topper Layering Tee. You can get these two patterns bundled together or buy just one. If you buy the Bundle right now in the ETSY SHOP, you can save $1.50 with the code: PatternRevolution
Check out the cuteness from Trisha and Kara, showing off their daughters' creativity and personalities while wearing clothes they can really play in.....
The Charlie Mack-A-Doodle dress is a cute sleeveless dress with a drop waist and super twirly skirt. You can do a full circle skirt, or a 2/3rds skirt if you want to save on fabric. Both are included in the pattern. The Tummy Topper shirt is a nice form fitting shirt with several different sleeve options, many that you can combine. Since it is still winter here, I decided to do a long sleeve version of the Tummy Topper, and added the flutter sleeves to it. Instead of a cuff, I added a sleeve ruffle, which is not in the pattern, but one of the suggestions she offers for ways to add to it. When you combine the two patterns, you get this awesome dress. My daughter wore it for 3 days in a row and did not want to take it off. I think that means she likes it.
See that face? That is her excitement face over how awesome this dress is. I mean, what's not to love? It twirls amazingly, fits great, is made of knit so it's super comfortable, and has My Little Pony's on it. Speaking of the graphic, this dress is perfect for making upcyles using different t-shirts. The directions to use a graphic is included in the pattern. It can be a bit intimidating the first time you do it, because there aren't specific measurements. That's because every graphic is different sizes, so you'll need to piece the fabric so it's big enough to cut out the front bodice. That might mean that you have to add a top panel, as I did, or that you'll add small size panels one time, and large ones another time. Don't worry! You can do it! Just don't forget to account for seam allowance when deciding how big to cut your pieces.
She is totally giving me sass in this picture! I'm going to be in trouble when she's a teenager.
I was totally cracking up when I was reading through the instructions because Kristi talks to you like you are right there. One of my favorite quotes from the patterns is "Little tiny sleeve holes will make you say dirty
words when trying to hem them in the round, BUT it’s your choice." Her humor made reading a pattern quite enjoyable.
If you are the type of person who doesn't like or doesn't need a lot of words to make a pattern, there is a quick guide at the end of the Charlie Mack-A-Doodle dress. I love having those after I read through, just to remember what step is next without having to scroll through the whole thing. Especially if I'm looking at the instructions on my phone while sewing.
There is also the Mack-A-Do doll dress pattern for 18" dolls available. My daughter wants me to get it so she can have a matching dress for her American Girl doll. I may just have to do that and surprise her with it.
Pattern Review: Charlie-Mac-A-Doodle Dress by Burlap Button
by Kara Orr
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