Are you ready for what is next!!!!!!!!!!! Today we share an closer look at the Spring Lilly Dress by Ellie Inspired. I think we can all agree that we want to see more women's patterns from you - this one is beautiful!!! With a drop V back, an invisible zipper, multiple options for sleeves, and a skirt with a variety of lengths; this could just become your next 'go to' dress.
Here is Victoria to show it off and give you some helpful hints if you have never sewn a women's dress or an invisible zipper before - this was her FIRST time too!!!!!
I was asked to review the new ladies pattern Spring Lily by Ellie Inspired that will be included in the Woman's Bundle Up sale on June 20th-27th. I quickly accepted the challenge because I love the designer and needed the motivation to actually sew for myself. I say challenge because I have never sewn an adult size dress or a zipper but was excited to finally learn. With a little patience and a lot of learning, this was the finished result!
Kumari Garden Marala Pink (Bodice)
Amy Butler Love Water Bouquet Midnight (Skirt)
Belt and shoes from my closet
Bracelet from Pandora (thanks hubby!)
Let's talk about sizing and fit. I will say that I probably should have made a size down in the bodice. The tutorial does include measurements which I followed, but I was in between sizes. I went with the larger size because I didn't want to run the risk of not being able to zip it up (girl's worst nightmare). With that being said, if you are also in between sizes, I suggest making the smaller size. The tutorial comes with suggested knee and tea length measurements. I did shorten the knee length skirt by about 4". It's summer, and I just prefer a shorter cut on myself. An easy custom alteration that most will probably have to make since we all vary in height and preference.
I love the look of a box pleat skirt and it's probably my favorite part of the dress. It was very flattering compared to past gathered skirts I have made for myself. Directions were clear, but it does take a little work to get the pleats fitting correctly. I think it is a skill that will take time to master just like any new technique in sewing. The belt was already in my closet. It matched perfectly and pulled in the waist line.
I also learned how to sew darts in the back and princess seams in the front bodice. It was really easy and a lot less scary than they seem. The back closure is invisible zipper. This was the first time I have ever done one. I can't say it went perfectly and I did have to redo it. But my second try went a lot better. The tutorial direction did explain how to install the zipper but I am more of a visual learner and I found this video to be very helpful: How to install an invisible zipper with lining.
The back bodice has a beautiful v back and it's still high enough to hide your bra.
The Spring Lily misses pattern ranges in sizes from XS(0-2) -3X (24W-26W) and you will need a 16" zipper. I used a 12-14" zipper on a size M and was able to fit in it comfortably.
Happy self care sewing ladies!
Victoria Edwards from Baby Love Design