I am always interested to see what Terra from Terra's Treasures has up her designing sleeves, and the Carolina Sweetheart Dress is no exception. Let's join Rebekah as she walks us through this sweet new dress pattern.
Hello again! Let me introduce myself again as it has been a little bit since my last review here on Pattern Revolution. I am Rebekah and I blog over at Rebekah Sews! I am excited to share with you all my second review! Ready...Set...Go!
Today we are taking a look at the Carolina Sweetheart Dress by Terra's Treasures. For those hemispheres coming into the warmer weather; this little beauty is sure to please. That is not to say those in the cooler climates can’t enjoy it too. There is room for layering!
Just between us, I wasn't sure about this dress when I first signed up to review. That being said I have sewed up many of Terra's Treasures ' patterns and haven't been disappointed once as her tutorials feature step by step instructions with clear photos depicting every step. Now there are several details that make this dress unique. These include the pleat in front, the sweetheart neckline that is created using elastic, and the button back closure. Even the construction is unique in that a seam ripper is required not optional! (I promise no heavy duty seam ripping is necessary though, at least not per the pattern anyways!) Included in the tutorial are also instructions on how to add lace to your neckline and bottom panel should you choose to do so. Another great feature is that this dress requires no serger as it is fully lined. No exposed seams at all!
Who’s ready to hear a little about my dress? First off let me say that even though I wasn't sure if I would like this dress originally, I am in LOVE with it now. I sewed up the size 12-18mo and the fit is perfect on my girl. The dress took about 3-4 hours to put together. I had to go back and recut the back main bodice as the lining and main are on the same pattern piece and I didn't realize I had to cut a portion off of that pattern piece for the main piece. It is marked on the pattern piece but it just didn't register in my brain! The dress is fairly easy to make with the hardest part I found to be sewing down the elastic. You have to pull the lining to get the elastic straight while sewing it straight. That can take a little coordination.
All in all, I would make this again in a heartbeat. Each dress can be slightly different from the previous one by just changing up some options: lace or none, flutter sleeves or none, skipping the elastic to create a square neckline...you get the picture. Well I think that is enough of my rambling for one day! Off to create another handmade goody. Take care!
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