I fell in love with the newest pattern from Violette Fields Threads --The Madison Dress. It has so many amazing details that really are stunning and creative and challenging to an adventurous beginner!
The V shape of the neckline and the keyhole large opening were two of the features that really popped for me. It is both unique and not too challenging to sew! The pintucks in the front of the bodice I decided to leave off only because I didn’t want to take away from this stunning print of sand dollars from the Barnacle Bay line. I have to admit that pintucks are not my favorite sewing technique, but I read through Alexis’s directions and they are super easy to create because you sew them BEFORE cutting the bodice out! The pockets were truly my favorite part of this entire pattern. Now I have made plenty of pockets before, but these directions were so easy to follow and i enjoyed carrying through the chambray coordinating print from the “V” neckline to the pockets --it really makes them stand out!
The skirt has two pieces (front and back) and the front is narrower for the addition of the pockets; be sure to read carefully. I started to use the wider piece because I assumed the faux placket must be on the wider without READING. The faux placket carries the pintucks of the center bodice detail down the skirt and although I left off the pintucks, I did do the placket as the details are dreamy! It is hard to see mine because my buttons blend into the sand dollars!
Overall this pattern took longer than I usually spend on sewing a dress for selling. But it is all in the details and oh so worth every minute! I love a pattern that challenges me to learn! The other aspect to this pattern is that if you leave off the pintucks and placket it can be a much faster sew --the pockets really don’t take much time and they are every little girl’s dream!!