La Tulipe By Tie Dye Diva

Hi guys! It's Katie again, and today I am reviewing the "La Tulipe" dress by Tie Dye Diva. And what a gorgeous dress it is, see?

With beautiful, flower-like sleeve details, and a twirl-ful circle skirt, this dress is sure to be one of her favorites. 

I was so excited to make this dress, because not only does it have sleeves (no "straps" allowed at school), it has very sweet and unique sleeves. Lilah is tallish for her age and skinny; her measurements usually put her into a size 4 for bodice and a 6 for length (she's 5). I made this dress in a size 5, because I had *just* enough fabric. She really needs a 6 for length (it's meant to be longer), but I reaaaally wanted to use these fabrics. The top is a perfect fit (with plenty of room to grow into) and features a sweet princess cut neckline:

The overlapping sleeves make for such a gorgeous detail , and a perfect place for piping or trim. I used pink bias tape on mine for a little color pop and also lined them with the skirt fabric. 

I probably spent about 2 hours on this dress between printing, cutting, and sewing. It was a fun sew, and I would consider it an advanced beginner - intermediate pattern (due to the sleeve detail/button closure/neckline). Here are some of the pattern details:
  • There are 15 pages of nested (color) pattern pieces to print.
  • Sizes range from 2-10
  • Includes both a measurement chart for determining size and a finished measurement chart.
  • Each step is shown with clear pictures.
  • Instructions and diagrams are provided for both button/loop closure and buttonholes.

Hello again! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Theresa. I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of six. I taught myself to sew about three years ago and I sew and pattern test every free moment that I get. This week, I had the pleasure of reviewing the La Tulipe Dress by Tie Dye Diva.  

This dress features a lined bodice, lined tulip sleeves, a circle skirt and optional sash and ties. The back can be closed with buttons and buttonholes or button loops or with snaps. Directions are given for adding optional piping or trim to the sleeves. Jen also includes a link to her free tutorial for tying the perfect bow!

The tutorial/pattern downloaded and printed easily. There is a chart with measurements to help you pick the perfect size, finished garment measurements and a list of fabric requirements for each size. There are easy printing, pattern assembly and fabric cutting instructions included as well. The pattern pieces are very well drafted. They matched up perfectly and are nested, color coded, and clearly marked for each of the different sizes for easy cutting. A large range of sizes are included in this pattern:  2 – 10! You will use this pattern for years.  

The tutorial is very well written and organized. It is thorough, clear and easy to follow. The instructions are very detailed. There are clear, color, step-by-step photos to aid in the understanding of these instructions. This pattern is great for all sewing levels. No special skills or advanced techniques are necessary for the basic construction of this dress.

I am in LOVE with this dress and so is my daughter.  It fits true to size, has a clean professional finish and looks so pretty on!  I love the clean lines and classic look. My daughter loves the twirl factor!  I made mine with two coordinating fabrics fabric but you can certainly use only one or different fabrics for bodice, sash, ties and skirt. Depending on your choice of fabrics, this dress can be done casual for everyday wear, a little dressier for Sunday best or fancy for a special occasion. This dress is perfect for Spring and Summer wear.  I will definitely be making more of these!