Today we take a look at the Paris Tea Time Dress by Terra's Treasures - she has so many great patterns over in her shop for both boys and girls, so if you haven't checked her out - go browse around!!! I am in love with the version Jessica has sewn up of this dress!
While I was deciding what fabrics to choose for this review, I thought about the romance of Paris, and all things vintage and shabby chic. So I chose this dreamy pink fabric with roses and Eiffel Towers and a soft, blue fabric sprinkled with coordinating dots and roses. I even added a touch of lace, which is not in the pattern, but it adds that perfect touch of sweetness. I also chose to shoot it outside the storefront of a local cookie shop: can't go wrong with wrought iron cafe tables and fleur-de-lis sugar cookies to round out the theme.
So now that you know the why, I'll share the what! The Paris Tea Time dress is a great dress on its own or layered with a tee for an all-season dress. I would say it could be successfully tackled by an adventurous beginning sewist. The directions are laid out very clearly, but it is assumed that you have basic sewing skills under your belt, like gathering. Here are a few more details about the pattern:
- Accommodates sizes 12-18M to size 14
- 6 pages of pattern pieces for the bodice and the collar, and cutting measurements OR pattern pieces for rectangular pieces
- Step-by-step, detailed instructions to walk you through what is a very quick sew!
I did make a few changes to the dress. I mentioned before that I added lace. After I sewed up one side of the dress, I added the lace to where you would normally topstitch the seam between the skirt pieces and the band. I then sewed up the other side as instructed to get the raw edges of the lace tucked neatly into the seam. I also added some width to the straps for a little more coverage. The lace rosette is a pin that I sewed up on my own and is not a part of the pattern. I was going to make it into a headband, but "the boss" said she wanted it pinned to the dress. ;)
This is definitely a pattern I will return to, especially in the future when my sweet girl may not like all the frills and ruffles that she does at age four.
A special thanks goes out to Rookies Cookies in New Albany, Indiana, for the beautiful Fleur-de-lis sugar cookies! She seriously wanted to eat them ALL!!!