Ruthie's Picnic Dress by FooFoo Threads

“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland . Now those are some simple directions, but a bit vague, don't you think? Definitely not the the kind of clear, step- by- step instructions you get when you sew a Foo Foo Threads Pattern! (Always Buy 2 get 1 Free!) Here's Melissa's Alice in Wonderland inspired dress and her review of Ruthie's Picnic Dress by Foo Foo Threads.

Melissa here from Three Dutch Divas with a review of the lovely Ruthie's Picnic dress brought to you by Foo Foo Threads! If you are not familiar with FFT, or Foo Foo Threads, then there is no time like the present, for you to go to her shop and browse her classically beautiful and easy to create designs!

    I have been a long time fan, so I was excited to make a new pattern of hers and review Ruthie’s picnic dress. I was very impressed with all of the examples of timeless dresses that were created using this pattern. That said, those that know me, know my mind immediately breaks designs into characters I can replicate for my daughters dress up closet! When I saw this dress, I immediately thought Alice in Wonderland!

This pattern had beautiful flutters and an optional chest bib insert that easily allowed me to modify it to look like a faux apron. I used the sash to finish that look. Since the sash ties in the back, I made my daughter the next size up. There is a chart of finished measurements in the pattern so you can ensure you're making the size best fitted to your child. The bodice is fully lined, fitted and buttons up the back, so I used the sash to cinch it up. This will allow me to tie it loser as she gets bigger, so the dress will grow with her a bit! Huge Bonus!

The dress has an option for an underskirt, overskirt and measurements and instructions for two different types of ruffles. I choose to make the single skirt for this look, so I added the ruffle length to the underskirt length and then added my own apron piece. I love the other skirt options, and I am already thinking of new things I can make to utilize the layered under and over skirt options on my next dress. My little one was just in love with her Alice dress, and I am in love with a new pattern. This style reminds me of the dresses my mother made for me as a child and I am thrilled that I can recreate the timeless style for my own daughter!

Have a very merry un-Birthday… and happy sewing to you!