Grand Isle Dress and Top by Seaside Notions

Hi everyone!!  I’m back with another review for you all!  I can’t even tell you all how long I’ve been searching for a pattern like this.  My daughter loves maxi length dresses for the summer and I have been wanting one that just had a yoke, and not a full bodice.  As soon as I saw this come across my newsfeed, I knew it was going to be perfect for her!  

The Grand Isle by Seaside Notions comes in three different lengths; top, dress, and maxi.  I actually made up two versions of this dress, both maxi, and oyu can see the other one HERE.  For this version, I used some Art Gallery Fabrics voile on the skirt and quilters weight on the yoke.  I made a size 6 because my daughter is in between sizes right now, but I probably could have done a 5 and been fine.  The only thing that makes it obvious that it is a little big is that the armscye is a little low and big, but again, I did size up for my daughter.  Just something to be mindful of if you make this pattern.  The pattern gives you the option of doing a lining, or a facing and I chose the facing just to keep the dress super light and flowy.  It will be perfect for our 100 degree summers.  If this was a dress for school, I would have lined it because the voile is a little on the sheer side.  The only difference between the front and back is that the back yoke is ever so slightly wider.

The yokes are done in a way so that the inside seams are fully enclosed, so it is just as pretty on the inside as the outside.  The straps are done as shoulder ties, but I think next time I do it I’m just going to do a regular strap.  It wouldn't be adjustable, but my daughter is always bothered by ties on her shoulder and I always worry about them coming undone at school.  When you make this dress, you will want to make sure you take a length measurement!  I sized up and added a lace trim to the bottom, so I was expecting it to be on the longer side, but it actually ended up being just perfect!  If I had just added the hem, I think it may have been a little short.  If your daughter likes ruffles, there is also an option to add a ruffle to the bottom.  Overall, I just adore this pattern and I already have a dress length one cut out and ready to sew up!!  

To add the the boho vibe of this dress, I added the Coco Flower crown by Molly and Mama, found in issue 7 of One Thimble Magazine.  It is the perfect little accessory!

Kara's Version

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