Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sew and Tell with the Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress

 
Hi again to all our sewing friends!  I sincerely hope that you all had the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!  (That was the "theme" in our family this year, lol!)  And since it's the start of a brand-spankin' new year, may you have the BEST NEW YEAR EVER!  I don't really make resolutions, but I am trying to get back into shape.  I thought I was going to die during the warm-up section of my aerobics video the other day, so we'll see how it goes ;)
 
But you're here to read about this darling little dress, so let's get to it!
I'm going to give you the run-down of everything you need to know about the Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress from Lilac Lane!  Designer Melissa Stramel specializes in designs that make little girls look like little girls, as well as doll clothes, quilts, bags, and home décor.
 
*  For starters, we've got this dress on sale for 25% off in the pattern shop right now!  Woohoo!!!
 
*  This one pattern contains 2 versions of the dress.  View 1 is a simplistic A-line design with sweet, feminine detailing that makes the dress.  View 2 features a ruffled neckline and accompanying ruffle just above the bottom hemline.
 
*  A separate pattern is available for a doll version of this dress.  It's suitable for both 15" and 18" dolls.  Cute, right?!?  Well guess what???  This one is 25% off, too!!!  Double woohoo!!!
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipops-and-gumdrops-for-dolls-e-pattern/
 
*  The PDF is 31 pages long.  7 pages are the directions, 2 pages examples of finished dresses, and 22 pages are pattern pieces.  There are 4 rectangular pieces to this dress that pattern pieces are not provided for, and you must use the given measurements. 
 
*  This pattern can be made in sizes 2T- Girls 10.
 
*  The back is finished with a button and corded elastic.  No buttonholes here!
 
*  A helpful chart is provided that gives measurements for each size, as well fabric requirements.
 
*  Lilac Lane patterns are very concise and use easy-to-read drawings rather than photographs to illustrate the steps.  The set-up is similar to that of a paper pattern, except you won't be left scratching your head after each step.

*  And for those of you who have never had the pleasure of working with Melissa or any of her designs, you're in for a treat!  She's an absolute sweetheart!

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 Sheilah has a glowing review of the Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress for us below.  Let's see what she has to say  :)
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipop-and-gumdrop-dress-e-pattern/
 
I had the pleasure of reviewing The Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress by Lilac Lane.  What a great pattern!  ;)
 
I have been sewing (along with other needle arts) for nearly 45 years, and I enjoyed making this dress.  I also teach sewing classes for beginners and intermediate students interested in sewing, quilting, etc., and the pattern's instructions/pictures make this a pattern anyone can follow and be proud of the finished garment.
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipop-and-gumdrop-dress-e-pattern/

 I chose this particular pattern because it has so much to offer.  It can be dressed-up, or it can be very casual.  Trying to decide the personality for my project was so difficult.  First, there are 2 options in one pattern!  Did I want to make the ruffled option or not?  Once I decided on View 1, I had to choose FABRIC!!!  My goodness....the possibilities were endless.  Not complaining!

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipop-and-gumdrop-dress-e-pattern/
 
I chose Ana Davis's "Animal Parade" for my dress!  Finally!!! :)  I love the fabric choice, it's soft, drapes well and the color is gorgeous!  I hope you agree!  I used the companion print for the neck and hem bands.  The trim on top of the band is a ruffled band of white broadcloth!  I think it looks perfect there!  :)

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipop-and-gumdrop-dress-e-pattern/
 
The pattern is worded so well.  The graphics are spot on, and the written instructions are easy to follow and illustrated perfectly.  The pattern also gives actual pattern pieces and this, in my experience, makes it a lot more appealing to beginner sewers. I did not alter the pattern at all, although I chose a shank button instead of covering a button. Another pattern "plus" is that multiple sizes are included! :) View 1, size 8 fit my little model very well. I am looking forward to making a couple more for the younger granddaughters!

http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/lilac-lane-e-patterns/lilac-lane-lollipop-and-gumdrop-dress-e-pattern/
 
I thoroughly enjoyed using this pattern and can recommend it to any level seamstress who is interested in sewing clothes for their own little princesses!!
 
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What a beautiful little red-head!  And those pleats were amazing!  Gorgeous dress and gorgeous pattern.  You know you need it.  It's a necessity at this point ;)  A girl can never have too many sundresses!
 
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Pair it Up! 

 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/sis-boom-e-patterns/sis-boom-marlo-top-e-pattern/
 
Don't let the kids and dolls have all the fun!  Get in on all the ruffle-y goodness with the Marlo Top from Sis Boom!  You can extend the length to make a flirty sundress as shown above  :)  Sew this one up in sizes XS- 3XL.
 
http://www.fairytalefrocksandlollipops.com/peek-a-boo-pattern-shop-e-patterns/peek-a-boo-pattern-shop-dakota-denim-jacket-e-pattern/
 
The Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress is just begging to be paired with the Dakota Denim Jacket pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop!  This jacket really gives the dress a casual feel and is a fashionable way to transition from winter to spring (yes, I just went there!).  Make the Dakota Denim Jacket for the little guy in your life, too.  It's perfect for both boys and girls in sizes 3m- 12 years!
 
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Is that enough cuteness to get you through the dreary month of January?  We thought so  :)  Get over to the website and be sure to pick up all of these amazing patterns!  If you wait, you'll get distracted, and then you'll forget about it, and you'll kick yourself later.  Been there, done that. 
 
You can get the Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress and the Doll Version of the Lollipops and Gumdrops Dress for 25% off until the end of January!  And if you've sewn this dress, we'd love to see it!  Send us a photo either by email, our FB page, or post in our FB group, and we'll add it to this blog post so that others can be inspired by your work!! 
 

Happy New Year, y'all!!

and 

Go sew something magical!!!

 
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6 comments:

  1. This is an adorable pattern! I love it!

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  2. What a cute pattern and such fun fabric choices! I'd love if you came and linked up to the Do Tell Tuesday party live on my site now (Just click on my name and it should take you there).

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    1. Awesome! Thanks, Lisa! I'll check it out :)

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  3. I am madly in love with your sewing skills. I love to sew but lose my patience when it comes to making clothes.

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