Hello friends! Today’s a great day – I get to introduce you to a fabulous pattern (love it), and give one away. Lindsay from The Cottage Home just released a new collection of patterns, and I had a chance to pick one as part of the blog tour. It’s a tough job :). No really, I had a hard time picking just one. I narrowed it down to the Ruby Ruffle Dress. I have to say I love this dress. Not just the dress, but the pattern itself. And Lindsay, well she’s fabulous. Except for one thing – she’s living in my house. It’s a storybook, they’re my favorite. And her sewing room? Don’t even get me started!
I’m being a tease…catch me after the jump!
Ruby Ruffle Dress By The Cottage Mama Pattern Review
I know what you’re thinking. Cutest thing you’ve seen all day. No, not the girl silly – the dress! Oh she was grumpy – I’m afraid we’re getting to that age. The one where she doesn’t want to do anything her mama wants her too. Like the flower in her hair? Super easy to make – Ruffle Chiffon Flower Tutorial.
The dress came together beautifully. It’s fully lined which I love – they sew up so much quicker for me that way, and Lindsay shares a fabulous trick for closing up the bottom that just may have changed my life forever. For realz, the tip itself is worth the price of the pattern. All together now, “Destri, you put the buttons on the wrong shoulder flap” I know, I know – but I wasn’t about to unpick the button holes after I realized I’d done it.
The pattern called for one fabric for the back and outer front panel and one for the inner panel and ruffles, but I switched it up a bit. I used a white panel and ruffles in coordinating fabrics for a little punch. There is an option for a tie too, but I have a feeling a certain someone would untie it all day, so I left it off. The girl, she loves it. She said it is her movie dress – I have no idea why!
As for a review – the pattern is one of the best I have worked with. With all the panels and lining the edges lined up perfectly and there was no need to adjust anything for fit. She provides a picture for each step, and explains each using plain English. Boutique patterns normally run a little big- but this was true to size. I also liked that she pays attention to the finishing details. There are three variations for this dress giving you a fabulous value.
Here is a list of all the other reviews that were part of the blog tour. Don’t be surprised if you find a few new favorite sewing blogs – just don’t forget about me :). Each one put their own little touches to their garments, it’s fun to see how versatile the patterns are!
Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade (Charlotte Pattern)
Liz and Elizabeth from Simple Simon (Run Around Pattern)
Andrea from The Train to Crazy (Ruby Pattern)
Destri from The Mother Huddle (Ruby Pattern)
Beverly from Flamingo Toes (Charlotte Pattern)
For a chance to win one of The Cottage Mama’s new patterns, just hop on over to her shop and tell me which one you’d like in the comments. US residents only and one comment per person please. Giveaway closes midnight CT June 27, 2012. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday!
This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to #51 Arezoo, I will be in touch!
I hope everyone is having a good week, can you believe it is almost Friday? Crazy.
Thanks for reading and talk soon!