Today I get to be part of the Uptown/Downtown Pattern extension tour. I was supposed to be a tester for this dress, and I did start it back then, but it was about the time S. was born and unfortunately I couldn't finish the test. It was the first time it happened to me and I felt so angry with myself because of that. I hate missing deadlines, however - and in a side note - it has been happening more than I wished ever since I had my baby boy.
I couldn't be happier when I read about the extension tour, and couldn't help but to feel so thankful to Terri, for the fact that she'd have me on board after failing her through the test fase. All the extensions to the pattern were so tempting and I really took a few days to decide what option I'd sew. There are five new features to the pattern: Cowl - Long Sleeve - Maxi Length - Pockets - Tank/Cami Top.
I had the test version left unfinished, so I went with it. The original dress I was going to test was the sleeveless option, and I had cut a size 2 in a pale pink knit. However, I will make her a bigger size next time. I wanted to turn this into a winter/Christmas dress. All the new options are wonderful, but I went with the long sleeve one. I would make it a maxi too if I had enough fabric, and if the pale pink wasn't already cut.
I made just two little changes to the pattern. Well, maybe not the pattern, just the way I sewn it together. I've added a bow to my dress. I sewn a red satin belt I had made and used in a dress for myself, just in the front of the dress, I didn't sew it on the back, so we can easily make a bow. And, the second change comes in the hem. The side seam actually, I left front and back pieces separated at about 3" from the hem, creating a small opening. I did a regular hem on the pink fabric, but chose to do a roll over hem with the lace.
I just loved how it turned out and how many great looks you can create out of this pattern. This runs from 2 to 10 yrs, and it's perfect to sew for any season because of all the different sleeve lenght options.
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