Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns

I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump lately, so when a pattern call was put out for the Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns I jumped at the chance!

With young girls in our house, there never seems to be a shortage of ruffles and twirly skirts. While I love to see my 4 year old spin her way across the living room there’s a part of me that is always drawn to classic designs that allow the details of a dress to really stand out.

The Holly Dress is a perfect example of that!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress 1Two sets of small pintucks flank the fully lined bodice, creating gorgeous attention at the neckline. Most dresses/tops have you only sew in a handful but a full panel of more than a dozen pintucks sets this dress apart!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress PintucksThe back is accentuated with buttons loops instead of buttonholes. Shank buttons draw further attention to this sweet design element. A full placket provides extra coverage — no peeking skin — and shows the quality/knowledge of the designers.

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress BackThe beautiful bodice details flow into an optional contrasting band, highlighting the knee length circle skirt. It is a perfect dress for spring, or special occasions! I could see this as a perfect little Easter dress!

Stitch To Stitch Holly Dress SittingNow that I’ve shown off my darling little girl, and her beautiful new dress, time to focus on the specifics…

Audrey & Tiffany PDF Patterns is a new(er) collaboration, combining the talents of Allison at E+M Patterns and Deb at Sprouting Jube Jube. Their patterns are classically beautiful with simple lines and amazing attention to detail. Last year they released the popular Secret Garden Dress; the Holly Dress is their second project to be released for sale. I’ve worked on pattern testing for Allison before and love her techniques; finished items are well put together, with proper technique. The insides of dresses/skirts are just as pretty as the outside.

The Holly Dress pattern is clearly written, with photos to guide you through every step. It is available in sizes 2-10 and has options for both a pintucked (like shown above) or gathered bodice. I’d consider the Holly Dress to be an intermediate sew because of the precision needed on those dainty pintucks, plus the construction of the back bodice. It is a great pattern to have in your arsenal and I’m excited to make more for my girls!

The Holly Dress is available for purchase through the Audrey & Tiffany Etsy Shop. Use coupon code “HOLLY” for 25% off your purchase (good to use on the Secret Garden Dress as well).

Happy sewing!

Amanda at Stitch To Stitch

Pattern Testing — Pink Ribbon Ruffle Scarf

Denise over at Whimsy Couture is once again, gearing up for the launch of ANOTHER great pattern.  This ruffle scarf is super easy to sew and she’s donating proceeds to help breast cancer research!

As always, I love testing for her.  She’s hoping to have the pattern available for purchase sometime tomorrow.  When it’s purchasable I’ll make sure to let you know!

Pattern Testing

As I’ve said before, I adore the patterns done by Denise at Whimsy Couture.  Love, love, LOVE them.  So when she posts a request for pattern testers I jump at the chance to get my hands on a new pattern of hers!

Just as I was posting about sewing a rain jacket for myself, she put a shout-out on her Facebook page looking for testers to work on a new pattern for a reversible hooded girls’ jacket.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at a rain jacket for Big Girl.  Instead of making it reversible I’d use a water-resistant fabric (such as oil cloth or laminated cotton) for the outer fabric and something soft and comfy for the interior lining.

Brilliant idea!

As soon as I heard a confirmation from Denise, we headed to the fabric store to see what we could scrounge up locally.  And on sale of course.  I rarely step foot into Joann’s without one of their signature 40% off coupons.  😉

With only a little guidance from me, I let Big Girl pick out the fabrics — I’ve learned this increases the chances of her wearing the item significantly — and then some coordinating buttons to compliment the front.

This is what we came up with!

oilcloth rainjacket by stitch to stitch

Girls' Rain Jacket

Bright colors to cheer up rainy days

lined rain jacket by stitch to stitch

Incredibly soft and warm minky lining

3 Coordinating Buttons

Good for throwing snowballs!

Absolutely perfect for your favorite little girl.

I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll list this exact jacket in the store or not.  Truthfully, it was difficult to sew and the cost of fabrics wasn’t cheap (even on sale I spent almost $20 just on materials); so the sale cost would need to reflect that.  Which could very well price myself right out of any possible sales.

I need to do some more thinking and see what kind of variations I can come up with that would make my costs lower and my frustration minimal.

On another note — this was a fantastic pattern and I highly recommend purchasing it.  When it’s available for sale I’ll pass along the info.