When this dress first appeared to be tested I immediately applied, but missed out so when a post appeared asking for bloggers to join a blog tour I jumped at the chance, the stunning cascading bow captured my imagination and the name – well The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett just happens to be one of my favourite children’s books!
For such a stunning bow the dress really is not as fabric hungry as you would expect and has the added benefit of being able to use plainer fabrics with one stunning pattern.
I ummmed and ahhhed about using the Cynthia Rowley print as the main fabric or and accent, but I had enough so decided to feature it as the main and accented with a navy and red broadcloth.
I made a size 2 for the Princess and the bodice fits perfectly, and that V at the back just gorgeous.
The pattern taped together easily and requires deceptively few pieces given how complex the bow looks.
The tutorial is well written, with handy hints along the away, and lots of photos; though a little more detail in sections would have been appreciated as some of the photos the contrast between the main and lining fabrics is not overly clear.
That said the pattern is aimed at the intermediate level seamstress and just requires a little thinking as you go along, and if a supplementary tutorial were to be added for these parts I really think it could be and advanced/confident beginner pattern. There is a Facebook Group found here that I know would be really helpful too. Don’t be afraid to try if you have some sewing experience and are looking to up-skill.
Enough of official review stuff lets look at the detail again.
Seriously I took so many photos of this detail, of course it didn’t help that it was rather windy when I was trying to take photos 😀
Of course I couldn’t make the Secret Garden dress without some Secret Garden book inspiration.
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Of course here in New Zealand we are in the midst of Spring and all that goes with it weather-wise. Monday started with torrential rain, Tuesday and Wednesday were glorious but with an Antarctic bite thanks to the snow being dumped on the Central North Island and today, well, today was Spring in all her glory.
Allison and Deborah have decided to add a coupon code for the purchase of the Secret Garden pattern for the duration of the tour. The code is “SGTOUR25” , this code will give a 25% discount for the purchase of the pattern in the website http://www.empatterns.com as well as in the Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/empatterns. The price has been reduced in the Craftsy shop http://www.craftsy.com/user/3129921/pattern-store
The only change I made was to do a rolled hem in white on the underskirt, I love the definition it provides.
If you haven’t checked out the other other bloggers on the tour please do their work is gorgeous and there are even a few twists for inspiration.