Welcome to day one of the EYMM Kenzie’s Party Dress and Skirt Blog tour.
When Kymy first posted the picture of the dress she made for her daughters first birthday I was enamored by the rainbow colours. So when the call went out for bloggers to do a tour with this pattern for the holidays I jumped at the chance as my local Spotlight had just put out their seasonal fabrics and I knew just what I wanted to do.
I love the Holiday season (though generally I hold out until the last week of November before going all out December 1st is a big deal in this household). Each year the children get a few seasonal T shirts to wear and get everyone in the spirit of the season, this skirt is perfect addition to these.
This is an advanced beginner/intermediate level pattern, with lots of gathering and little bit of brain power to sort your fabric layers. I am not entirely sure I was successful on this front using four different fabrics and I think just two or more than 6 would be better. Kymy does include a handy colouring layout to assist in this and I really should have used it.
The pattern comes with several options, a flounced dress or skirt, or a simple dress or skirt. I chose to do the flounced skirt option since I knew the princess would be wearing it to Kindy. I cut the size 2 which fitted well with a little growing room, we may even get another years wear out of it next year, the fabric, a mix of seasonal cotton prints and plain quilting cotton.
As I have always found with EYMM patterns the tutorial is well written and walks you through each step, pointing out tricky spots along the way. The trickiest spot in this pattern other than figuring out your fabric placement is ensuring your offset layers (which is what gives this pattern its charm) overlap enough to hide the underskirt.
Don’t be put off by the level of difficulty as it really is a stunning pattern for the holidays, rather allow yourself enough time to do it justice – not the night before 😀 (I know I am not the only one who leaves things to the last minute). Also while I have done a rolled hem on my overlocker (serger) it is possible to make this dress without one using bias tape to enclose the scalloped edges, I love the the way it gives the opportunity for added embellishment and drama doing this.
The pattern can be found here and the coupon code LITTLELADY will save you 30% off any Kenzie’s Party Dress purchase (newborn-4t, 5-18tween, 18″ doll add-on, or the bundle that includes newborn-18tween plus the doll size), good until 11:59pm PST on 11/12/2014.
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on the tour too.
There is a rafflecopter giveaway too; the giveaway prizes total $125 and include $50 EYMM gift certificate, Stitchbox Monthly November Sewing Box ($35 value), $25 EYMM gift certificate, and a Little Lady Sheet of Jamberry Juniors Nail Wraps ($15 retail).
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There is a linky too if you head to this post at EYMM