Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pattern Review - Geranium Dress by Made by Rae

I've been taking a break from designing this past week and tackling more sewing projects, how could I not when there are so many cute patterns available for little girls?

I really love this Geranium dress by Made by Rae. It was a pdf pattern I purchased from her online, which though I prefer a printed pattern that I don't have to piece together, you really can't beat the immediacy of pdfs, especially since I'm more home bound these days with the little one at home. And luckily, pattern pieces for babies and children are much smaller and therefore have less pieces to cut out and piece together, so these went together in a snap. I found the dress as a whole easy to put together and a quick sew.


The only issue I had, and this has totally to do with my skills (or lack of skills) was finishing the raw edge on the flutter sleeve option. The instructions called for just a zigzag along the edge. But, I think I'm the world's worst zigzagger!. I'm never sure if the zigzag is supposed to go just to the edge but not over, or just over the edge... I usually end up with part of the edge bunching up and rolling under or over with little threads sticking out everywhere like a bad haircut. But, for whatever reason, it doesn't really bother me on this little dress, in fact, I think it lends a rather naive charm.


I used the Faux Bois Peach fabric from my Les Amis fabric collection for Michael Miller for the exterior and the Bitty Buds for the lining. I also added a silk/satin flower brooch I'd made that was left over from an idea for baby shower favors I had back in March. It was just the right color!

All in all, I love this little dress and plan to make many more.

If you're looking for cute children's clothes or handbag patterns, definitely check Made by RAE out. I also purchased the Parsley Pants pattern from her and can't wait to sew them up!

4 comments:

  1. Love love love this pattern from Made by Rae! It's so cute! and I really love the fabric you've chosen and that flower is just amazing!!

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  2. love your take on this lovely pattern.

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  3. That is really cute! I had the same issue with the dress, so I actually cut two of the flutter sleeve pieces for each arm and sewed them together so they were self lined. I thought that the finishing on the rest of the dress was so immaculate that the treatment on the edge of the flutter sleeve needed more finishing. Back to your dress, that flower just kills me. It is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. That's a fabulous idea. I plan on making this dress again so I will definitely try your idea on the sleeves!

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