Easter Caroline Party Dress

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Perfect Pattern Parcel has came and went; did you get yours?! There were so many wonderful patterns included, all of which I did not have in my pattern stash. Win! If you missed it, Kollabora and the Perfect Pattern Parcel are teaming up together to continue the fun in a sewalong! What is Kollabora you say? Kollabora is a hub for makers by makers to share their fantastic creations with the crafting world. Anyone from knitters to DIY'ers are welcome! So if you haven't joined the Kollabora band wagon, jump on! In order to sew along with the pattern party, all you need to do is put "Pattern Parcel #2" in the "Supplies" box, and it will show up in the PPP feed. How easy was that?! You can follow me on Kollabora here :)



Alright, now onto the dress! The Caroline Party Dress is designed by Hayley over at Welcome to the Mouse House. This lovely little number was included in the PPP. But don't fret! You can still purchase the dress over in her shop. I decided to sew up a size 4T, only because the 3T I sewed in the Persimmon was just a little snug. She has some room to grown that's for sure! Not extremely huge... but just a tad big.


I am head over heals in love with this dress! Just look at the fullness and body it has. Any little girl would feel like a princess wearing this. A nice option that is offered in the Caroline is that you can choose to make a fully lined dress with tulle, or opt out of it entirely. You can also have hidden pockets and a darling Peter Pan collar. I chose to make a fully lined dress with tulle and the collar. Though I love the finished product, tulle is such a pain in the rear to work with! My problem with tulle in general is that the cut edges blend in withone another due to the mesh consistency of it. Where you think one end starts, another begins. But again, the finished dress looks awesome and the tulle is much needed to give it that "bounce".


Oh the fabric... my over the top and very loud plaid. I found this crazy print at Wal-Mart while we were browsing for light bulbs about 3 months ago. I know its kind of out there, but it screamed Easter. I never buy fabric from there, but it was an opportune time. I purchased two yards... then it sat in my stash for quite a while until Easter rolled around.  How I eeked the Caroline out of two yards is beyond me. I sewed up a remnant of it to make the lining lol because I had nothing big enough that I was willing to cut into for it. But I think it's a cute print, and matches Madison's personality perfectly.


Since I'm immobile, time was not on our side for me to hit Joann's and purchase a zipper. I dug into my stash and found a neon one that was 5" long. I mean, its not HORRIBLE, but the recommended zipper length would have been ideal. Sometimes you just have to work with what you got! The back bodice lines also don't match up exactly, but I'm not so worried about it, you know? What I love about sewing is that it's a learning experience, and if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!



All in all this dress is such a fun sew. The instructions are perfect, and it came together with much ease. This one is most definitely a little time consuming, taking a little over three hours to complete. I will say that I cannot wait to sew up another one for a different occasion! See you over on Kollabora!

11 comments :

  1. This might be one of my absolutely favorite Caroline's yet!!! Absolutely perfect!

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  2. Thank you so much Hayley! That means ALOT coming from you! So happy you like it :) the pattern is absolutely darling and I can't wait to make another one.

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  3. SUCH a cute Easter dress - love the plaid fabric and sweet little Peter Pan collar. Vintage, and fresh at teh same time. Sweet!

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  4. I can see why you love this dress! so so pretty!! love the color!

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  5. I absolutely adore this dress!! Beautiful Caroline dress!

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  6. Thanks so much ladies!!!!! This dress was pretty awesome to sew :)

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  7. Beautiful! I think I have some of that fabric, it wasn't speaking to me but this dress is perfect for it!

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  8. She looks great! Love the fabric. I love when you find something you weren't looking for in the first place.

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  9. Thank you all so much :) and yes, I love when you stumble upon something very unexpected!

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  10. Gorgeous fabric and I love that last shot!

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