Willow & Co. "Persimmon Dress"

Monday, April 14, 2014

The big day has arrived my friends!  If you would have told me last month that I would be testing two patterns in the Willow & Co. spring/summer collection called "Wanderlust", I would have most likely shook my head and said, "Shut the front door!!! A little blog like me helping to test and critique a pattern from an awesome indie designer? Ha, never in a million years sister!". Well... to my surprise I was completely wrong.

I had the pleasure of testing not one, but two patterns for the amazing and kind Hayley from Mouse House Creations. I'm still in awe over this lol! Hayley is one of the ten designers in the Willow & Co. pattern collective called "Wanderlust- a glamping collection", that is set to debut next Tuesdsay, April 22nd. This collection is full of beautiful patterns that will become a staple in your little ones wardrobe for seasons to come. Be sure to head on over to Willow & Co. to purchase the bundle or separates next Tuesday!

Today I will be showing you the Persimmon Dress. One of the coolest things about this pattern is that Hayley leaves room for endless customization. You can really let your imagination run free with all of the options like the ruffles, pockets, center panel and bias tape. 

I have always been afraid of bias tape, and the Persimmon Dress has ties made up of it, so I knew there was no way to avoid this. Hayley includes some really great tutorials within the pattern that you can look at to achieve awesome handmade bias tape. These helped so much and I am less intimidated now! I mean come on, once you learn how to make your own you won't go back to store bought. I am officially hooked on doing it myself!

Those pleats! I think I am officially hooked on pleating things :) What I love is how simplistic the all around design of the dress is. It has such modern and dainty elements to it, that it immediately becomes a classic article of clothing. 

I made the common mistake of bringing Madison to Joann's to purchase fabric hehe. Kidding on the mistake part, but bringing a 5yr old "wanna-be-princess-everyday" to a fabric store makes for "Mom, it must be pink and sparkly!" We bickered back and forth about the main color of this dress, and since I know how much she likes to help, I couldn't deny making her a pink and sparkly Persimmon Dress. But of course we reached a happy medium with the center panel. 

I chose to sew up the 3T option because my little girl is very petite for her age. The fit was wonderful, as she has a 21" chest. I saw no need to make it a size longer. I could have, but I really like the idea of it being a "mod/shift" dress. The end result is something that Madison is so in love with, and I am always eager to make a piece that we both enjoy!

Hayley was such an awesome woman to work for and I can't thank her enough for letting me partake in testing her patterns for this super awesome pattern collective!  I met some wonderful ladies within the group, and now have a couple new blogs to read and follow. 

I hope you all enjoyed this dress just as much as I did! Don't forget to head over to Willow & Co. next Tuesday when they debut their wonderful spring/summer pattern collection. Thank you again Hayley! I look forward to helping you out again if you ever need!

Come back on Wednesday to see the other amazing pattern I tested in this collection!


  1. What a beautiful version you have made and I love the styling :-) Thank you so much for testing!

  2. Thank you Mie! You did such a wonderful job with these patterns and I am beyond honored to test! Can't wait to see what the other ones look like :)

  3. Ashley, what beautiful work!!! Madison looks like she loves the outfits too. Keep up the awesome job. HEIDIMAUSE MOMMA

  4. Love it! It looks perfect on your girl - love that first picture - she looks oh so cool!

  5. Darling! Thanks for joining us at Inspire Us Thursday!


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