This post is probably going to be kind of long. I have a sale to announce at the end, plus an update on where I have been. But first, I want to tell you a little about the Perfect Peasant Dress from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop that I made Lillian for her to wear on her birthday. Yes, her birthday was this summer, so that is why the grass looks so green.
To start out, I have to say that this might be my favorite pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop that I have made so far. Since Lillian is so small and some of the other items I have made her have been on the larger side, I decided to make the bodice in a size 2T and used the 3T for the length. This was easy to do for this dress since the bodice is already separate from the skirt.
As you can see, even though it’s a dress, she was still able to easily play in it. I sewed one side of the sash to the dress so that it wouldn’t rise up too much and it wouldn’t get lost if it happened to come untied. The worst that could happen is that she would step on the sash and possibly trip. This has not happened yet and she has worn this dress a lot. It’s also one of her favorite things that I have made for her!
The dress was pretty easy to make, but I did struggle with the flower. I probably should have used a larger button in the middle because I couldn’t get the fabric to hide under it. I used these cover button kits (not sure on the size) to make the button. It was SO easy to use and turned out fantastic. I will definitely be using these again in the future! (The above picture is an outtake pic from the Father’s Day gift that I do every year, but it shows the flower pretty well, so I’m using it.)
Back to the dress. The hardest part is making the casing for the sleeves and the neckline. The good thing about it though, is that they do not need to be perfect. Once the elastic is added, any minor creases will be hidden. So if you are looking for a great first dress to make, I recommend this one. It’s honestly really forgiving as far as not needing every little thing to be perfectly sewn.
I hemmed the bottom after the dress was completed, because I did add a little extra when cutting so that it wouldn’t be too short. I finished this the week of her birthday so I had to make it correctly the first time around! I think this is actually a great option for most dresses. Seeing this pic now, I probably could have made it a tad shorter, but it still fits (6 months later) so I’m ok knowing that it was a tad long at the beginning.
This was my first time sewing with chevron and I didn’t bother with making sure the edges were perfectly matched. I haven’t noticed that they don’t match each time that she wears it, so it’s obviously not a big deal to me. I know to some it is.
Another outtake pic. What a silly girl! Here you can see that the arms and neckline are gathered. This is accomplished by making a casing and adding elastic. This is also done on the waistline, but it’s covered by the sash so you can’t really see it. My choices of fabric were taken from her invite, which I purchased from PrintasticDesign on Etsy. Here is what the invite looked like. I would recommend this shop, but she definitely takes the full turnaround time that she has listed.
Next, I want to share the sale that Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop is having. I’m pretty sure that this sale is the first one that I purchased any of Amy’s patterns with and I was hooked! I had so much trouble trying to pick out 3 (I think the sale was for 3 that year) because I seriously liked them all. Now, she has so many more to choose from. I’m going to have to go through and see what I’m missing. haha
As for what I have been up to, I highly recommend watching this video!
If you weren’t able to watch the video…I’m pregnant! I am now 15 weeks along and we are pretty excited to welcome another little one into the family. I haven’t been able to blog or sew or do much really for most of the pregnancy because I was super sick. I won’t go into all of the details, but I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum and I will just say it was a long first trimester. I’m not 100% yet, but it’s getting there. Each day I get more strength and energy back. I do have to add that I was lucky with the care that I received as well as it ending around the end of the first trimester. Some woman are not that lucky.
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop so I get compensated for any orders placed through the links in this post.