Saturday, January 30, 2010

Introducing "Natalie's Dress"







This is going to be my next pattern!

I really love this dress, simple yet completely classic! The front bodice has a higher neckline, perfect for showing off a pretty strand of pearls and the back is cut low. The skirt is very full and will have the option to add a pretty crinoline underneath with tulle to add fullness to the skirt. In this view I have added an apron with a big bow sash in the back however, I have also made another version with the sash built in with no apron that will be the ideal dress for a special occasion. Think Easter, a fancy party or even as the perfect flower girl dress at a wedding. I only wish I had some raw silk laying around here so that I could make one up and show you. The possibilities for this are endless!!

BTW...Isn't this fabric TDF!? I have been saving it for the perfect dress and I think I nailed it. Pale pink with images of vintage little girls baking cakes and cookies. All I can think of when I see this dress is a miniature June Cleaver in the kitchen baking cookies for the "beave". Now, keep in mind I have never actually seen Leave It To Beaver, I'm not quite that old ... yet! But I have seen clips and have heard all about it from my folks.

Okay back to my machine because I am anxious to make up another version to show you what you can do with this design. Now keep in mind this is just the first draft and I haven't even begun to draft pattern pieces or start making the tut so it's going to be a while before it's done. But if you are interested in testing, just leave me a comment and when the time comes I will let you know!

Sorry, for the lousy pics but we are currently getting blasted with snow, so it's not the best time to doll Miss Abby up in a sleeveless dress and go out on a photo shoot. The kids are currently bundling up to go out and play in the "white stuff" and maybe after that I might be able to convince Abby to try it on so we can get a few modeled shots.

Remember: You can always double click on my photos to enlarge them for a better view.

Dawn

15 comments:

Beth said...

Crinoline??? Be still my beating heart. Easter goodness awaits!!!!!! Sign me up as a tester, please!!!

Goosegirl said...

Gorgeous! I love the fabric so much!! And apron over the top is perfect. Darling all around.

Misty said...

I SOOOOO LOVE this pattern!!! Beautiful dress!!! I cannot wait until this one is available!!! I see a fancy Easter dress in our future!!!

Sue said...

Dawn, Like all of your work, this is simply gorgeous. Susan

Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

oh my gosh. that is just beautiful! my girls would flip out. i'd love to test this pattern.

Sabrina
twigglesandtrunks@yahoo.com
www.twigglesandtrunks.blogspot.com

April said...

I realy like this, too, Dawn! But, please - oh, please tell me the print on that fabric!!!!

As far as Leave it to Beaver goes. Ahem - you have totally missed out.... and your kids..... you must, you simply MUST order the DVDs via Netflix. We did and our children LOOOOOOOVE them (and wow, can you say family-friendly?) !!!!! They have all the seasons.

Eric & Karen said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I NEED to test this for you! I can do a size 3....

Karen
407belleque @ g mail dot com

Dawn said...

Oh, I'm so glad you all like Natalie!!! I think all little girls need a classic dress like this in their wardrobe. I will tell you it goes together very quickly and it's easy. I can make one up in about three hours from start to finish and that's including making the crinoline. But keep in mind I'm a very fast sewer.

April, I had a feeling you might fall in love with this fabric. I bought it ages ago and I can't remember where I found it. I will have to go look at the selvedge to get any info I can for you. Sadly I only have a little snippet left. I will be sure to add LITB to our Netflix cue ; )!

Tonyslady said...

Love love love this dress my hands are just itching to get a hold of this pattern. And the fabric of both is TDF!! If you need a tester for the sz 3, i'd be more then happy to help out ;)

Jodi

Babydoll_2o@yahoo.com

Amber said...

Dawn this is beautiful! I'd love to be a tester! You are right, it would make a lovely Easter dress, I already have the fabric in mind for the one I want to make! When do you think it will be released?

Sarahnthegirls said...

WOW!! That is amazingly beautiful. I love the possibilities! I have 3 little girls ages 6 mo, 3.5 years and 9 years old. We have a wedding to attend this summer. I would love to make this dress for them in some very special fabrics :)

LMK if you would like another tester. I would be honored!

Rachael said...

I'd love to test this one! It's gorgeous and my girly would LOVE the princess perfection.

organicmommy said...

Dawn I would love to test this pattern for you. It would be the perfect easter dress, I would be able to make it in 3 sizes, size 3t, 5t and 6!!!

Sharon said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!! That fabric is absolutely to die for!!! The style of the dress is gorgeous enough....and then to add that fabric!!! Heavenly! :)

Are you still looking for testers? I could do a size 6ish if you need!

SHARKritzler@aol.com

Nana said...

I love this dress and bought the pattern about 3 or 4 years ago. Finally got myself to attempt it. I have sewn for many years but am stumped with something. The pictures are black and white and I cannot decipher the directions entirely. Do you have a video or some other pictures showing the crinoline petti coat? I am not sure how, exactly, I am to put on the netting. Is there any way to explain better?

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