First up there are 2 things to note, I received a copy of this pattern in order to write this review but the comments here are entirely my own, secondly while this wasn't my first choice of pattern I am actually thrilled I tried it and in all kinds of love with this dress.
The Modern Belle dress has very sweet simple lines and just enough features to make it extra special but very wearable. Here in New Zealand we have Christmas in the middle of summer (although noone has told our weather that yet) and most people don't go all out with special christmas themed outfits. Because I wanted to make a dress that was able to be used throughout summer not just over the holiday period, but still had a holiday feel, I chose some lovely green whimsical fairy fabric and paired it with red/white spots. :-)
So the pattern? This went together really easily from pattern piecing, to cutting and sewing. I was very impressed with the tutorial which covered everything thoroughly. I love the detail of the lined bodice and the gathered side panels hang so nicely in this quilting weight cotton. There are two options for the side panels (one being more full than the other) and I chose the less gathered version simply because I was running short of the spot fabric. The dress still has a nice wee twirl though and it got approval from the small girl child.
I'm really pleased with how I managed to fussy cut the fairies onto the sleeves :-)
On our adventure we checked out some local sculptures...
If you have fallen in love with Modern Belle as much as I have you can purchase it here and until 11 Dec it is available at 30% off with the code "blogtour". Also don't forget to check out all the other amazing creations in the blog tour and be inspired to sew for the holiday season.
Blog Tour schedule:
Monday, Dec. 1 - Rouche & Division Top
Wednesday, Dec. 3 - Peek A Boo Hoodie
Thursday, Dec. 4 - Alley Cat Romper
Friday, Dec. 5 - Reversible Crop Top & Dress
Monday, Dec. 8 - Modern Belle Dress
Tuesday, Dec. 9 - Socialite Peplum and Dress
Wednesday, Dec. 10 - Two Haute Shorts
Thursday, Dec. 11 - Starlight City Dress
Along with the blog tour there is an amazing giveaway going on for you all to enter:
Here is the Giveaway Info:
$25 from Owl and Drum Sew very Modern (LIKE on Facebook entry, Follow on Instagram entry)
$25 from Bobbie Lou Fabric Factory (Follow on Instagram entry)
$25 from Imagine Gnats (LIKE on Facebook entry, Follow on Instagram entry)
Finally Jess from Lil Luxe Collection is starting a Monthly pattern of choice giveaway. Every month she will choose one winner from her Instagram followers. Followers must tag @jessbluxe with their Lil Luxe Collection pattern creation. A winner will be chosen every first of the month Starting with January 1, 2015.
So with those formalities out of the way all that remains is for me to say go forth and read, be inspired, shop, sew and have a fabulous holiday season.