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Lil Luxe Collection Zephyr Top

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The past 3 garments I’ve sewn up for my daughter have been Lil Luxe Collection patterns. I’m completely obsessed. Not all patterns are created equally and these are by far some of the best for girls. When I found out Lil Luxe needed a few more testers for their newest pattern, I jumped at the opportunity. The Zephyr crop top is an older pattern of Lil Luxe Collection that has been updated to match their current sizing with a dress version as well. The dress version combines woven fabric with leather. I’m seriously considering using it for my daughter’s Easter dress, but I’m still undecided.

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Girls Rayon Deer Stamped Dress

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Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

Awhile back I sewed up a Joel Dewberry rayon dress for my daughter. The pattern was a self drafted one, slightly altered from a top I had made her for St. Patrick’s Day. This time, I added sleeves and changed the shape of the back bodice slightly. I’ve been thinking about this dress since I ordered this great deer rayon from Hart’s Fabric last spring. The material is an Ella Moss design, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere at this time. When I ordered the fabric I thought it was going to be a lighter cream, bordering more on ivory. However, the material is more of a winter cream that I thought would be better suited on a dress with sleeves for the fall or winter. We’re getting close to fall, even though we’re still having 100 degree days here. So, I finally got the motivation to work on this dress.

On a recent road trip, I was passing through Portland, so I stopped by the Pendleton Woolen Mills store. They sell a lot of their wool by the yard in their store. They have huge rolls of their wool you can purchase by the yard at one price and then on tables they have pre-cut pieces at a discount rate. The pieces range from 1 yard to 3 yard cuts. I was really dreaming of a black and white design to make a throw blanket, but unfortunately all of those designs only had 1 yard cuts and I was too cheap to pay full price. I did however, pick up a yard of this beautiful colorful design I used on the shoulders of this dress. I’m dreaming of making a clutch with it later and adding some scraps to some fun little projects.

I’m pretty happy with the end result of this dress, but it didn’t come together as smoothly as most of my projects. First, I originally had no intention of underlining the deer material, but after cutting out all the pieces, I realized the fabric was too see through for a dress for a little girl. I figured I could find a cream rayon challis to underline the dress, but after hours of searching online I hadn’t found anything. I ended up using a cream poly lining I got from JoAnn’s. It’s quite a bit heavier than I would have preferred, causing the dress to have quite a different look than my original intention. But, better than my little girl showing everyone her panties!

Then, I made a mistake putting the dress together. Somehow, I managed to put the back skirt panel upside down. The sad thing is, I didn’t realize my error till after I had gathered and attached the skirt to the bodice. I used french seams on the skirt and the deer material sheds like crazy, so there was no way I was going to bring out the seam ripper on this mistake. Luckily, the fabric isn’t directional and I had enough length to fix up the hem to make it look like I didn’t make a mistake. 

Have you ever sewn up a garment and been relieved it was finally done? This has definitely been one of those garments for me. But, my little girl loves it and really, look how cute she is in this dress. All those little hiccups; totally worth it!

Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

Rayon deer stamped dress with scraps of Pendleton wool on shoulders

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