Several months ago, I had the privledge to be a pattern tester for Sew Much Ado when she was testing the Airdrie Bag. I had so much fun in the process and use my bag everyday now. When Abby contacted me about being a tester again for her newest pattern, the Magrath dress, I jumped at the opportunity. The Magrath dress is a woven pattern for girls with so many options. There are 3 different sleeve length options, 3 options for the bodice and the garment can be sewn up in dress length or tunic length. I tested the short sleeve dress option in View A. View A has the sweetest sweetheart yoke and a back yoke with a deep curved v encasing an exposed zipper. The bodice is lined , so there are no exposed seams against your little girls chest.
Pattern: Magrath Dress
Designer: Sew Much Ado
Materials:Robert Kaufman Dotted Chambray, Textured Lace in Rosey Pink, White Cotton Lawn and Hot Pink Zipper with Brass Teeth
I sewed up this dress using a chambray fabric with raised threaded white polka dots by Robert Kaufman and a pale pink lace underlined with a white lawn. The chambray material has a great hand and drapes beautifully. I’m slightly concerned about how the threaded polka dots will hold up. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have quite a few loose white threads after a couple months of wear. I’ll just have to be sure to keep on eye on it every time I prep it to wash. The lace overlay turned out beautiful. I took the time to hand baste it to the white lawn, so everything layed flat and smooth. Working with lace in the winter had some challenges. My hands are a bit dry this time of year and I found they were often sticking to the lace as I was working with it. I just brought a bottle of lotion into my sewing area and lotioned up my hands every 10 minutes or so and that got rid of the problem.
The dress went together so smoothly. I can be especially picky with sleeve patterns, but these sleeves went together perfectly and layed nice a smooth with no gathers. The yokes on the front and back of the bodice are not sewn right sides together, but rather are topstiched on. If you look closely at the photo with the front detail you will see what I am talking about. I really liked this approach. It made the process super easy and the finished result creates a nice point at the center dip.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this pattern and I’m so in love with the version I sewed up for my little girl. She has the perfect dress for her daddy/daughter Valentine’s Day date. The Magrath Dress is being released today and on sale for a limited time! I highly recommend this pattern, so go make a little girl happy and sew one up yourself!