There’s a beautiful sweater knit currently folded on my cutting table for a Toaster Sweater by Sew House 7. I really wanted to sew it up next, but sometimes special circumstances happen altering my plans. We receieved a note last week notifying us that our daughter will be receiving an award at her schools award ceremony the following Friday. My daughter has been doing especially well at school this year and I’m super proud of her. She was also recently recommended for her schools gifted program. Seriously, who is this kid?! We’re really proud of her and I wanted to reward her for all her hard work. I figured she was deserving of a new dress for the award ceremony.
Usually, I buy fabrics for a particular project, but in this case I had to use leftovers in my stash. I only had a few days to sew up the dress and I wasn’t sure I would get new fabric in time. When I was in California, I could always count on Harts Fabric to get my fabric within 2-3 days. I haven’t found an East Coast online fabric company yet that gets fabric out within a day or 2. Please let me what I’m missing, because I know they exist! After about an hour of digging through my stash, I decided on this beautiful Michael Miller Veranda floral in graphite and a Kaufman Oxford Yarn Dyed Large Stripe in Blue. Since I had to use something in my stash, I chose my fabric prior to deciding on the pattern. Once I decided on the fabric, I knew I wanted to work with the stripes on the bodice. I began searching for a girls dress pattern with some fun seams I could play with.
The Lil Luxe Collection Saumur Dress was just what I was looking for. I love the princess seams on the front and back of the bodice and the pleated skirt is a welcome change from the usual gathered skirt in girls dress patterns. I had some leftover white pom pom trim from the City Gym Shorts I had made my daughter a couple summers ago. The trim would accent those seam lines on the bodice perfectly. I had never sewn up a Lil Luxe Collection pattern before, but I’ve been really anxious to try one for quite some time. My daughter is already a size 8 in height, so I don’t have much time left! This pattern only goes up to a size 10.
As soon as I pulled up the download for the tutorial, I knew I was going to love this pattern company. The graphics for the tutorial are the best I have ever seen for a pattern. I’m a really visual person and I appreciate good graphics. I loved that they use a floral print to identify the right side of the fabric and a grey to identify the wrong side. Am I the only one who constantly forgets which side the grey is and which side the white is when following a sewing tutorial?
As far as putting the pattern together, everything came together beautifully. This pattern doesn’t create shortcuts that skimp on the quality of the garment. There’s a lot of handstitching to close off the lining and personally, I really appreciate that. I often handstitch parts of my garments because I care about the guts of my make just as much as the outside. I think this would be a great pattern for a beginner sewist whose ready to take their skills up a notch. The little details are all there and the directions are very clear to take you step by step.
In order to get this dress finished in time for my daughter’s award ceremony, I stayed up super late. Like, 4:30 in the morning late. I often have nights till midnight when sewing, with an occasional 2am night, but I haven’t pulled an all nighter since my college days. Exhaustion set in and I struggled a bit with putting in the invisible zipper. I prefer to order my zippers online through Zipit on Etsy, but I wasn’t sure if I would get my zipper in time for this project, so I purchased one at JoAnn’s. For some reason I really struggle getting my zipper to be really invisible with their brand of zipper. I’m no where near an expert when it comes to inserting an invisible zipper. However, I don’t seem to have difficulties with the brand of zipper I purchase through ZipIt. Yet, I always struggle with my stitch catching in the zip teeth when sewing up the brand sold at JoAnn’s. Perhaps, it’s just a coincidence. I’m really not sure. Does anyone else notice a difference with brands? Anyways, my seams along the back zip match perfectly, but my zipper is not invisible. Sigh… I can always go back and fix it if I’m super ambitious. Who am I kidding? That’s not going to happen!
We took these photos at Government Island, just a 15 minute drive from our home. Government Island is a 17-acre piece of land that was a quary in the 18th and 19th centuries. The site was a source for Aquia sandstone for many buildings in our nations capital, including the White House. My daughter is super interested in learning about our nations history at this time and we couldn’t possibly live in a better place for her to learn. She was fascinated by these huge rocks and enjoyed putting her fingers along the markings on the stone left by the tools used to excavate the rock.
We have lived here in Northern Virginia now for 7 months. In that time we have barely touched on all the places we want to visit. I’m from the Northwest, so all this history out here on the east coast is new to me. I find it incredibly fascinating and really want to take it all in. My daughter is old enough to enjoy it. However, my boys are more interested in climbing the rocks than learning about them. I know I’ll regret it if we don’t visit more places though. Hopefully, I take the time to see more in the next couple years we are here!
Pattern: Lil Luxe Collection Saumur Dress
Fabrics: Michael Miller Veranda floral in graphite and Kaufman Oxford Yarn Dyed Large Stripe in Blue with white pom pom trim