Friday, September 19, 2014

Pretty in Peplum Dress {Pattern Tester}

One of my favorite things to do is to test patterns for designers. I love being able to help out others who have the same passion that I do for sewing and I have found that since I have a deadline, I actually finish the projects within a reasonable time frame. If I run into a snag, I work through it instead of setting it aside for later. I thrive under pressure apparently.

 My most recent pattern test was for Abby over at Sew Much Ado. This was my second time testing one of her patterns {first time here} and I was so excited to make this adorable peplum dress for my daughter.

I was looking forward to making this dress for two reasons:  1- It's just beyond adorable and 2- It's entirely made with knit fabric. Somehow, I have managed to never make an outfit from a knit material. I think the idea terrified me.

I am so glad that I was able to overcome my fears and make this cute dress though. A big help was the thoughtful tips for sewing with knit fabrics that Abby included with the pattern. I didn't have any problems at all working the material. And bonus: no need for buttons or zippers! Which is great for little independent girl, who loves to dress herself with no help.

It was also kind of nice to not have the fabric fray or wrinkle. And it gave me a good excuse to buy some fun new accessories for my sewing machine. I used a double needle for the first time and I love how professional it makes all the hemmed edges look.

My daughter absolutely LOVES this dress. It's so comfortable and she felt so grown-up wearing it. After I took my pictures, she refused to take the dress off and wore it the rest of the day. Which is saying a lot since it was August in Texas and the dress has long sleeves. This dress is both comfy and stylish; the perfect combination. {I wish I had more clothes like that.}

The other great thing about this pattern is it's versatility. There are three sleeve lengths {short, 3/4, and long} and you have the option to make a top or a dress. I ended up making both.

For both the dress and the top, I used the 4T width with the 5T length, which fit my slender girl perfectly.

The top is just perfect for the coming fall. I can't wait to pair it with her skinny jeans and boots.

This pattern is available in sizes 18-24 months on up to 12 and it available on Etsy for instant download.

I am beyond thrilled with how my latest pattern test turned out. I was able to expand my sewing skills while making two awesome new items for my daughter's fall wardrobe, both of which she loves.

No wonder I love pattern testing so much!

Linking up with:


  1. I love love love how her dressed turned out! And how she styled it! So cute!

  2. She is so precious! And that fabric is so perfect for the dress, it turned out so beautiful! Thank you for all your help!!!

  3. Love the pearls! I have posted one of your pictures on my Facebook page, Aging Well for Women. Come and see!

    1. Oh cool! Thank you! She does love to style herself with her pearls. ;)

  4. Just love the dress!!! And the top is great with the two tones!

  5. sieht echt gut aus ! --- habe mich nur gefragt ab das Kindgerecht ist ? lg beate

  6. Where can I get this pattern from? I love it!

    1. Hey Laura! I'm so glad you like this's still one of my daughter's favorites! You can purchase it from Etsy:
      Hope this helps!