Friday, January 25, 2013

Sweetheart Dress and a Giveaway!


Today I'm sharing this playful dress I made for Ella using the Sweetheart Dress Pattern from Luvinthemommyhood.  Update:  To see the second Sweetheart Dress I made, click here.


Isn't it just adorable?  And it's absolutely perfect to wear for Valentine's Day which will be here before we know it!



This pattern is professionally written and full of excellent illustrations and photographs to easily guide you through the entire construction process.  It's one of the best pdf patterns I've found so far.  I would rate it appropriate for a confident beginner sewer.

The pattern includes a size chart for sizes 2T-6T that I found to be extremely helpful in determining the size that would best fit my Ella.  Ella's height and chest measurements were right in the middle of a 4T and 5T, but her waist was more like a 4T.  In the end, I decided to go with the 5T.  I feel like the fit was spot on for the length and chest, but the waist is a tad big (and I knew it would be since I went with the larger size).  I'm not worried about it though!  Overall, I'm very pleased with the fit and look on her.  She loves it and should be able to wear it this year and next year as well!



Months ago, Ella and I bought this sweet, edgy fabric on the clearance aisle at Joann's.  Ella loves anything with hearts and pink and purple, so there was no way she would let me leave the store without some!  It's a nice cotton twill that was easy to sew and worked well for the Sweetheart Dress Pattern. For Ella's 5T version, the pattern called for 1 3/8 yard of the main fabric and 1/2 yard for the bodice lining.  I even had enough of it left over to make a new set of hot pads for me and Ella (get the tutorial here).

I used some quilting weight cotton that color coordinates with the main heart skull fabric.


The pattern has three pieces and then a measurement chart for cutting out the skirt rectangle, so there is no piecing and taping together sheets of paper!  Just print and cut them out and you are ready to go!

I remember when I first saw this dress on Luvinthemommyhood, I thought it would be tricky to make the heart cutout in the back, but it was anything but that!  Shannon's pattern instructions made adding this detail a piece of cake (or actually a heart)!  And I learned a new way to make a lined bodice for a dress!  I love learning new sewing tricks and methods.  Don't you?

Ella striking a pose!
I will say that I found it a little tricky sewing together the fabric after I cut out the heart per the pattern instructions.  Even though I had the fabric sufficiently pinned together, the fabric was flimsy and difficult to manage.  I think the next time I make the dress I'll trace the entire heart out and sew around it with the seam allowance before cutting out the heart shape. To me, I think that might be easier.  I know this may sound a little confusing, but once you see the pattern, I think you'll understand what I mean.

I try to avoid buttonholes when possible, so normally, I would use a fabric loop for the button closure.  But this time, I decided to try Shannon's tutorial on how to make a hand sewn loop using embroidery thread for the button closure.  It took me four tries to make it the right length and nice looking!


I'm glad I tried it because I learned another sewing trick that I'm sure I will use all the time now!  Of course, you can make a fabric loop instead, and the pattern instructs you when to sew it in if you go that route.

I used a covered button for the closure using a 3/4" button and the lining fabric.  I wish they still made these covered button kits the way they did back in my grandmother's day.  I found a few in her stash, and they are so much easier to use because no tools or plastic pieces are needed!  The old ones have teeth around the back edge of the button that grip the fabric and a back that just snaps into place.  With these new kits, I sometimes have a difficult time getting the back on without the use of a hammer, and then I'm afraid I'm going to smash my thumb or finger!  Anyway, sorry to get sidetracked about covered buttons!

This Sweetheart Dress was such a quick sewing project--only a couple of hours if you don't count the time it took me to get the hand sewn loop just right!  And the best part, Ella absolutely loves it!


This is the type of dress that can easily be dressed up or down, and this version is definitely a play dress!  Great for running, jumping, twirling, and climbing.


She wore it three times the week I made it despite the chilly weather outside. I know I'll be making more Sweetheart Dresses in the near future. In fact, I may have already made a second one!

If you want to make your little Valentine her own Sweetheart Dress, then here's your chance.  Two lucky sewVery readers will each receive their very own copy of the Sweetheart Dress pattern from Shannon at Luvinthemommyhood!  To enter, follow the instructions below.  The winners will be announced here on Wednesday, January 30th!

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Of course, you can always go ahead and purchase the pattern from Shannon at Luvinthemommyhood!  You'll be glad you did!

Oh, and just to clarify things, this review is 100% my own.  Although I received the pattern free of charge as part of a swag gift at Sewing Summit, I was not compensated for my opinion of this pattern.  In fact, I have never been paid for a pattern review!  Have a great day!

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This dress was featured at Threading My Way and The Train to Crazy!  

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45 comments:

  1. The best Valentine I ever received was when my husband had flowers and candy delivered to me at work! Loved it!

    Amanda Kaye Grant
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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    1. Lucky you! Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest!

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  2. I always like the Valentine's cards I get from my mom :)

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    1. Cherish those cards! I have a stack from my mom that make me cry when I reread them. Thanks!

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  3. This dress is just the cutest. I suspect we will be seeing quite a few for V Day and I want in on the action! Oh and my favorite Valentines are handmade cards from my kids when they are little.

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    1. Can't wait to see your version, Justine! I know it will be adorable on your little girl (your things always are)! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  4. I love that fabric you used. And I LOVE that she loves it! My girls would adore one of those. I better not show them these photos or I'll have to make 3 =)

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    1. Oh, you know you need to make them all one! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. My husband isn't that big into Valentine's presents, but my mother always gets me the cutest pair of Valentine's Day socks. I think my favorite (that I still wear!) is a pair of knee socks with puppies and hearts all over it -- haha!

    Thanks for the giveaway! What a cute dress :)

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  6. Cute, cute, cute! Another tip for the loop, I use skinny elastic that you can use for jewelry making for the loop and it even stretches if you need it to. Just be sure and sew the ends inside the seam tightly. So fast & easy. :)

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    1. Thanks, Gale. I've used some elastic cording before for button loops, but I always have had a difficult time getting the machine needle to actually sew through the cording. I don't think my elastic cording was as thin as that used for making jewelry, so I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Isn't it fun?! I bet your girls would like it, too.

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  8. I'd love to try this dress for my lil' niece !

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    1. You should! I'm sure she would love it!

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  9. I would love to win a copy!!! Eva Mae will be in a size 2 pretty soon!!! :)

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  10. This dress is painfully cute! I wish the pattern went up to my size!

    I've never actually gotten a Valentine's gift, but that's okay with me, cause I've never given one either...

    Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win!

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  11. Vey cute. I love the fabric, not too sweet. :)

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  12. Best Valentine gift was a plaster cast of two little hands in the shape of a heart from my granddaughter...way cute :)

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  13. Such a cute dress. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!



    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  14. sew cute! can i make this in my size? i love this. i need to learn how to sew by the time i have kids so i can make them stuff like this!

    thanks for sharing!!

    trish @ tales from ...

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    1. Thanks! Well, if you can crochet, then I bet you can sew. Give it a try!

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  15. Flowers from my husband delivered to work always make valentines so wonderful - I feel so loved and special :)

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  16. My hubby made a trail of rose es to the living room where he had a panda pillow pet waiting for me on the sofa. It was our first v-day married (and I LOVE pandas.)

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  17. What a beautiful dress, Veronica!!! Gorgeous fabric. I don't know that I've ever received a Valentines Day gift... perhaps a card or two.

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  18. altough we do not celebrate valentine...I just can't help but get excited from all the hearty cute options such as this dress.

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  19. I saw this way back when she had as a free tutorial on her webpage and I didn't make it now I am kicking myself but hoping I win the pattern that you guys are so graciously giving away. My husband generally doesn't remember holidays, not even Christmas, but one year he did get me a little bear with a heart and note that said "When I am at work and you miss me give the bear a hug, to remember I am always in your heart", or something like that.

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  20. My husband isn't that big into Valentine's presents. I would like to make this a Valentine present for my granddaughter

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  21. Last year on Valentine's day, we found out our daughter was coming home from the NICU! :)

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  22. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. the dress turned out so lovely! congratulations.

    the best valentine's present I received was a surprise weekend trip.

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  24. Very cute dress, I'd love to have the pattern! Your version is adorable as is the model! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  25. This dress is adorable !!! Flowers are my fav Valentine prescent...Thanks for sharing this pattern and the giveaway!

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  26. The best Valentine's Day gift are the handmade cards from my kids.

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  27. My best valentines was the year I had my first daughter, husband came home with treats for me, chocolate, small gifts and treats for our daughter.

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  28. One year my husband drew me a picture of our kids :) It is a really accurate likeness and it's sweet that he did that.

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  29. the best valentine I've ever received is not a gift or a thing, but the luck to have beside me the same man in these last 20 years ^_^

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  30. My best Valentine's gift is every year that comes and goes and my sweet husband is still by my side. Thanks for the fun contest!

    Kelly

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  31. That is a sweet, sweet dress. I am sorry I missed the giveaway. I found your blog on the Schwin linky party

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  32. Cute dress. I love the choice of fabric!

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  33. This turned out darling. I never mind a little extra room in the dress. It allows her to wear it a bit longer. Especially since she likes it so much!
    Donna @onceuponasewingmachine.com

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  34. This dress is simply beautiful...I see why you made two of them. I love this fabric also...valentine piratey mix...fun! I'm so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!

    TGIF!
    Marilyn

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