Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Darling Daisy Top and Ruched Edge Shorts + Giveaway

My friend, Melissa, from the blog Sew Like My Mom has dipped her toe into the pdf pattern design making pool and developed the Darling Daisy Dress Pattern.  This is one that you'll definitely want to own.


When the pattern first debuted a few weeks ago, I knew this style would be perfect for my very active little one to wear for play dates in the hot, southern sun!  I'm so glad that Melissa offered to let me try out her new pattern!

I had every intention of making a two-tiered dress for Ella, but after I attached the first tier and had her try it on for fit, I fell in love with it as a top!  I decided instead to just hem the bottom and then make her a cute pair of matching shorts with the fabric I planned to use for the bottom tier.


Let me just say I am in love with this outfit!  The Darling Daisy Dress Pattern couldn't be simpler, and because of the different tiers, you can obviously make a variety of looks like a top, a dress, or even a maxi dress with this one pattern!  Melissa's technique for adding the ruched neckband was a cinch, and resulted in the perfect fit!



For the top above, I used the sizing chart as my guide to compare to Ella's measurements and decided to go with a size 6.

The bodice of this top could easily be monogrammed for a personal touch or embellished with buttons like I added.  Since the front and back are identical, the buttons also help make it easy for Ella to know the front from the back when she is getting dressed by herself.


For the shorts, I used a basic Butterick shorts pattern (Butterick B4503 View E) that I have used many times before when I want to jazz up a design.  For instance, I've used this several times with my Scalloped Edge Shorts Tutorial!

I cut out the fabric according to the shorts pattern (but did shorten them a little at the shorten/lengthen line) and assembled them per the pattern instructions.  I then decided to add ruching to the edge of the shorts using this simple tutorial I found over at Daisy Chain Creations.


I will be using this tutorial on lots of other pieces (including tops, pants, you name it) in the future for sure!


Don't you think the ruched edging on the shorts ties the outfit together since the neckline of the Darling Daisy Top has that ruched effect?


To make the two pieces look even more like an ensemble, I sewed a matching button on the top of the ruched edging on the shorts.  It also add a little pop of color.


And I couldn't be more pleased with the fit of the shorts, too.



If you are wondering why Ella looks a little nervous, it's because mosquitoes were after her!

If you'd like you hand at making a similar top or maybe an adorable dress using the Darling Daisy Dress Pattern by Sew Like Your Mom, then you are in luck!  Melissa has graciously offered up one copy of her pattern for a sewVery reader!  Just be sure to enter below.

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But if you just can't wait until the contest is over and want to get started on your own outfit right away, then grab a copy of the Darling Daisy Dress Pattern in her shop HERE!  You'll be glad you did!

Thanks again, Melissa, for providing me with the pattern to try out!  Now to find some more cute coordinating fabrics in my stash to make another great summer outfit!

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36 comments:

  1. I would make a dress! Melamom at juno dot com

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  2. What a sweet outfit :) Isn't it funny how we plan on making one thing and then fall in love with something a little different :) Top and shorts sounds like a great option for a little active person to wear and enjoy :) Love the fabric combo!

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  3. Adorable!!! I love the fabric pairing! I should have picked up some of that green/pink floral too!

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  4. I think I would make it into a top. Have been on a big dress kick lately for my daughter so a top would be nice too!
    Jess

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  5. The ruffled neckline is a nice detail, congrats to Melissa on her release!


    Mae

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    1. ALSO, my daughter would beg me for a maxi, so i'd definitely be making it. lol


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  6. Adorable! I won this pattern yesterday, & I can't wait to sew it up! Thanks for the tut on the shorts too :)

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  7. I would make a top. This is so cute!

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  8. Very cute. I love maxis, but they just don't seem practical for my busy 5yo. I'd make a top.

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  9. My 5 year old is begging me for a summer maxi dress (I live in the southern hemisphere so winter here!) so that's what I would make!

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  10. I just love this pattern! This would work for a wide variety of ages.

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  11. Very cute...yes might have to give this one a go.

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  12. Very cute, my favorite is top version.

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  13. Cute stuff! My daughter doesn't have a maxi yet, so that is how I would make this pattern :)

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  14. I think I would make a dress and a top!

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  15. My granddaughters would look so cute in a Darling Daisy dress.

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  16. So cute!! my adorable grand daughters would love the Darling Daisy Dress!!

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  17. I would make this as a dress or a top. My little one isn't quite ready for a maxi yet! Maybe next year. :)

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  18. I think I would make a dress first then a top! So cute.

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  19. I think I would start with a top... I have the prefontaine shorts that I'm adding a ruffle to the edge where the bias tape goes... this top would be adorbs with those shorts. :)

    then dresses of various lengths. :)

    tickledpeep@yahoo.com

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  20. Such a cute pattern!! She is adorable in it as well! Thanks!!

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  21. I absolutely love this pattern. I would use it now to make a top for my Granddaughter but for Fall, I think I would need to make a little dress for her.

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  23. I would totally make this as a maxi for my oldest and a top with shorts for my wild baby. I just LOVE this pattern!!!

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  24. What a great pattern. I love the top and shorts combination.

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  25. Cute, cute outfits! Again, I love your fabric choices! Hope the mosquitoes did not get to her :)

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  26. I love this and nice fabric choices too

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  27. So cute! I thought I recognized the fabric and I'm glad you liked the tutorial.

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  28. So cute, love the shorts you paired with it.

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  29. Oh my how super cute is your outfit... It looks like a set you would buy at High end Children's Stores. The top looks easy peasy as does the shorts and your added runches and buttons really tie it ALL TOGETHER CONGRATS!!! MAMA don't you know how bad those skitters are this time of year poor girl.. Looks like she loves her out fit though.. Thanks for sharing!!! Linda Lee

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  30. Adorable!!! Such a great job on the entire outfit!

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