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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Cottage Mama Pattern Tour: Miss Matilda Dress

My dear, talented friend, Lindsay aka The Cottage Mama, recently released four new patterns in both pdf and paper formats.  If you're not familiar with Lindsay's work, let me tell you, you are missing out! Lindsay has a knack for not only designing classic children's clothing, but she knows how to combine modern fabrics and trims in a way like no other!

I was fortunate to test one of her latest dress patterns, The Miss Matilda Dress and Top PDF Pattern, for Ella, and this dress has quickly become a favorite at my house!  I just love this picture of her. She looks like such a little lady!

Disclaimer:  The pattern was provided free of charge to me in exchange for testing it; however, all opinions stated in this post are 100% my own.

The Miss Matilda Dress and Top Pattern has a very classic style and is a well written pattern accompanied by lots of color photos and excellent instructions.  The final product definitely looks like a boutique design.  

I tested a size 5 of View A of the dress which includes the full ruffle around the neckline and down one side of the button placket on the bodice plus the attached sash.  

However, the pattern includes two other options:  View B is for a top with only a neck ruffle and sash while View C is for a dress with no ruffles.  Plus all views can easily be embellished with trims and piping to make the piece even more unique.

I agree with Lindsay's difficulty rating that a confident beginner could accomplish this, and for an experienced sewer, it only takes an afternoon to complete from start to finish.

Ella reports that this dress is very comfortable and makes her feel good when she wears it.  I think she looks sophisticated and quite beautiful.

The fabrics I used are all cotton, but I could not find the selvedge of the floral print to tell you what it is. The lilac and pink with a touch of blue/green is very sweet and reminds me an Easter dress!

For Fall, I think I'll make the View B version top without any ruffles to pair with capris or pants.  I really like the top test versions everyone made.

Be sure to check out Lindsay's shop to purchase either the pdf or paper versions of all her patterns. Below are the links to the newest pdf patterns in The Cottage Mama Shop.

Hope you'll decide to follow along the Cottage Mama Pattern Tour and visit all the other lovely bloggers that are sewing up these wonderful patterns!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll continue to follow along on my sewing journey!

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  1. I love it! the fabrics you chose are beautiful, love the color combination :)


  2. What a beautiful dress on a gorgeous child! The large floral fabric is enhanced by your use of the pretty pink contrast fabric and the tiny rick rack. Wonderful!

  3. Thank you SO much for being part of this tour and thank you for your kind words.......I really appreciate it, Veronica! I absolutely love this dress.......the colors your chose and the trim detail is such a unique addition and adds almost a placket effect to the front. Your daughter is gorgeous and she looks like she feels special in her dress. I cannot wait to meet you next week. Yay!! Thanks again :)

    1. You are very welcome, Lindsay, and I appreciate your sweet words as well as your confidence in me to test for you! It was so much fun, and I have enjoyed getting to know others in the testing group. Ella really does love this dress, and I already have fabrics picked out for the top I plan to make! Looking forward to seeing you soon, too!

  4. Love how feminine the dress is. Great job!

  5. This is such a beautiful dress - I love the print and the feminine details you added to the front bodice.
    She looks so proud :-)

  6. that smile! She is getting so big, I love this dress!

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