the Georgia Vintage Dress is a classic collared-and-sashed dress available in sizes 6m to 10 years, with loads of options – there’s a flutter sleeve, contrast bib, overskirt, piping, all sorts of ways to customize and play with fabric and make it your own. i made a sleeveless View D – my dress has the bib (I wanted to add piping!) but it’s made out of the main fabric. i wanted to take a very vintage-style dress and make it look sleek and modern.
the biggest challenge (fun challenge) that i had, and why i signed up for the tour in the first place, is because Lindsay’s style and mine differ quite a bit, and i wanted to try something new! it’s fun to stretch and grow, and i wanted make a Cottage Mama dress that also looked like my style. while this dress is “fancier” than most of Em’s everyday dresses, i really love it…and because this girl loooooves fancy, she loves it too!
the fabric is Twinkle Twinkle in Teal from Constellations by Lizzy House, probably one of my favorite lines EVER, which, until now, i’ve mostly hoarded. i probably got mine at Bolt, but it might’ve been Fabric Depot. i paired it with a moda bella light robin’s egg blue for the flat piping and kona white for the collar and sash, and added moon buttons…
well you can’t really tell, but the buttons have sort of a swirly tan inlay and look like moons. trust me.
i made a 3T bodice but cut the skirt between the 4T and 5T length (17.5″) because Em seems to be shooting up in height lately. she actually ate an entire (home-grilled) cheeseburger for dinner last night, which she has never done before in her life, so i think a growth spurt is happening. i also cut the skirt a bit wider, as two panels 40″ wide each, because i wanted it pleeeeenty twirly.
it was my first Cottage Mama pattern and it was really good. i learned some new techniques i’ll have to use again (how the bib and sash are constructed, the shape of the collar – it’s cool stuff). one note – i THINK the chest measurement on the size chart might actually be the finished measurement, but Lindsay’s checking into it. the chart would’ve had me sew an 18m/2T bodice but I cut the 3T anyway and it fits great, just the right amount of growing room. didn’t want to make that bodice too small!
oh i also left the ends of the sash square, just thought it’d look nice with the collar shape. she’s wearing a pettiskirt (this skirt) underneath this dress, and some “twirling shorts” too.
check out the Georgia Vintage Dress and ALL of Lindsay’s patterns in her shop, it’s been a fun blog tour so far! i especially love Caila’s polka dot version of the Miss Matilda Dress and Stef’s kitty cat version of the Daphne Wrap Dress!
not sure if she’s doing ballerina hands or praying here…
thanks so much for having me along on the tour, Lindsay!
DISCLOSURE: i was given the Georgia Vintage Dress pattern for free as a part of the blog tour. my opinions are my own!