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miss polly blog tour


i’m emerging from my blogging hibernation, rubbing my eyes and blinking in the springtime sun, to share E’s easter dress as part of the blog tour for the new Sew Pony Vintage.  behold her newest pattern, the Miss Polly Dress!

the Miss Polly Dress is a sweet a-line dress pattern with dramatic pockets but an otherwise simple shape.  you have but plenty of chances to customize the look of the dress using various fabric/piping/sleeve combinations, which makes it fun and adaptable to all seasons.

i decided on View B – a cap sleeve with piping details – and kept the body of the dress solid while playing with soft, spring-y colors.  i chose a mauve stretch corduroy from mill end, light lavender piping for the chest seam, pockets, and sleeves, and a lovely Valori Wells Wish voile i’ve been hoarding for a couple years for the pockets and lining.

the dress closes with a robin’s egg blue invisible zipper, and when i went to hem the dress i realized there were no stitches showing anywhere else, so i just had to hand stitch a blind hem to finish it off!

E is nearly 8 and on the small side, but has actually caught up to and even passed a few of her peers in height this year.  she’s still quite slender, though.  her measurements put her between a size 4 and a 5 in chest but a 7 in height, so i went ahead and sewed a size 5 + a bunch of length, which worked out really well i think.

i just love the lines of this dress!

rather than follow the pattern instructions to lengthen the dress, which have you add most of the length at the hem, i used the “slash and spread” method to add 2.5” within the lower third of the dress, deciding a notch around hip/thigh-level was the natural place to add length.  i’m not normally that “proper” with how i add length, but i wanted the dress to retain the intended shape of the pattern, not to become too long and skinny (preventing movement) or too flared (wrong fabric for that).  i really love how it turned out!  the corduroy has just enough structure to it to maintain that a-line shape, but it isn’t too stiff or heavy.

Sew Pony patterns are clear in their instructions and include step by step photos to guide you.  there are options to make this a long sleeved or sleeveless dress, one with shoulder flaps, you can mix and match fabrics…so many choices that i ended up laying about 5 different fabric combinations on my sewing room floor before deciding on this one!  i’m glad i went with this combo in the end – E loves the rainbow and this shade of purple has taken over for pink as her favorite color, so this dress immediately became her go-to dress to wear to “fancy events,” including Easter festivities and birthday parties!

i love the pockets and the peek of that gorgeous voile inside.

the Miss Polly Dress PDF pattern is now available in the Sew Pony Vintage shop!  for the duration of the tour (through April 15), you can get 15% off with the code MISSPOLLY15 – click on over and check it out!

also be sure to visit my tourmates – we are quite the international bunch!  thanks for having me, Suz!

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