Hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend.
I confess the good weather is making a huge difference in my mood. I do feel more energetic and wanting to make all the dresses to wear during Summer.
Today I will be sharing a dress I made recently using a pattern from a new pattern brand, the Stitchmaiden. This new German PDF Sewing Patterns brand is formed by two ladies and their patterns have a lovely touch of vintage.
As you might have noticed, I do like a touch of vintage! For that reason, I was quite curious about this new pattern brand. The patterns looked so beautiful however, I did not know much about the patterns and how good would they be. For that reason, when Stitchmaiden kindly got in touch with me asking if I would like to try one of their patterns, I said yes, of course. I must add that picking one pattern was not an easy task. I was very indecisive… In the end, I chose the Bluebell dress.
Now, the Bluebell dress is inspired by Alice in Wonderland nonetheless, I believe it looks wonderful in today’s world just as well. Afterall, don’t we all need a bit of magic in our lives?
Back to the pattern, it is available in sizes 34 to 46 (European size) and offers quite a few options. Three sleeve options, two collar options or no collar at all, shoulder ruffles (or not), two different skirt lengths with or without ruffles at the bottom. Oh, and pintucks are an option as well. The options are plenty to make it your own.
For this version, I opted for the pintucks (of course!), peter pan collar, sleeve from view A and as for the skirt I made view B however, took about 7 cm from the length (this pattern was designed for 168cm height).
Regarding the sizing, I started with size 34 based on my measurements however, my measurements are a couple of centimetres less and for that reason, I decided to do a toile of the bodice first as I thought I might need to make adjustments. After the toile, I took about a couple of centimetres from each side of the bodice. I am quite happy with the fit and still have some ease so, the bodice is fitted but very comfortable to wear. I must add that I really like how the bodice fits! Actually, a blouse with a similar fit and design would be so pretty.
As for the fabric, I used a beautiful linen from The Fabric Store bought a couple of years ago. This is my second dress using this exact fabric!
The details do take time and a bit more effort but, it makes a garment look so much more special and it is totally worth it. I think the photos show well the lovely details and how much I like this dress!
The making of the dress went uneventful (except for my own silly mistakes… I guess we all have those days) and the instructions are detailed, clear and helpful. I quite liked the techniques used and you can see there was care in the making of this pattern. Also, you have the option to print with or without the seam allowance. In short, I will happily use Stitchmaiden patterns again.
Please note, this pattern was gifted to me however, the opinion is my own and is totally honest.