Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Seamingly Smitten A-Line Shift Dress

I've been looking all spring and summer long for a ladies' shift dress pattern. A pattern for me...sort of a go-to dress that I could wear now sleeveless and in the fall with a cardigan. I thought I would find the perfect pattern and whip up one in every fabric I owned. Well, instead I found a girl's version and I am in LOVE! {edit: since writing this, I have since learned that Jenny makes a ladies' shift dress and I am trying the 'kate' pattern out next!!!}.

Seamingly Smitten is a wonderful pattern shop that makes children's and adult patterns. They are pdf patterns that you print at home, tape up, cut, and get sewing! Literally, they are that fast! This dress took about an hour and a half and that included monogramming! Each step is photographed in the file. This dress is a wonderful one for beginners as there are no darts, buttons, button holes, snaps, or facings. It is also reversible, so you get two dresses in one! I made this one for one of Emma Kate's friend to give as a birthday gift and monogrammed the front before I assembled it (if you monogram it after you make the dress, while it will be cute, it won't be reversible).

Emma Kate has a birthday party coming up for a sweet friend who loves mermaids, so we made this dress up for her using some cute mermaid fabric. This pattern only has 4 pieces, two fronts and two backs, which make all seams interior and hidden (no serger needed!). The back is a v-shape to allow for easing it over head and no need for buttons!
Did I mention it was reversible?! Use two coordinating fabrics or two of your favorites...two looks with one dress is genius!

I DO plan on making a few more of these for my girls...how cute will this be in the fall with a jean jacket? In the winter with tights, boots, and a cardigan? 
I can't stand the cuteness! 
Honestly, this was the easiest dress to make, ever. It really consists of side seams and a quick hem. 
Easy~peasey.
You can add a monogram or an appliqué, but it is really adorable just on its own.
The V in the back is such a pretty detail.

Do YOU want to make one up? Jenny Hall of Seamingly Smitten not only is a pattern making genius, but she is generous to boot! She wants to give two readers a pick of 3 patterns!
Let me know if YOU want to win three patterns! Like her on Facebook, comment below, visit her on etsy...get your machine ready and pick your fabric! Winners selected randomly next week.

15 comments :

  1. I love SS patterns. i own a few but would love to win more!

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  2. OMG!I just found Seaming smitten on etsy and have purchased 3 patterns! I LOVE them all! I would love to win!!

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  3. Ashley ScheibelerJuly 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    So adorable I would love to win

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  4. What a lovely dress you made! I'd love to win some new patterns

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  5. HeatherRenee97@yahoo.comJuly 9, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I would love to win!!! I just bought my first SS pattern and I am so ready to sew!!!

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  6. Wow such a great thing to do, I'd love to win as I've not long started making clothes for my daughter :) x

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  7. She makes my favorite PDF patterns. simple and straight forward. I would love to win some patterns. Great post!

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  8. I'd love to try some SS patterns! :)

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  9. I have 3 little girls! I'd love to make them some reversible dresses!!!

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  10. Super cute! Need to break out the sewing machine now that the girls are back in school. Loving how long EK's hair is getting!!

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  11. I love this pattern! So easy & cute. <3

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  12. I would love to win! I love her patterns.

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  13. Great giveaway- thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. tried to comment last week but it didn't post. thank you for showing us to her, she has amazing patterns and I'd love to try my hand at knits and make her cardigan! wow...where do you start in choosing 3?!
    thank you both

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