A First Day Dress for Mini Me

Friday, April 17, 2015

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While going through my fabric stash, I came across a yard of fabric I bought for making a dress or top for mini. I knew I wanted to use The First Day Dress pattern by Dana Made It, but wasn't sure which garment to make from the pattern - it includes several variations. The peplum top, an a-line top, or an a-line dress. Flutter sleeves or no flutter sleeves? A front faux button placket or no buttons?

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Ultimately, I chose to consult with mini about the style she wanted. She chose the a-line dress and no flutter sleeves. Easy- peasy! The last garment I made her was from this pattern, except it was the twirl dress. It is so adored that the fabric is fading from so much wash and wear. That makes a mama feel good - to know something sewn with care is so loved by her little one.

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No detail is left out in any of the variations. All the instructions and photos are very easy to follow. With four pattern options, plus sleeve variations - this pattern is such a good value! I'm excited to make a peplum top and an a-line top, too. I'll definitely be reaching for this pattern for years to come. Oh, the pattern recommends woven fabric, but I opted for knits and I didn't find that I needed to modify anything, but I did opt to use my serger for most of the seams. The fabric is Organic Sunrise Knit by Monaluna from the Raaga collection. For the lining I use organic white cotton knit.

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