Pattern tours are fun, right?
I love the fact that you get the chance to see the same pattern in so many different styles – It’s a wonderful source of inspiration and, of course, you get to see how the pattern really looks like before you actually buy it
A couple of weeks ago, lovely Suz from Sewpony (which you may recall form the fantastic when we were young series) contacted me in order to see if I was interested in joining a pattern tour for her new pattern: The Debbie dress.
You know me, so I jump right at the opportunity
Suz got the inspiration for the Debbie’s dress from one Marcel Marlier’s books – Debbie’s Birthday Party (here we call it “Anita e a Festa de Anos”) which were one of my favorite books when I was a child (PS: they still are, but I tell everyone I’m collecting them for my daughter).
(Did you also know that Marcel Marlier was Belgian? Remember Kids Clothes Belgian Style? Simple lines in vibrant hues. He’s one of my favorite children illustrators and I can’t get enough of his work).
I love vintage patterns and somehow Suz managed to capture this feeling into her pattern. Her instructions are quite detailed and the pattern is very easy to follow (there are no buttonholes or zippers, so this would also be a great pattern for a beginner).
Another bonus is that we get 2 versions of the same dress and they are both equally lovely. It was difficult to select one (I will need to make the other version soon) but I based my choice on the fact that I wanted a dress that could be layered into fall. For the pattern tour I choose View A and I love it.
Due to the vintage feel of the dress, I wanted a basic print that would showcase the details and the front trim.
I ended up picking a print from the Ladies’ Stitching Club fabric line (I haven’t seen much of these prints, but they are lovely and sew so beautiful. I used another print from this line here) and I really think it’s a great print for this pattern. I sew a size 6 and there’s still some room to grow (which, as you know, always makes me smile!).
The dress features a classic a-line (cute and very comfortable to wear) and view A has a separate bodice and trim and as far as I can see it this will be perfect for layering during the cooler months.
I immediately imagined a navy corduroy or wool version been worn with a long sleeve tee and ribbed wool tights (already on my sewing list). Cozy!
I’m pretty sure this pattern will get a lot of use around here: it’s a good basic pattern, it has a great fit and it can be worn for many different occasions (like a birthday party, lol).
Of course, being a “Debbie’s dress” it was quite easy to convince my girl to model it. Nevertheless, as you would imagine, it was difficult to persuade her not to include her favorite Debbie’s book in EVERY photo (pss. she’s pretending she can read it. Hilarious because she already knows the story by heart) …
If you managed to find some time, do take a look at all the other lovely recreations of this pattern. I’m sure you will love them.
And until the end of this pattern tour, Suz is offering a 20% discount on this pattern. Just type BLOGTOUR1 at the checkout on sewpony store.
Thank you so much for having me in, Suz!!