I was lucky enough to test two Wee Muses Sewing Patterns before (by Anneliese from the Aesthetic Nest), here and here, and it was such an happy surprise to be able to test the new pattern: The Prairie Rose set.
According to Anneliese’s this pattern was inspired by the strong women who rode horses with the men and defended their homes on the wind blown prairie, but also kept the floors swept, loved a pretty new dress, and laid out a gingham tablecloth for supper.
Nevertheless, and because we live closer to the ocean than the prairie, I was immediately captivated by the Bohemian look of this pattern – I was pretty sure it would make a beautiful set for a picnic by the beach or a walk by the seaside.
Of course, the fact that we’re now heading to winter (it’s chilly outside) doesn’t help, so my idea of a white Prairie Rose set will have to wait a bit more 🙂
So, here’s what I come up with (fabric is a cotton chambray in strawberry):
I got to test the dress version and because this dress was designed with a generous ease, I decided to based the size selection on my girl’s chest measurement – I didn’t wish the dress to be too loose on her since I knew she would want to wear this now (and not when the warmer weather arrives).
As a result, my dress is a little shorter than the original pattern (if the selection is based on the recipient’s height, the dress should hit just bellow the knee).
My favorite part of this dress is the neck ruffle – truly girly and feminine.
To be honest I was a bit concern when I saw the pattern (it does looks so elaborated) and yet, it was such a breeze to make. There are quite a few details (ruffles and elastic casings) but I really shouldn’t be intimidated – Aneeliese’s instructions provide clear, step-by step guidance. Truly a pleasure to sew.
The Prairie Rose Set pattern (pdf instant download) also includes quite a few pieces (which are great wardrobe builders): The Prairie Rose Blouse, The Prairie Rose Dress, The Prairie Rose Maxi Skirt and The Prairie Rose Pants and comes in a wide range of sizes from 18 months to 8 years.
The Prairie Rose Set pattern is now available for purchase and Anneliese is having a Thanksgiving promotion in her Etsy shops for 20% off anything and everything.
xx Ana Sofia