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  • Jasmine

February 20, 2018

It was time to try something new.  Rumor has it that Violette Fields makes some great patterns, so I decided to try one.  A customer asked me to make something for her oldest daughter, so I decided to try the Blithe Dress.  It had long been on my "to-do-list" for my daughter who is now 11.  

I know......before I turned around she was growing into a teenager.   Time has just flown.  Anyways, I fell in love with this pattern the moment it was released.  And I should mention that this pattern comes in all kinds of sizes - which I love.  Thank you Violette Fields.

The Blithe pattern is really gorgeous, and very well put together.  I own a ton of patterns, and I rarely sew them.  Ha.  I enjoy reading them, and learning about new ideas and great sewing tips from other seamstresses, but I rarely use them.  I use Frankenpatterns (and if you don't know what that is, then I suggest you google the term).


I am so happy that I got the opportunity to sew this dress. It was fun, and I really enjoyed all the details.  The petal sleeves are beautiful.  LOVE.  I will most likely use that in some of my future Frankenpatterns.  

The directions were well written.  I did wish several times that the author had written seperate instructions for the different types of skirts she referenced, but I was happy for all of the information given to the customers.  Very considerate.  I absolutely loved the yoke in this pattern.  Great idea for avoiding bulky waistbands.

I am not a big fan of zippers unless they are hidden, so I redid the back of this pattern to include buttons.  I also do not like to apply zippers in children's clothing under the age of 5.  It is an old fashioned point of view, but my daughter still complains about her hair getting caught in hooks and zippers. 




In conclusion, I would definitely recommend buying this pattern.  My daughter is wearing a size 8.  I also made a size 4 and a size 16.  I will let you know if they fit.  My daughter's dress fit perfectly. 

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Sizing Chart











NB 16-17in. -  41-43cm 11in - 28cm
3MOS 17-18in - 44-46cm 12in - 31cm
6MOS 18-19in - 46-48cm 13.5in - 35cm
12MOS 20in - 51cm 16in - 41cm
18MOS 20.5in - 52cm 17in - 43cm
2T 21in - 53cm 19in - 48cm
3T 22in - 56cm 20.5in - 52cm
4T 22.5in - 57cm  22in - 56cm
5 23in - 58cm  23.6in - 60cm
6 24in - 61cm 25in - 63.5cm
7 25in - 63.5cm 27in - 69cm
8 26in - 66cm  28in - 71cm
10 28in - 71cm 29.5in - 75cm
12 30in - 76cm 31in - 79cm