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January 19, 2014 3 min read


One of my all time favorite fabric designers is Tanya Whelan.  I think I own every line of fabrics she has designed.  There is just something so girly, vintage, and pretty about her roses that makes me want to hug these fabrics.   So of course, I could not wait to order small quantities from her latest collections .  The fabrics arrived last week, and of course I was faced with the most difficult task of what to create?   This fabric is suitable for so many different options.   From what I hear, I am not the only seamstress who ponders for hours on a suitable pattern.  There are just so many to choose from these days.

I finally decided that I wanted to work with the new Laila pattern from Bodkin.  There is only one reason why I would hesitate to use this pattern, and that is because it only comes in sizes 1-5.  Most of my customers would prefer larger sizes.  I know.   I will have to keep my eyes and ears open for another great looking pattern that is similiar to this one.  I am sure I can find something.  Of course, whether an older girl would really want so many ruffles next to her face is another question.  Maybe I can make a sister dress that is a bit more appropriate for the age group.   Anyhow, I would like to introduce you to the LILY Dress.


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I would have liked Olivia to model this dress this weekend, but she is sick with the stomach flu.  It is really horrible, when our children get sick with that bug.  I just feel so helpless, and I could not sleep at all last night.  Of course, she woke up this morning and was able to retain at least some water, so I feel much better that it was only a 24 hour bug.  She has a slight fever, but it is a long weekend, so hopefully she will be back in school on Tuesday and feeling much better again.  It is her birthday this week, and I would hate her to miss out on any special activities.

I love this pattern.  Yes, it is sort of conservative, but the ruffles add just enough cuteness to make it a great Birthday, special occasion, Easter, or graduation dress.  This dress can definitely be worn throughout the spring and summer months, which is another reason I wanted to get it done as soon as possible.  Plus I needed a break from the Valentines dresses.  Taking a little personal creative time helps me stay focused and keeps me motivated.  I also like trying something new.  It is fun.  The pattern takes a bit longer to finish then my other patterns, and I needed to practice the ruffles a few times, before I felt they looked perfect, but in the end I was very satisfied with the outcome.  The sash was also something different for me, but I loved the large bow in the back of the dress.  I also altered the pattern for buttons instead of using a zipper.  I am sure the next dress will go a lot faster, as is usually the case with any new pattern.  I  also intend to remove the white ruffle on the hem and make it pink.    I will give the customers both options when they order, but I prefer the pink.

I will be posting more of these dresses as I finish them hopefully this week.  The above dress is a size 3 – 22in. chest – and 22.5 in length from shoulder to knee.  This one is of course ready to ship.  I also have a matching hat that I will post in the next coming days, and my mom is working on some more.    I hope you like the dress.