Sprouting JubeJube’s Secret Garden Dress Tour is kicking off today and Golden Rippy is proud to be a part of it!
This dress is so fun and fancy. I immediately fell in love with the cascading back and my fingers were itching to sew it up. 🙂 I think it took about 5 hours to sew. I was trying to sew quietly so I wouldn’t wake up the kids and I was binge watching some shows on Netflix again. There is a good amount of handstitching…coughcough…but I fudged it a little and managed to do it completely with machine. That’s what happens when your kids take your pin cushion that had all your hand needles on it…dang, I still can’t find it. Hah.
Here’s my little modifications to it. I did a regular zipper, even though it calls for an invisible zipper. I tacked the bow on the back with my machine. I ironed the pleats when I was happy with them. I tried to raise the back up a little but it wouldn’t fit over her head, so I just went with the pattern…and I love how it turned out! It wasn’t too low or anything! 🙂
Tips for sewing it:
READ the instructions through… a couple times before you try to sew it. I was scratching my head a few times because there were some new techniques I haven’t seen before. READ READ READ.
Pick some fun colors and have fun! If you have a print on the outside, tone down the underskirt with a coordinating solid, but play up the cascade with bold contrasting pop of color!
Don’t attempt to change the neckline unless you are adding buttons down the back or moving the zipper to the back. You need that extra cut-out so that there head fits through. 😉
Overall, this was a real fun dress to make. I would call it advanced for most home seamstresses. But if you’re confident in your sewing abilities and looking for a challenge. this turns out amazing. Jump right in and start sewing your little one a Secret Garden Dress! It also has a simple version without the cascade that would be suitable for all levels of sewing. You can get your copy in the shop here.
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