Saturday, June 15, 2013

pattern review friday: peek-a-boo patterns audrey dress

I swear one of these days I will actually get a pattern review friday post done on a Friday :)  Or maybe not!  Fridays seem to really sneak up on me, and this week was no exception with the girls and I heading off to an out-of-town baby shower last weekend ... which means cleaning the whole house on Monday since the boys left a lovely mess for me.  And then end of the school year activities consumed the rest of my week.  So better late than never (my motto for life!), here's my review of the Audrey Crossover Party Dress by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a tester for this pattern, and Amy was wonderful to work with.  She was quick to answer questions and followed through with revising the pattern based on feedback from her testers.  Sometimes I feel like designers just have testers to say that they did, but Amy was not like that at all :)

The directions for the pattern were incredibly well written, and I would imagine very easy for a beginner to follow.  The pieces fit together very well (which is rather more difficult to come by than one would think) and were well designed.  I made a size 7 for Gracie and was pleased with the fit, although I think the style may be better suited for someone a little younger.  One of these days, I hope to get around to making one for Mae and Mae's baby doll :) since the doll pattern is also included.

I wasn't able to get the best pictures of Gracie since a storm rolled in right as I finished the dress.  And since I don't do anything until the last possible minute, I really needed to take pictures, black sky and all, and get them sent to Amy.  And then, about ten pictures in, I realized I forgot to add the ribbon to the dress, so the first few pictures look a lot like this:

I actually like the dress better without the bow for an older kid, but I prefer to make the pattern as written so I added the bow for the rest of the pictures.  Unfortunately, the sky only got darker, and the pictures did as well.  I tried to edit them the best I could, but I can definitely say these aren't the best pictures I've ever taken.  I felt pretty bad sending them to Amy, but once again, it was the last minute, and what's a girl to do, besides, you know, maybe not waiting until the last minute.  Somehow, I don't think a lifetime of procrastinating is going to suddenly reverse itself overnight. Oh, but wouldn't that be nice if it did :)  Apparently I ramble a bit too ... at least I know what to write down for my New Years resolutions when I get to them next March :)

Anyway, here's a couple of shots with the bow which I tied in the front instead of the back because I felt like it.  I really can't think of another reason why I did, unless Gracie wouldn't turn around or something.  I honestly don't remember, after all, it was at least a week or two ago!  (memory building skills ... another New Year's resolution ... although I probably won't remember)

Gracie is a beautiful girl, but she is at that age where she's just not sure how to pose for pictures.  I swear, if you look at a elementary school yearbook, 7-year-olds have some of the most awkward pictures, and Gracie is no exception.  These pictures were pretty good, but some of the others ... not so much.  And I have to confess that I must be a horrible mom because I always keep some of the really bad pictures just in case I need to embarrass my kids in front of a boy/girlfriend one day.  I'm kidding about the boy/girlfriend part (some days!), but I really do keep them for the simple reason that they make me smile :)

I don't have too many pictures that truly show off the dress, so you will just have to take my word for it that the end result is worth the time it takes to make the dress, which really isn't very long since the pattern is quite simple.  Here is my favorite picture from our little photo shoot.  I'm not even sure why I like it so much, except it's a side of Gracie that not many people ever see :)  She is generally so cheerful, but every once in a while, I really see the part of her that contemplates the things around her quite deeply and makes me love her even more!

Fabric - Alexander Henry "calyx"
Bias trim - Michael Miller apple pindot


  1. Lovely dress! And what a beautiful little girl! I always cross my fingers that my kiddos will still want to be sewn for at that age.

    1. My 12-year-old complains all the time that I don't sew enough for her. I'm pretty sure I will be sewing for my kids for a lifetime :)