SWEETHEART DRESS SEWING PATTERN

Thursday, April 12, 2012

SWEETHEART DRESS SEWING PATTERN ||  BUY NOW
*Updated: please note that due to the full sweetheart dress pattern being released i have decided to take down the free tutorial. I have given this a lot of thought and feel that the new pattern reflects all the hard work that has been put into it and the instructions are more clear and easy to follow.  I don't want there to be any confusion between the two sets of written instructions.  This momma is also trying really hard to earn a living with her passion in life to create.  I value each and every one of yours support and thank you so much for allowing me to do what fills me with joy.

a retro & modern dress featuring an adorable heart cutout on the back that your child is sure to adore! with a flattering silhouette that showcases your fave fabric crush and special feminine details The sweetheart dress is sure to be a showstopper!  the pdf sewing pattern is sized for 2T - 6T and i can't wait to see the wonderful and lovely dresses you are all going to make!


the sweetheart dress pattern features:

: : digitally drafted & professionally graded pattern pieces for the bodice & heart cutout

: : 18 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : pattern pieces for sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T & 6T

: : instructions for a professionally finished garment featuring a tutorial for a feminine, hand sewn button loop and also a fully lined bodice (with no hand sewing! woot woot!).

: : size charts, fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great fit

: : a fun sewing experience :)

the sweetheart dress pattern is available for purchase at the following:

.....MORE SHOPS COMING SOON! 
 
I have a few sketchbooks...ok...more than a few sketchbooks filled with ideas for goodies to make for the girls and myself and this little dress is one that has been nagging at me to get made. So with Easter upon us last week I decided to whip them up for the girls to wear to Easter dinner.   There is something so completely adorable about a high neck fitted bodice and gathered skirt that makes it one of my go to silhouettes for dresses for the girls.  I love that it feels retro but still modern and clean.  Don't be fooled by the front though, the party is all in the back on this dress folks.  The feminine heart cut out just makes me swoon.  With a hand sewn button loop and girly button it makes me smile and makes them smile too.  They love them and I love that they love them.

Small Dress: Outer fabric is 100% Organic Dottie Cream Coral by Birch Fabrics from their Mod Basics Line provided by Fabricworm and is lined with Amy Butler Lotus Wallflower in Cherry from stash fabric.  Large Dress: Outer fabric is Amy Butler "Passion Lily Cerise Pink" from the Soul Blossoms Passion line provided by Stitch Simple and lined with stash Nicey Jane fabric.

You never know when sewing for kids if they are truly going to enjoy wearing a handmade garment.  My oldest loves dresses but wears mostly leggings and tee's.  So for her to really wear and enjoy this dress did my heart good.  Now Harper, well she just goes gaga for any pretty dresses and will proudly prance around in her new frock for all to see. She is also a very willing model when I'm drafting and measuring to sew something for her.  She gets all excited and stands on a wee stool next to my sewing chair so she can watch me work.  I think I may get a sewer out of this one :)


I couldn't resist using some of my fave Birch Fabrics for Harper's Dress (from my awesome sponsor Fabricworm).  I love their 100% organic fabrics. They are super soft, have a gorgeous drape and are great for the environment.  Plus all the prints are retro and modern which I adore.  The print I used is called "Dottie Cream Coral" from their Mod Basics Line. I lined it with stash fabric that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of.  If anyone recognizes it please let me know.


Mackenzie's dress was made from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms Passion Line and it's Called Passion Lily in Cerise Pink and it's from my lovely sponsor Stitch Simple (whose fabric comes to me prewashed and pressed)!  I love the colors in this fabric and lined it again with some stash fabric that I had been holding onto but cannot remember the name of either.  I think I've got a bad case of the mommy brain this morning.  With 2 kids sick with the croup and 1 hubby sick now too I'm pooped!


 a full 18 page full color PDF sewing pattern for sizes 2T-6T!!!

Would you like to make your wee one too?  Want to know how? You can purchase the Sweetheart Dress Sewing Pattern here:
.....MORE SHOPS COMING SOON!


I bet yours looks fabulous!  Does my heart good.  Have fun making yours and make sure to share your pics in our flickr group here or in the comments below. I love seeing your fab projects!  Happy sewing ladies!



P.S. How can you tell our family loves color??? lol!

What do you guys think? You likey? I likey :) What do you do to get the perfect fit for a child's bodice? Any magic techniques you have for sewing a lined bodice? I know we would all love reading each others tips below. What fabrics would you use for your Sweetheart Dress? I've got coffee with your name on it - come chat with me!

94 comments:

  1. This is just darling!!! I love the heart!!! now to find a girl so i can make this :)

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  2. It's amazing how similar our girls are...N also loves pretty dresses but always prefers leggings and shirts. Ellie is the one who sleeps, eats, and digs in the dirt in dresses and skirts. They both love things I make for them but E usually ends up stealing whatever I make for N.

    This dress is just to die for adorable. I love them!

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  3. I LOVE THIS. I am so definitely going to make this for Anika....VERY VERY SOON. LOVE. Thank you for the tutorial!!!!

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  4. IN LOVE!!! Amazing job Shannon! P.S. The fabric is just perfect.

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  5. Ooooh! I love this so much! I want one in my size! I would have loved this as a little girl, it would have been my favorite dress for sure. This is the best thing I've seen all day. :)

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  6. So so so cute, Shannon! Love the chuck t's with the dresses, too. Perfection. :)

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  7. so CUTE!!! you did good, no GREAT girl! love the french seam and double hemline finish. The girls look adorable in them and so cute posing.

    side note - I like jeremy's 'kicks'

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  8. Shannon, you are amazing! These are quite possibly the sweetest little dressed I've seen. And your models look just as sweet! What a great job and Thanks for featuring Birch Fabrics!!

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  9. Awesome job, girl!!! You know I love dresses and I really LOVE these dresses. And your little girlies are just so darn precious. Thanks for sharing - great tutorial!!

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  10. Those dresses are adorable! My girls live in dresses and would love these. I think the lining of your older daughter's dress is from Nicey Jane. No idea about the other lining fabric, although I love it! Do you still have a modern sewing group? I'm local and would love to have a group to sew with.

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  11. This is too cute! I made my first dress with a lined, fitted bodice right before Christmas for my 2YO. I used a purchased dress to kind of make a template. It worked out OK. I used some cheap fabric, though, and while the bodice looked nice, some of the other stuff didn't. I also did my first button holes, which was a little scary! :)

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  12. Those are gorgeous little dresses! The stash fabric used to line the little one's dress is Amy Butler Lotus Wallflower in Cherry :) I LOVE that fabric :) Can't wait for our little lady to be born so I can start sewing cute dresses too!

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  13. Wow, so adorable! They look amazing Shannon.

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  14. This is so great! I pinned it even though I only have a boy to sew for. Just too adorable!

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  15. These are super cute! I love them - will show them to my girls and see if I can make three in a row... :)

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  16. I "heart" these dresses! Hee Hee. They are just so cute and so are your girls. Who told them it was o.k. to keep getting bigger? :) I am going to pin this now and can't wait to make some. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  17. I'm off to pout about the fact that I don't have a daughter now. THese dresses are stinkin' adorable!

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  18. Fantastic job, Shannon! I have no expert tips since I'm not even close to an expert, but love the results. Wanna try this when my baby girl gets big enough!

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  19. I really love these dresses and these photos.

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  20. i have been reading forever but never comment... this dress made me hop out of my reader immediately to tell you how dang cute it is! I have two boys but feel like I need to find a little girl to stitch this up for. One of the cutest dress I have seen!

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  21. Hi, I made something like this last year. You can see it here: http://spiegelstiksels.blogspot.com/2011/04/experiment.html
    I love your versions too, particularly how you chose matching lining. Although invisible while wearing, it's a very beautiful detail!

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  22. oh my goodness, this is PERFECT! i've been looking for a good dress pattern to use for my little girl's first gig as flower girl. the heart on the back, the simple cut of the dress, oh it's all just so marvelously and exactly what i was looking for!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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  23. Oh. my. gosh.

    I have never wished I could sew as much as I do right now! Beautiful Shannon, you are one talented lady! <3

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  24. I'm loving harpers chubby knees! Such cute dresses, you need a mama version for yourself!

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  25. Such an adorable dress! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :)

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  26. I can't wait to make these for my girls! Thanks for sharing. Adorable!!

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  27. this is ridiculously cute!seriously! you are so super talented! and your girls? perfect models. xo

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  28. Beautiful dresses, and sweet girls! I can't wait until i am confident enough with my sewing skills to attempt this dress! Really impressive.

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  29. I have to get myself some of that Passion Lily in Cerise Pink...so pretty and I love the color.
    Also, must add having a girl to my list of things to do. Those sweetheart dresses are adorable.

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  30. Soooo pretty, Shannon! They are lovely - the dresses and the sweeties. Take care - I hope everyone's healthy very soon. xoR

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  31. how adorable! not that i am a pro with kids clothes and just barely made my first bodice dress two weeks ago, but i try the bodice on the kiddos before attaching it to the skirt part to get a great fit. love the lining of the dresses with the little heart poking out...too cute:)

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  32. Totally adorable! My 3 year old just saw this and said, "Mommy, you NEED to make me that!" I guess that's up next for summer. Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

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  33. What a sweet little sundress! Wonderful job!

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  34. !!!
    so sweet ~ love the surprise heart cut-out in the back ~ well done !

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  35. Those are so cute! I want one for myself!

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  36. Holy cow those are cute! And the fabrics are great too. That heart on the back is so sweet. Very creative, Shannon! :D

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  37. Gorgeous gorgeous dresses. Great tutorial and illustrations too.

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  38. Oh my gosh...thank you all so much!!!! You are all so sweet! I hope you have fun making them! It truly was just one of those little dresses that had to be made. I still can't believe I got them both sewn up and drafted while dealing with both kids with the croup. Aiayaya..the poor things, I even made them model them while they were ill.....die hard..lol.

    They love them though and I'm glad you all do too.

    Thanks for all the lovely comments and happy sewing!

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  39. This is so precious! And your girls could not look more adorble! So nicely done! :-)

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  40. Freakin awesome! Seriously, this blows me away. And those pictures are completely precious.

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  41. those are sooooo cute! I LOVE this idea!

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  42. OK hun this is just THE CUTEST! I've had something like this in mind ever since I saw an adult one oh I dont know when. Ages ago. But I could never figure out to do the closure since the adult one had I believe a side zip and I find those really really hard to get your kids to stand still for. Buttoning it up in back worked brilliantly, just so darn cute! Man I can just picture this with a big frothy pettiskirt, and the little sneakers with it just KILLS me! <3 <3 <3

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  43. Likey alot! That's pretty cute. Thanks!

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  44. My 2yo grandaughter will LOVE this. I have a pattern that has a cut out back with an oval, so I only need to change that up, but I never would have thought to do that without your pictures.

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  45. oh shannon, this is so darling!!
    Great job on the dresses, the design, the tutorial, the pattern, the sharing.
    Mac is so big too. what cuties :)

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  46. Love love love this! Will be making one for my daughter's birthday later this year.

    Now - an adult pattern please! I reckon I could even rock this one!

    Thanks for another awesome tutorial!!!

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    1. Yes, absolutely....an Adult pattern, PLEASE!!!

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  47. is there a way to make the dress for an adult?

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  48. The lining for Mackenzie's dress is Nicey Jane Hop Dot Cherry. I love Heather Bailey's stuff and I just made my girls' Easter dresses from Nicey Jane fabrics :) The heart in the back is just adorable. I'll have to give this tutorial a try. Thanks for making it available.

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  49. Absolutely fabulous - these dresses are goregeous!!! If only I had a girl. My boys just won't go for hearts, lol!

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  50. I love this dress and I made one foi my little princess. I linked your pattern on my blog: http://pontinhosdeartesaporsilvia.blogspot.pt/2012/04/vi-este-vestido-aqui-e-nao-resisti-em.html
    Thanks for share this beautiful idea.
    Sílvia, Portugal :))

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  51. oh my goodness! i want one in grownup size!!

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  52. Shannon, would you consider a custom order? I'd LOVE to order a dress (I can't sew). Just name your price!
    Thank you for considering (jbosik@gmail.com)!

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  53. Yes would you consider?My daughter would love this!! I wish I knew how to sew. I agree with the comment above I'd love to order a dress! Thank you for considering yanimatlock@gmail.com

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  54. These are gorgeous. I am making up a range of skirts at the moment, but you have inspired me to go for dresses later this year.

    I've done a lot of lined bodices for wedding dresses and bridesmaids - I make up the bodice with the lining attached at the top/sides, then sew the bodice front only to the skirt by machine. I then turn under a small hem on the bottom of the lining and slip stitch by hand to the skirt, hiding the waist seam inside the two layers of the bodice. Time consuming but neat and very comfy round the waist.

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  55. Had to add this one to my favorites!

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  56. http://myrainasunshine.blogspot.com/2012/04/gigi-dresses-part-1.html

    Just finished making a dress for my daughter using your tutorial and an apron that belonged to my grandma! Thanks so much for the great idea... it was exactly what I needed to make this refashion happen :)

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  57. This dress is so beautiful! My daughters love it, too, so I think I've got work to do :-) ! Thanks for sharing!!

    Liz (www.howling-liz.blogspot.com)

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  58. This a great detailed tutorial! I'm for sure bookmarking this as there will be a time when I need it. Keep up the great work, I'm going to take a look at your blog now :)

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  59. I made one of these today!!! It came out so well! Your instructions really worked!! I followed what you said and when I got to the part where it could potentially get really, really confusing I looked at the pieces and read over your words again and it just CLICKED! I never make myself dresses with a lined bodice because I couldn't puzzle it out before. I really can't thank you enough!

    http://sownbrooklyn.com/2012/04/25/kcwc-projects-one-two/

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  60. I just pinned this dress to my pinterest board because I can't wait to sew one up for my little girl. (She doesn't always want to wear dresses, but maybe the heart will make her melt?) :)
    http://pinterest.com/lornajarkin/sewing-inspiration/

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  61. I just adore this little dress but for some reason cant download the patterns? Is there another way i can get them
    thanks Emma-Rose

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    1. Can you email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca Emma-rose and I'll help you out. Thanks :)

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  62. Hi there - I pinned this a few weeks ago and it went crazy! It has over 800 repins and over 170 likes! http://pinterest.com/pin/64880050851973366/

    Unfortunately I can't sew so Lucie won't be debuting the dress on the blog unless I can my Mum to rustle one up!

    It's a great dress and clearly everyone else thinks so too!

    Love Liz x
    The Baby wears Prada

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  63. What an adorable little dress. I can't wait till I finish the dress I'm working on for my granddaughter, so I can make this one. My daughter keeps finding all these wonderful things for me. I guess the house cleaning will have to wait another day!

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  64. LOVE this dress. Thank you for the tutorial. I just made two of these this week, one with a heart and one with an oval (the second one took me 3 hours, start to finish!). I'd say this is definitely a size 4T. My daughter is 3 and wears either 3T or 4T and this dress is just a tiny bit big on her, but it still fits. Also, in case anyone is wondering, if you're using the bigger pattern, you can get by with 3/4 yard of the outer fabric (using about 17" for the skirt) and about 10" of the inner lining fabric.
    Thank you!

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  65. I have been wanting to do a heart shaped detail like this for a while and this is perfect, thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  66. I am so excited to make this for my daughter, but the sweetheart dress PDF is not working. Could you fix the link?

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  67. Lovely! Absolutely amazing! I've made the 4/5 yo size: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/sweet-heart-pink-dress

    Thank you very much for this pattern :)

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  68. I just ordered fabric to make this darling thing for my little girls 1st birthday dress. I cannot WAIT -- the heart-back is just swoonworthy. Thank you!

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  69. Amei os vestidinhos!!Queria fazer pra minha neta!!Mas tá tudo em Ingles as explicações!!!Ai!Assim não vale!

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  70. Hi, I'm french and I love your tuto. I have make a version in my blog with the link. I hope a lot of french come in your blog.
    By by sandra

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  71. I pinned your tutorial for this and another of your dresses on my baby clothes sewing board so more people would find them.



    If you would rather I didn't share this sweetheart of a dress or the other one, just contact me via the addy posted on the footer of my website and I'll take them both right down.

    Jan
    Unique Baby Nursery Ideas

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  72. Ok I don't know how to sew at all. Can't I just pay you to make one for me??????

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  73. Hi Chelsea!

    Actually you can! I'd love to make me one. If you're interested email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca and we can work out a custom order.

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  74. bravo,ces petites robes sont très jolies. quel talent! merci pour le tutoriel. bon we. bye bye!

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  75. wanna make one for me? how much?

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    1. Hi there, if you are interested in having one made for me send an email to luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca and we can def work something out. I've been taking custom orders.

      Thanks :)

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  76. Hi! I love this! May I feature it (and some of your other tutorials on www.sewcanshe.com? Please drop me a line (caroline@sewcanshe.com) and let me know. Thanks!

    Caroline

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  77. patty@inspirationfromalicia.blogspot.comJuly 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    OHHHHH.....this is precious! I just found your blog via Pinterest and I must say that I will be a very frequent visitor.

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  78. I have worked and worked on a patter exactly like this one .
    And YOU make it look so easy!!!! I love it
    I'm making it today top priority! Thanks for doing all the work for us dummies!
    Where did you get your special tags you put on your clothes?
    Elisamichaels@gmail.com

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  79. once I got to step 4, the pictures didn't make sence and the directions were hard to follow along to. Help!

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    1. What part is confusing you? Please send me an email to luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca and I can try to help you out as much as I can. There are also other online videos/tutes on sewing lined bodices if you are confused by my instructions. It is a tricky step and requires you sometimes to actually hold the garment while looking at the screen/image to visualize what you will actually be doing.

      Also there is a full sewing pattern coming out hopefully late July/early August if you'd rather wait for that :)

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  80. ? is can I buy these dresses somewhere? I do not sew and can't even begin to try! Please email me if these are sold anywhere...if not, they should be! :) JanetL12@yahoo.com

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  81. I have the same problem as a previous reader. Couldn't understand the instructions for step 4. Before that, am I supposed to just sew the neckline and half way up the armholes vut not the shoulder straps? How do I sew those after? I think for me pictures would have been more helpful but I am a beginner so only know basics.

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    1. Hi there, so sorry you are having an issue with step 4. Please note that a full sewing pattern with images and illustrations in sizes 2-6 will be available soon. Please feel free to email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca and I can try to answer your questions there.

      Thank you.

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  82. I love this dress and am going to make it asap! I have a question...where do you get your custom labels? I would love some and have no idea where to start. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much Kameron. I got my labels from "mommiemadeit" on etsy. Here's th link:
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/MommieMadeIt

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  83. Hi, Is the pattern out yet? If so can you please send me the link. suzeq1260@yahoo Thank you love it!!!!

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  84. I loved this dress so much i made one too! find it on my (very new) blog HighKotton.blogspot.com
    I put the link to your original tutorial on my post.
    You should subscribe!

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  85. I just made this last night. It is so adorable! I am looking forward to the release of all of the sizes. I made the 2T size for my daughter who wears 18M clothing and unfortunately the bodice is too tight. I love it so much though that I will be trying it again when you post the rest of the patterns. Thanks so much for a great tutorial! :)

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  86. What a darling pattern you've created! And I have to say, your girls are the cutest girls ever! As a Nonna to three granddaughters and a grandson, I'm usually more biased! lol! Thanks a bunch!

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  87. !!!!This is so darn cute ill be making these for my grand babies there gonna luv them . cant wait Thank u darling:)

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