New Pattern: Grammies Dolls Sandys Dress and Bloomers11:13 AM
I received this pattern for free in exchange for testing. As always all opinions remain my own. I have a Love/Hate relationship with tes...
I have a Love/Hate relationship with testing for Grammies Dolls. And you're probably now thinking that's a horrible thing to say, but let me explain.
If you're a long time reader, you know I'm all about the quick and dirty sews. The faster the better. Grammies Dolls sews are NOT quick and dirty. You see Grammies Dolls is all about the traditional methods and heirloom sewing. Smocking, hand basting and hand stitching. SO not fast. But I think its important to challenge ourselves to do new things. To do things that we otherwise hate AND to prove to ourselves that older and more traditional is often better (usually much better). I'm sure Theresa of Grammies Dolls sighs every time I ask, can I top stitch this instead? What if I do xyz? Do we REALLY need to do this this way?
This pattern uses bias tape to make a beautiful binding along the neck and armscyes. I cheated on this and used topstitching. I regret that completely. I should have taken the time to hand sew the binding in place. My daughter just fit into the size 3 and it fit a little looser than I would like. If I was going to redo it, I'd probably scoot the button over just a tiny bit. But I've been noticing more and more that her measurements don't quite fit into the size charts the way I would expect. I think she may have narrow shoulders (something she didn't get from her mom). This pattern includes a proper skirt placket which she recommends hand stitching into place. Yes that would look nicer than my top stitching. No, I'm not sorry that I cheated. :)
This is NOT a quick sew, but it is a rewarding sew. The finishing techniques are good and I'll probably throw together more than a few pairs of the bloomers because those are fast. And of course, there's a sale as part of the release! Use coupon code: newlisting to save 20% off the entire Grammies Dolls Shop.
If you love heirloom type sewing or traditional sewing techniques, you're really going to like the Grammies Dolls Patterns. If you're wondering which patterns I might recommend, I've blogged:
Lilith's Sweater Dress
Penelope's Pencil Skirt