If I had to list my top five indy designers, Abby with Sew Much Ado would totally make the cut. Her patterns are flawlessly drafted, expertly explained, and completely on-trend. I just love sewing them because I know that I’m going to end up with a great fitting, good looking item every time. Sew Much Ado’s newest pattern, Pretty in Peplum Dress and Top fits in with the rest of the line perfectly. I mean, really:
This week, the Pretty in Peplum is touring the blogosphere, and I’m fortunate enough to get to tag along. And Ivy’s fortunate enough to fit in the pattern’s 18m-12 year size range, and gets to wear the the adorable and stylish dress I made from the pattern.
Can I be perfectly honest? I don’t feel super comfortable sewing for my daughter like I do my sons. With them, I feel creative and challenged. But with Ivy, I feel at a loss and overwhelmed. I love patterns that look fantastic from the start for her, that I can just sew right on pattern and just be told how to make her cute clothes. I stuck totally to pattern with the Pretty in Peplum, and I love the results: Cute clothes.
I kept going back and forth between making her just a top or the dress. In the end, I decided to do both, but I’ll save the top for another day and we’ll just talk about the dress today. I made her a size larger than the size chart recommended, because I am optimistic that one day she will push past the 18m size and actually grow. Not that I don’t love her tiny little body. But, you know, she should probably get a little bit bigger some day.
The pattern is made for knits, so it sews up super fast. I love knits in kids’ clothing. Comfortable, easy to dress, and easy to wash. Knits are the way to go. The Pretty in Peplum looks fancy and on-trend, but it’s totally play-accommodating, too.
The pattern for the skirt is kind of genius (I think I say that at least once in every review I do for Sew Much Ado Patterns). I’ve never sewn a peplum totally in the round before, and I like it! It did mean that the back of the skirt, the horses from the super-fun directional print I used are upside down. But I’m okay with that.
Speaking of the fabric, isn’t it so great? It’s Horse Play by and from Girl Charlee. You can find it HERE. I love the print, but the blue really sold me on it. Sewn with the peplum dress, I think it looks almost ‘80s, and just totally rad.
And yes, I posed my two year old in front of port-a-potties. I loved the blue, and was hoping it wouldn’t be too obvious what they were in the pictures. It completely is. Whatever. Yay for public toilets!
Grab the Pretty in Peplum from Sew Much Ado HERE
I was given the Pretty in Peplum pattern and a credit to choose the fabric I wanted from Girl Charlee to sew it with. Opinions are mine. My opinion is you need this pattern!