I had the opportunity to sew up some of one of my favorite collective’s newest patterns for myself and Ivy. Willow & Co just released their newest collection last month, and it is all about looks for women and girls. I thought it would be fun to do some mom-and-me pieces with the Valencia Tunic and the Limon Dress.
I used white cotton gauze and some really pretty white-on-white embroidered cotton for both, and then used the same techniques for the sleeve finishes on each.
There is a really pretty, shaped yoke at the front, with looped button holes, and gathering below. I used the embroidered fabric for the yokes and some clear shank buttons at the closure. Here is where I draw attention to the thing I’m going to ask you not to pay attention to. I really should have pressed this. But my iron has something on it, and when I pressed Ivy’s dress, it left horrible markings on it. Thankfully, the markings washed out. I didn’t think to use a pressing cloth until we were on our way out the door for the photoshoot. So yeah. Don’t pay attention to that bit of neckline curling out there. Thanks.
There is another yoke at the back, with gathering below. Just pretty stuff.
Overall, the pattern is nicely put together and the instructions very easy to follow. The sizing is generous, so if you were to sew this in a heavier fabric, I’d probably err on the small size. In the gauze, though, I like the roomy, flowy look. It’s perfect for summer and I’m excited to get some good wear out of it in the next few months.
Tangent:: in looking through pictures, I have this weird habit of having my mouth wide open when playing with my children. Like I’m about to eat them. I do it all.the.time. Why do I do this? It’s a wonder they don’t have nightmares of being swallowed whole by me.
So, the Limon Dress. The pattern is by Charming Doodle. A pretty dress or top with pintucks and ruffles and just really cute.
I found the pattern markings for the front pintucks really confusing. There are just so many lines, with the wide range of sizes (12m-12y), and I felt like I was going cross eyed trying to figure out which was which. So, I just winged the placement of the tucks. They aren’t super evenly spaced, but I still like them a lot.
The tucks at the back were much easier for me to get off the pattern markings. And I threw in some of the embroidered cotton at the yoke. I really, really love the back. Really. Even though I accidently pressed and then sewed down one tuck the wrong direction. Can you find which one? Now stop looking at it, please.
My favorite part of the pattern, I don’t have pictures of. It’s the lined inside. The body of the dress is fully lined and uses The Coolest technique to completely enclose the seams at the armscyth. Very professional finish. The fit is a bit baggier than I would like, but Ivy is tiny and this seems to be a theme with her clothing. I sewed her a size two (lengthened to a 3), but should have gone with the 18months. It’s a bit gapey at the neckline on her, but still really sweet.
And that’s our look!
You can check out the entire collection, along with the previous pattern releases at Willow & Co. It’s all beautiful and so perfect for spring and summer. If you sew for yourself or little girls at all, you need to check it out! And check out the Willow & Co blog for more looks from the summer tour!
On Ivy: Limon Dress by Charming Doodle for Willow & Co. Fabric is cotton gauze and embroidered cotton from Jo-Ann Stores
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe The Original Sandal (affiliate link)
On Me: Valencia Tunic by Mouse House Creations for Willow & Co. Fabric is cotton gauze and embroidered cotton from Jo-Ann Stores
Jeans are unblogged, altered Jalie 2908
Sandals: Swedish Hasbeens (affiliate)