This month I had the privilege of testing two beautiful new spring dress patterns by Violette Field Threads!
If you’re not familiar with Violette Field Threads and you love to sew for little girls, they have a vast selection of dress patterns for girls from babies to tween.
Their patterns are definitely modern and up on the current trends, but they always have a not too trendy classic feel to them. They are the kind you can use over and over without ever getting tired of them. Plus, each pattern comes with several options for creating different looks. So really you can make a few different dresses from each pattern!
The first dress I made was the Elodie. It has a sheer bodice and sweetheart neckline. For the skirt and sweetheart bodice I used Vintage Rush Bleu by Art Gallery Fabrics (available in my fabric shop, Add Thread). And for the sheer bodice, I used chiffon…
The chiffon was a lot easier to work with than I thought it would be. You can use wash away wonder tape to help with hemming the armholes and neckline if you want. I didn’t use it but didn’t have any trouble. This dress also comes with an option for puff sleeves, which is simply adorable! You can see more examples of the sleeve version on the VFT website.
Everything about this dress was easier than I thought it would be! Just go slowly and follow the directions carefully.
And check out that bow! Fancy…
Have I mentioned my love of zippers? My button holer never seems to work right, so I have become a big fan of zippers. I was so happy that both these patterns called for zips!
Next, I made the Evelyn dress. I LOVED the idea of ruffle sleeves. I really want a dress like this for myself. And the awesome thing is, now I can make one for myself because I learned how to do it with this pattern!
The style I made was the plain version, size 7. I used rayon challis for the ruffles and for the main dress fabric I used Falling Cloudberry from Pat Bravo’s Nouvelle collection with Art Gallery Fabric…also available in my fabric shop!
I will say that the elastic and ruffles made this dress a little bit more tricky to sew together, but not to fear, you can do it!
There are several other beautiful versions of this dress, including pintucks and ruffles along the bodice. To all the options by many talented sewing mamas, head on over to the VFTs website and get inspired!
If you decide to make this dress, come back and tell me about it in the comments…I’d love to hear about it!