I had the honor of testing another great pattern by yet another great desiner, Ori Quintana. Ori is the designer behind Wild Lily and Lace Patterns. She has been very sucessful with her adult Women’s patterns and is now expanding her horizons with childrens patterns. One of the things that makes this new venture unique is that she is now able to sell Mommy & Me Pattern Bundles. How fun is that! Ori was a delight to work with and the dress pattern was a breeze. This allowed for quick and fantastic results. For this pattern I choose two of my favorite fabrics in our shop right now; Vienna Garden in Yellow by Clothworks and Antique Seed in Teal by Blue Hill Fabrics.
I LOVE the pairing of these two fabrics. It reminds me of the first glimpse of the morning sun awakening in the sky. I also love how timeless the Antique Seed in Teal is and how modern the Vienna Garden in Yellow is. Two worlds apart but when you bring them together it is pure delight. But…this post is not all about the fabric…it is also about the great pattern, The Little Katie Dress, by Ori.
One of the things I struggle with when i use a digital PDF printout yourself pattern is the joining of all the pages in just the right way. It can be tedious! Ori, however, made this task as simple as possible with clear directions and easy to spot joint markings. Through out the process I had to print and cut a few times and surprisingly this did not phase me as much as I thought it would.
I also appreciated that Ori included in the pattern a “Basic Sewing Guide.” I was familiar with all the steps, stitches, and processes that were used in the pattern but I could immediately see the value in having this guide on hand. There was even a section of the guide that gave tips for using knit fabrics and for seam finishes.
As for the dress itself I was very pleased with the outcome. The cross-over bodice did not hit too low on my daughter and the sleeves were the perfect length. I also loved the lace details that the pattern calls for. It made the dress really sweet and it completely fits me and my personality (which thankfully have been inherited by this little lady of mine).
I think that this dress is great for little girls but can also grow with them and look stylish for your ‘tweens.’ I am excited to make more and to test another dress for her this week! If you want to make one of your own you can purchase the pattern here and of course get fabric in our shop here. I will even sweeten the deal by offering a 10% discount on any purchase of either or the two fabrics that I used, Vienna Garden in Yellow by Clothworks and Antique Seed in Teal by Blue Hill Fabrics; simply come over to our Etsy Shop, Phatquarters, and send us a convo with your fabric choice, desired amount and the phrase TESTER-Little Katie. We will then set up a Custom Listing for you and respond with the link.
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