PATTERN TEST! Woo hoo! I got another! I'm always happy to be a test subject. I'm like Batty on Fern Gully. I'd let you "Use me, abuse me, batter and bruise me" for the sake of pattern perfection. I've wasted my fair share of fabric on bogus patterns, so anytime I can test and help a sista (or brotha) out, I like to step up! This time, the pattern called the Saffron Twirl Dress was for Zafarani Designs which happens to be the brain child of an amazingly talented pal o mine. I know that you're not supposed to mix business and friendship, but I'm a rebel...like 25% of the time. I can't ALWAYS be a rebel. We need ORDER! Anyway, I got to test and I made 2, yes 2 versions! One I was allowed to share with the masses...
...and the other, I've had to keep a secret because this post is part of a pattern tour!
Zafarani's in Vegas for one night only headlining at Ginger Dimples, which despite the way the name sounds, is NOT a strip club.
I am so happy with the way these dresses came out! I'm going to share my tiny flips of this pattern- they're more like pattern somersaults actually-but first I want to tell you more about the pattern itself. The Saffron twirl dress is a knee length dress with a V-neck bodice and an open back with button tab and the option of a crossover sash (which I did) or a shorter one-way sash. It comes in sizes 6-12 months THROUGH size 8. I found the sizing to be true. I made the 5 and 4 and I like the 4 better, which is what Aurelia measured for. It's supposed to fit without much loosey goosey. There's still plenty of room to run around and move in crazy ways that only children can do, so don't worry about the kiddos feeling constricted. It's pretty easy to put together, but she has it labeled for the "confident beginner". I'm sure it's because there is a button and buttonhole...scary to some, but not exactly the Freddy Kreuger of sewing skills. I really liked making this dress and I'm glad I did. I make it a point not to lie in my pattern reviews and I didn't want to have to look at my friend and say "Your pattern is total poop...needs to be wiped now". Thank you, friend, for not putting me in that position.
**********Somersault #1: The teardrop applique neckline**********
The only thing I added on my first dress was the teardrop appliques. You're going to need to print out this free template I put together for you. You're welcome. You know you thanked me. Make sure to print it at 100% or actual size...whichever you do normally for pattern printing. You can always increase or decrease these sizes to suit your taste, but my way is usually the best.
As far as your method of applique, you can do it however you normally do it. I like to trace my shapes on to Wonder Under (write on the smooth side) and follow the manufacturers instructions for ironing it on.
I measured out 5/8" from the edge of the raw neckline on the bodice front. Why? Because 3/8" is the SA and I gave myself 1/4" extra for any mistakes. I didn't mark on my fabric because I hate that. I just laid my clear acrylic ruler on my fabric. Then I placed my largest drop down on the center with the point touching the line (the edge of my ruler). Once I was satisfied with the placement, I ironed it into place (yay for sticky, wonderful Wonder Under). I eyeballed the placement of the rest of my drops, making sure the points all touched the line and were evenly spaced. Ironed those suckers down too. They were all like "what!?!?" Then I zigzagged around each drop. Once that's all done, you just sew the dress up as directed and it'll turn out PURTY.
********** Somersault #2: Skirt band and contrasting ties**********
For the contrasting ties....I used two fabrics. Yeah, that's all. Tutorial over!
For the Band on the bottom I just used math. THESE MEASUREMENTS WERE FOR THE SIZE 4! The math will be the same, but the final pieces of the larger skirt section will be larger or smaller based on the size you make. My skirt height was 16". I picked 4" for the band height because I wanted a finished band of 3.5" after the hem (hem is 1/2" total). Soooooo 16-4=12. Give yourself a sticker. Now add on SA to each piece since you have to attach them to one another.... and you have one piece that's 12 3/8" tall and one that's 4 3/8" tall. WHEW! All of that addition...making kindergartners sweat.
Now put your band on the bottom of your skirt RST and sew using your SA. Finish off that seam with a serger or zig-zag and press the seam up. You can top-stitch it into place if you want to. Now you have a 16" tall skirt piece just as the pattern calls for.
Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to buy the Saffron Twirl dress from Zafarani Designs! Its on sale this week only for $6 in her Etsy shop. Also make sure to "like" her FB page because she's awesome.
And some funnies...I made her twirl since it's a twirl dress. The first one was pretty good...
...But I made her twirl more which led to falling forward:
And basically not being able to stand up at all:
But BOY, was it fun!
Twirl on, Y'all!