Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Purple Day- Marissa Dress

Ella was a little irritated with me on Purple Day.
We had something planned out to make, but I just wasn't in the mood to make it.

Especially when I realized she hadn't worn this dress I made back in May.



It was perfect for purple day and so beautiful. I just love this dress.



It's made from the Marissa dress pattern by Sis Boom. I really like the style of this pattern.



It's designed to be shorter, but I wanted a maxi dress, so I just added length.



This fabric is another Wal-Mart steal. I got it for about $4 a yard.
I fell in love with it at first site.



Ella loves it, too. The reason she didn't want to wear it is 'because I've worn that a million times!' I had to convince her that even though she'd worn it a million times, that it was new to school.



Silly girl.
I made it up to her by giving her a purple manicure.



I know I'm spoiling her... but it's fun.
I just got a year worth of themes from her Kindergarten teacher so I can make her some outfits to go with what she's learning at school. I know I'm crazy... but I'm a little giddy with excitement about that.



I've been asked several times for a review of this pattern and I've been putting it off because I'm not 100% in love with it.

I have no problem giving a glowing review for a pattern that I really love, but I hesitate to write anything negative about someone else's work.

I've decided to just be honest in my review of it- take it or leave it- it's just my opinion.

Things I love:
*the modern, more mature style
*the fit- I love that it has a zipper in it. I prefer more tailored clothes, than say, pillowcase dresses and tunics and stuff.

Things I'm not so in love with:
*1/4 in seams.
Have I told you I HATE 1/4 inch seams???
Especially when it's a gathered seam and especially when I'm using something other than quilting cotton or knits. I find it difficult to gather fabrics and seam them with such a small allowance. The fabric frays and I just find it frustrating. I like a little more to work with. I find this irritating in all patterns with 1/4 seams.
Just my opinion. I'm not that worried about wasting such a tiny bit of fabric.
*I don't like the directions for the middle rouched part of the bodice. You're supposed to just smooth it out and stitch down the in a few places. I prefer a more intentional look with pleats or gathers. Easy fix, though.

I made this dress for Lucy, also and had difficulty with the fit. I had to cut the straps off and then couldn't find anymore of the fabric.
Much to her disappointment, her dress has been laying on my sewing desk for months.... sad.

6 comments:

Marianne said...

Love that fabric! And the purple nails? Ooh la la!

Amy said...

You have another winner!

Sara said...

this is a fabulous dress!!! I absolutely love the fabric!!! Great job!!

Bunny said...

Great dress. Right on trend, IMO. As far as 1/4 inch seams, WTH? Most heirloom patterns I have seen have 3/8 inch seams at the least.

BConky said...

Finish Lucy's dress. She needs it.

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite dress ever!

Judy