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.


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!