Monday, November 10, 2008

View B

I have looked at way too many 50's readers in the last couple of weeks! LOL! Here, my friends, is View B. I added a little circular collar and I think I'm in love. When Maddie was wearing it today for our little photo shoot (with her double strap brown leather shoes- perfect!) I really felt like she could be in one of those readers. I'm just trying to ignore the fact that the play house she was standing in front of has a big muddy smear behind her head and is in need of a good paint job. I think I will work on that later on today.
I feel like I am off to a pretty good start with this design. I think there is something for everyone. The more trendy folks can leave off the collar and do it up in hot pink and black and have a cute and sassy dress. The more vintage gals, like myself, can choose the more retro fabrics and use both designs (we have already seen that). And for the in-betweeners or more classic gals, I think this dress would look pretty snazzy in gold silk dupioni with a red sash for Christmas.
But now it's your turn. It is 'speak now or forever hold your peace' time. You, the people who buy my patterns, can tell me what you want. You like view B or no? The floor is open friends....have at it. I will be answering all questions and joining in the discussion in the comment section of this post.
PS. (About the last post.) Since I had more than a couple of people that wanted my extra copy of "Stepping Heavenward" I will leave the comments open for a couple more days and then I will draw a name. I can't pick! LOL! Edited To Add: Jessica said that she really needed a Peter Pan collar. Well this is not exactly a Peter Pan but it is Peter Pan-ish. Since the neckline is gathered (by the way that saves us from buttonholes and plackets which makes this dress very beginner friendly) a traditional Peter Pan collar was not really an option, but it did get me thinking. A while later it hit me that I could just make a gathered Peter Pan, it's not exactly the same but it gives the same feel. To get an idea of how it would look I gathered up the collar on this dress in the center and added a little button.
And I should mention that the tights were what she was already wearing with her purple polka dot tutu when I decided to take these pictures, nice, I know. That's what I get I guess, I finally cleaned the mud smear off of the playhouse so I can have more decent pictures and now the tights. I think I give up. I think I kind-of like it anyways LOL! While I'm telling secrets I should also say that the sash is pulling funny because it is still just saftey pinned on, lazy pattern-maker-woman! Now after all that blubbering, could you tellme if you would like two collar options? Thanks :)

26 comments:

LadySnow said...

OH, OH, OH! I am have to have this for Elisabeth when you are done with the design! She would look so cute in it. :D

Anonymous said...

Love the collar option! Still think it would be cute with an attached apron that is rounded at the bottom.

Karen

Marlya said...

I love view B!!!! it's adorable!

DangitAnge said...

I love View A the best and I've been thinking about it ever since I saw pictures the other day. I LOVE this pattern and I want it!

Ylana said...

I must say, i prefer View A! DOnt get me wrong, I adore View B as well, but it is View A that has my heart racing! I cannot wait to get my grubby little hands on this pattern!

Jessica said...

It would not be exaggerating to say that I have lain awake in bed thinking about View A of this dress. How I am supposed to wait until Spring??

I like View B, but I wish I had seen them the other way around because the first one makes me so happy I don't think I can fully appreciate this one.

If I bought it as it is right now and after I made a few for practice, I would go with no collar (or perhaps turn this one into a peter pan style?) or maybe un-bubble the hemline and put a ruffly faux-petticoat peeking out.

Now all I can think about is this dress in the polka dots with a peter pan collar. I don't know how it would work with the gathered neckline, but oh we need to please find a way. I'll have to think about it some more.

I have made about 6 of each of your other patterns so I get adventurous after the first few! Two of my best friends have girls the exact same size and age as mine so I can't make just one!!

Alviana said...

sooo cute! wish i can have that pattern too. i love view B pattern and i love the fabric that u use in view A. Both look soooo adoreable ;)

heartathome said...

Oh, dear! Those are absolutely adorable! Wonderful job. The Lord has blessed you with such a terrific talent. Thank you for sharing it with us! Absolutely darling:)

Amy said...

Both are adorable but "A" is my vote. Why not add the collar as an option to the pattern?

affectioknit said...

I love them both!

Anonymous said...

I love both of the dresses. I think it would look absolutely adorable with a big sash on it with either view. The apron option would be cute with view B. Love LOVE Love the pattern can't wait until it comes out........I wish I had it for Christmas to make my daughter a dress. SO CUTE!!!!!!! Glenda

little dresses said...

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Karen,
I agree it would be adorable with a little apron (you know that was one of my first thougts too!. I am still trying to decide if I should offer that as view C or just write up a little tutorial, because I have to think in terms of pattern pieces (paper size and price)and I have about hit my limit for the printing I wanted. What would you think about a detailed tutorial in the back of the pattern packet or even on my website?

xoxoxo,
Samantha
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little dresses said...

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Jessica,

You have my little wheels turning. I may be able to do a Peter Pan-ish collar. Let me see what I can come up with.

xoxox,
Samantha
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Jessica said...

oh me oh my!!!

I love the fake peter pan!!

I think it is so cute!
I don't ever make real peter pans because they are so much trouble, but I love them.

Seriously, I love love love this. You made my day.

Tyler and Brenda Foss said...

I love this pattern, of the two collars I like the second one a bit more. This is such a sweey dress, I can't wait to make it.

mommatothebear said...

The dresses are adorable with and without the collar. I really like the "peter pan-esc" collar version. :)

Mama Lusco said...

Great job...I showed them to my 6 year old and she loves view A. I probably wouldn't use the collar, but it sounds like plenty of others would. We love aprons, so a tutorial would be great! I just made my first Miss Madeline in the big girls size 7 and it was perfect! She absolutely loves it and I'll be making many more. Thanks for all your work and love your blog! Angie from Oregon

Madaline Jane said...

This is so cute!!!! I like collar A, but having both would not hurt. I'd love to test this.

Familia Stilwell said...

Do the tights come with the pattern? :) Love it!

cahmad said...

Oh, Samantha, you've done it again! What a sweet little dress. I want to do all (potential) versions - with collar and without, with apron and without. But I'm going to add my whine to the rest....how can I wait until spring?!

carolyn

Cindy said...

Samantha....I think both views are precious!!! Plus they give lots of variations for different tastes. I'd be happy to test and help you edit again. Just let me know. Take care!!!

Karen said...

I love a pattern with options. The collar is divine, but so is the first version.

Can I test?! Pleeeeze? Pretty pleeeeze? I'll be your best friend! Can you hear the whine?

jenn said...

I love both versions and can see making both! I love any kind of peter pan collar, especially edgedin piping! OH my love that.
You do great work, just really great!
jenn

Dawn said...

Oh Samantha...it's absolutely adorable!!! I am sure it's going to be a huge hit with us nutty mamas who just can't stop making adorable clothes for our little ones!!!

Karen said...

This is gorgeous and I already know what fabric I want to make it in!! (and I have to make two, with twins to keep happy!).
Personally I love it without the collar but if I put a collar on I would use the first one.
Still if others like view B maybe it could be an option??
Can't wait to see the finished product.

Anonymous said...

Oh SAM I love the one with her leggings showing! It reminds me of the wizard of Oz! ~Rae