Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Miss Mary:: View B



You know how important it is to me to be able to provide feminine, modest, yet stylish patterns for our older girls...well as far as Molly and Mary (my 12 year old sis-in-law) are concerned, this version of Miss Mary is a winner!



View B is a skirt that is slightly A-line instead of gathered. Molly likes it so much that she's already begging to wear it Sunday to church, that's a really good sign! It sort of reminds me of the shirtwaist dresses that I've read about in my Grace Livingston Hill novels. In dressy fabric it could be quite elegant, no?



Now I will explain some of the particulars that I sort of skipped in my excitement yesterday! Miss Mary has a lined bodice, but not skirt. It could easily be made reversible by adding a skirt to the lining, it would use up a good bit of fabric, but you would have the option nonetheless. The front skirts overlap almost completely so that modesty can be maintained, even with very active young maidens.



There are no buttons or zippers to fool with, just like the rest of my patterns. It comes together in about an hour and a half cutting and all, so quick and easy! I have a few more ideas too! I think it would be adorable to leave out the lining and finish the whole thing off with coordinating bias binding, or to add a small ruffle to the neckline and hem! With such a good basic design, it will be really easy to customize this one....So what do you think?

21 comments:

Leslie said...

I think that both the dress and your model are beautiful!

Meghann said...

I love it, it looks like something I could attempt!

Misty said...

I think it's a "winner" too! My daughter would love it. :)

Coralee said...

it's absolutely lovely!

DangitAnge said...

Oh, I love this big girl version too!!

Rebecca said...

I'm already picturing this on my 9 year old niece - love it!

Jean said...

You need a pattern tester right? Because I need this pattern ASAP.

Candace said...

Samantha this is just what I was looking for for my girls for Easter. I am making myself a Retro Butterick Walk Away wrap dress and I was wanting some thing simple for them as well...I am thinking that it might need a "Marygold" cousin with a gathered skirt for dressier occasions that require a crinoline.

I love it. There are so many simple ways that it could be added to, pleated shoulders, ruffles, lace, bias binding, big grosgrain bow, button closure, etc.

Mama Lusco said...

Wonderful! A ruffled neck & trim option would be darling. A contrasting fabric band at the bottom would look really nice with the straighter version, too. Love the versatility and wide range of sizes. If you need a tester I can sew :) Looking forward to this one!

laura said...

love it! I can't wait to try it! when will it be available?

Hayes said...

SWOON!It is perfect and fabulous. I volunteer to sew it in a 10 or 12!

KarenH said...

Samantha,

You've outdone yourself, that little dress is just precious!
Holler if you need a tester. I'd be willing to make any size you need. Caroline wears a 5-6 but we have little girls of all sizes at church. :)

Queen of Kim Chee Kingdom said...

I really like this design! I liked putting kimono tops/dresses on my girls when they were smaller but haven't found much for them as they've gotten bigger. I can't wait for your pattern to come out!

Renata said...

This is another beautiful style - you are so talented!
I like the red design for the younger girls, but think you are correct in straightening the skirt for older ones. Just beautiful work!

Cherishing My Days said...

Oh so pretty! Will both views be available in the big sizes (have you already said this?)? I thik my girls would like the option of either view.

Kimberly said...

Yep, it's a winner!

Desiree' said...

Oh, just beautfiul!! When can I order the pattern!! If you need a tester, I am in!!

little dresses said...

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Hey guys!

Yes! View B will be included in both size ranges!

xoxo,
Sam
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Nell said...

I like both views, Samantha, but I think I prefer A with the gathers. Now I just have to find someone to make it for! :)

Dawn said...

This is so adorable. As a mother of an 8 yr old and an 11 yr old I appreciate your attention to modesty. I think it would also be lovely with a gathered cap sleeve option as well.

MD said...

Love...love...LOVE this dress!