Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mimi Dress Blog Tour

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Over here at Sew Cool for the Tween Scene, we were so excited to see this new pattern, the Mimi Dress and Shirt released by Filles a Maman!  Why were we so excited, you may ask...well it's because it happens to be a great tween pattern(it goes up to size 14!).  There are loads of options sure to satisfy any picky tween. It calls to be made out of knit, which is perfect for the ever changing and hard to fit tween bodies. And most of all it's a stylish, yet easy to sew pattern! Throw in that the pattern is well written and comes together beautifully and you have a winner in our books!
Thank you Filles a Maman for letting us be a part of your tour!
 As for my version...well here it is, although I did add a few changes.  The biggest change was that I made 2 dresses in 1 by making it reversible.  The actual pattern has a collar facing, which looks great on all of the pictures I've seen. I had plans on doing one, but when I realized the brown and white striped fabric, although a dream to touch because it was so soft, was terribly see through, I knew I'd either have to make a lining or my girl would need a slip (she's outgrown the one she has).
This got me thinking of what I could do and that is when I came up with the idea of instead of lining it, I would simply make it reversible. This really meant that I followed the instructions for the collar facing, but did it rather with a whole dress.
 For an added touch, instead of finishing the hems of the sleeves and bottom of the white side of the dress, I ruffled them by stretching the fabric while zigzagging over it (I think this is called lettuce edge hem). I finished the brown/white striped side with a simple hem and this allowed the ruffle to peek out from underneath...a detail my daughter loved. 
 And here you can see the white side.  You can kind of see the stripes through the white, but it makes it a little more interesting to look at. By making it reversible, the button ends up on the other shoulder when you flip it around. I also added a button to each side.
 As for my picky tween, she loves the dress and says it is super comfortable and perfect for summer. She wore it to church and kept it on afterwards, which is her way of saying she loves it...usually she is fast to change out of her dresses and church clothes.  There will definitely be more of these to come.
 Thanks again Filles a Maman for sharing this wonderful pattern with us and letting us be a part of your blog tour! You should head over to see what everyone else comes up with...she has an amazing line up!
She also has a great give-a-way going on as part of the tour, so hurry and check it out! 
Also, she's offering a discount code at her etsy store...just type in MIMITOUR20.

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  1. What an adorable dress on your daughter.

  2. What a cute dress. Love the lettuce sleeves and hem. Your gorgeous tween does look very pleased :)

  3. Beautiful job. What a smart idea to make it two sided.

  4. This is great, Sally {and, Mel, with a terrific pattern}! And.....ummmm....we know about that striped fabric as well :). We recently did a sleep sacque out of it. DEFINITELY needs a little more coverage for a tween!!


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