Monday, May 30, 2016

Pattern Review: Hummingbird Dress

Today we have review of a lovely summer dress.  Nell is sharing her tween version of the Hummingbird Dress that she modified to fit her daughter's tastes.


My daughter Isabella, has a book of "fashion designs" (her words) and I try to make her designs for her. 
She has a tiny waist so it is really hard to find store bought clothing that fits her well. :) She has pretty amazing designs and I need to learn to digitize patterns. She wants to have a clothing line for tweens and teens.  :) She is a pretty cool kid. LOL 

Name of the patternHummingbird Dress by Rabbit Rabbit

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Pattern Source: Rabbit Rabbit Creations (an Etsy shop)  It is available as a pdf for only $7.00

Sizes available: 1-12

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Special materials required:
 - For the EVERYDAY dress, I suggest using medium weight cottons or poly/cotton blends. I used quilting cotton for both the skirt and bodice.

 - For the DRESS UP dress, I used quilting cotton for the bodice and straps and voile for the top skirt, and lawn for the bottom skirt. You will need something light and airy for the top skirt.

 - For the SOMETHING SPECIAL, I recommend a basic satin/silk lining fabric for the bodice (with whatever you wish to use as an overlay on the front) and use the same fabric for the base skirt with chiffon for the top skirt.

sewing pattern review

Skill level required:  Beginner

It is a really cute pattern that can be sewn for an everyday spring/summer dress to a special occasion by choosing different fabrics and lengths. 

Did you deviate from the pattern?  If yes, how?

Yes.  I added to the bodice width and length to fit my daughter’s chest.  I subtracted 10” to the length to make it look more of a tank dress and added a red grosgrain ribbon.

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Good:  It worked really good! Now that I graded the bodice I can make any length skirt to fit the occasion.

Bad: N/A

Ugly: Nothing

Overall pattern rating: 5/5 bolts 

Thank you Nell for sharing your tips to make this dress even more tween friendly!