fawn lily dress
May 20th, 2014
If you are interested in sewing kid’s clothes you have certainly by now heard of Willow & Co. It is a group of 8 amazing designers who have banded together to create seasonal children’s clothing pattern collections. Their first collection is called Wanderlust: Glamping Edition and it has been praised up and down the internet.
Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House invited me along on the Glamping Tour (thanks, Hayley!). I said yes right away and then took forever to decided what to make. There are dresses and tunics and ponchos and jumpsuits and oh! it was so hard to decide. In the end, I chose the Fawn Lily dress by Rock the Stitch. The design is absolutely lovely and the construction is incredibly clever.
One of the tricky things about this dress is picking what material you are going to use and where you are going to use it. If you do a quick google image search for Fawn Lily Dress you can see that the fabrics you choose can completely change the dress. The cap sleeves can be bold and contrasting or they can blend into the yoke and change the look of the dress entirely. I almost went that route (the sleeves and the yoke in the same fabric) with stripes for the top and big cats for the skirt. I still might make a dress with that awesome cat fabric, but for this one I decided to play with white & gray and bits of color.
I wanted the sleeves to be purple, but I didn’t want them to be PURPLE! So I split the sleeve pattern into two pieces. I love how it turned out and I’m happy it didn’t make the sleeve construction any more difficult–because wow! sewing the sleeves on this dress is kind of insane. This is what it looks like:
The sleeve construction on the Fawn Lily dress is like a fantastic magic trick. Unfortunately, you are performing a magic trick you have no idea how to do. Luckily there is no live audience watching you! Rebecca very patiently explains to you how to pull a rabbit out of the hat. I had to stuff the rabbit back in, pull it out, stuff it in, and pull it out until I got it right. Next time I make the dress, I will be a confident magician (and no rabbits will be harmed).
There are lots of lovely details in this dress: pockets, piping, bias trimmed seams, and those fantastic cap sleeves. There are also tons of ways to customize it. Just for the record I chose cap sleeves, cross over yoke, a-line skirt, above the knee length. But there is also a button up yoke, a pleated skirt, gathered skirt, pleated sleeve, and lots of different length options. Oh and the pattern goes from 12 months to 12 years. You could make so many many dresses from this one pattern.
And this pattern is just one from an amazing collection of patterns! Go check out the Glamping Lookbook to see all the patterns in the collection. And see all the other blogs who were part of the tour here: