Madeline Dress

Miss B, the lover of all things with pockets, has a new dress which she adores.

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Miss B is going through a defiant stage at the moment (big sigh) and getting reasonable photos of her wearing the said dress was quite a challenge.  So, please excuse the grubby food face, swimming pool hair and her insistence on wearing a t-shirt and skirt (which you can’t see) underneath the dress.

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This is the Madeline Dress by Wink Designs available as a pdf download in sizes 1 – 8.

I’ve been wearing my ‘pattern testing’ hat again and I had great fun making this dress.  There were a couple of ‘firsts’ for me on this make.  My first fully lined bodice (I’m astounded I haven’t done this before!).  My first  peter pan collar…

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and my first back bodice button closure.

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When constructing the peter pan collar…

  • I wanted to ensure that the seam was on the under-side of the collar (rather than on the edge) so I allowed for the turn of cloth.  What is the turn of cloth?  Andrea from Four Square Walls explains it in step 3 of this post, or you can read an article on this topic by Threads Magazine.  I’ve used ‘turn of cloth’ in my bag making before (think patch pockets and pocket flaps) and I’m a big fan!
  • I utilised Megan Nielsen’s great tip about trimming the seam allowances of curved collars with pinking shears.  I love this shortcut!

I’ll definitely be making more of these dresses.  I think they are perfect for parties, plays in the park and lounging on the couch.  What more could you want in little girls dress?

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Please note, that since I made this version the ‘skirt’ part of the dress has been lengthened on all sizes by 2 inches.

Pattern:  Madeline Dress by Wink Designs available as a pdf download in sizes 1 – 8
Size:  4
Fabric Main: 
Daisy Tango from Kelani Fabric Obsession.  The blue colourway is still available.
Fabric Contrast:  Spotlight (I think!)
Fabric Lining:  Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton from Kelani Fabric Obsession
Buttons:  Purchased from The Button Shop
Alterations:  I made the pockets out of the contrast fabric.  The pattern suggests that only the pocket flaps be made out of the contrast fabric.

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