Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Petite Stitchery & Co.:Maize Dress

I am so happy to share the dress I made with the new Maize pattern from Petite Stitchery & Co.! It is part of the Fall Collection releasing today from the brand new pattern company. Petite Stitchery & Co. is comprised of three fabulous and talented pattern designers. Laura Scaramella, Gemia Carroll, and Ashley Herrman have come together in an effort to offer us pdf pattern lovers, something a little unique. There will be a new collection released for each season that will be made up of patterns that work well together and can be mixed and matched. There will also be fun mini collection releases as well. So this excites me. A lot! Many of the patterns have different options and variations available. This is great because you can make so many different outfits using the patterns from a particular collection and really get more bang for your buck. If you have more than one little girl, I love the idea of using different variations of the patterns to suit each one while still keeping a similar style. They can coordinate without matching exactly. So fun!

The patterns include the layers feature that allows you to print only the size you need which is my favorite feature ever. The pattern pieces are nested which brings down the number of pages you have to print which just so happens to be the other thing that I get excited about when looking to buy a new pattern. The instructions in the tutorials are clear, simple, and easy to follow. 

So, lets talk about the pattern I tested! Maize can be made as a dress or tunic with several sleeve options, and two hem options. It features a keyhole button closure, gathered sleeves with bands and optional inseam pockets. I tested the dress length with the curved hem and long sleeves. The curved hem slopes up at the sides and I really love that unique feature. I had to make the pockets so that Lilly had somewhere to store the rocks and beautiful fall leaves she loves to collect. There were suggestions and instructions to add trim and details included in the pattern too. I feel like when I first started sewing, I concentrated so hard on learning new techniques that I forgot about adding in those fun details so I think this is a great feature! 

I have had this fabric in my stash for quite a while because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to make with it. The pattern just felt so boho so, I added the brown suede trim at the waist line and the crochet trim in that geo design was the perfect touch on the bodice and hem. I even used suede for the cuffs. I was a little unsure of myself when I first came up with this combo, but it worked out really well. The perfect fall dress! 

The full Fall Collection from Petite Stitchery & Co. is available now!  You are going to love them all and they will make a great addition to your pattern collection. 

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