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Hey there! I’m super excited to share a special project that has been in the works for months! Megan of Made for Mermaids has been working tirelessly on her newest line of PDF sewing patterns – the Dreamy Collection. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the testing process for this amazing collection of sewing patterns! The much anticipated first pattern of the collection is FINALLY here and it is a showstopper! The Juliette dress is a stunning, elegant, special occasion dress that can also be made into a casual everyday top, dress, or maxi!
Here are the details for the Juliette dress pattern:
Sizes 1/2 (9-12 months) through girl’s 14
Halter top with enclosed back elastic
Fully lined front bodice
Top, Dress, or Maxi lengths
Optional tiered ruffles
Twirly full circle skirt
This sweet, elegant dress is PERFECTION. It is girly and feminine, twirly, and can be styled in many different ways! It’s great for flower girls, photoshoots, and other special occasions. If you leave off the optional ruffles, it is also an extremely quick sew! I love the fact that it gave me a great excuse to do a special photoshoot with Maci! She will be turning 5 soon (noooo!!) and this dress couldn’t be more fitting for birthday photos.
I am lucky to live in the gorgeous state of Utah, surrounded by picturesque mountains and lakes. We loaded the family in the car and took a drive up the American Fork Canyon to Tibble Fork, where I took these photos. For Maci’s dress, I did a size 5 maxi length, and in the end, decided to leave off the ruffles. I originally planned on doing them, but I loved the simple elegance of the dress without the ruffles. Go check out the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group to see TONS of stunning photos of every version of the pattern! The ruffled version is amazing and I will definitely be making at least one with ruffles!
I struggled trying to decide on the fabric for this dress. I know how much work and planning Megan put into this collection (and any pattern she creates) and I really wanted to do it justice! I ended up choosing this metallic gold performance fabric for the bodice, and an ivory venezia performance fabric for the skirt. I couldn’t find the ivory fabric online, but this link is for another color of the same type of fabric. I picked up both fabrics at my favorite local hangout.. Joann’s. 😉
I also picked up this beautiful peachy/orange-ish Ranunculus floral bush from Joann’s to make this flower crown. I just popped the flower heads off the stems, hot-glued them in a row onto a strip of felt, hot glued about 17.5″ of foldover elastic to created the headband, and then added another strip of felt over the elastic so it’s extra secure. (and soft on her forehead!) It was really easy and pretty inexpensive, and turned out better than I had imagined!
And now, for a little picture overload…
It was so exciting having this creative challenge to create a special occasion dress, and then style and shoot a special “dreamy” photoshoot for it! I really love how everything turned out and I will certainly cherish this dress and these photos forever!
The Juliette Dress Pattern is on sale for only $7 through Sunday 3/20/2016 at midnight CST. There will be other patterns released as part of the Dreamy Collection throughout the year, but the best sale prices will be for the individual pattern releases! Just a heads up 🙂