This weeks Sunday sew is a few days late (obviously ha!) This weekend was a doozy for me Sunday in particular. Nothing bad just busy busy busy. I know that is how most people are right now. Man the holidays are nuts! Wonderful, but crazy! The lateness should in no way reflect my excitement about what I got to sew up this week. Erin from Brooklyn Pattern company emailed me asking if I wanted to give her Franklin Dress a try! I am always up for a new pattern!
The first time I sewed it up it was with very different fabric (I will eventually get pictures and post this). I did a poor job cutting the pattern and didn’t measure Evie first.
It ended up being way too big and resembled more a nightgown (which this would be SUCH a cute pattern to use for that as well in a soft flannel! Ding! Idea!). This trial run though ended up being the perfect inspiration though for what I REALLY wanted to make.
I have been gaga over THIS shop on etsy for a while and decided to see if I could use the Franklin Dress to Mimic my favorite little top of theirs.
The Black strip and solid cotton are all from Hobby Lobby. The triangle print is from Spoonflower and I kid you not I had only little scraps that I had saved and saved. I just need to break down and order some more ha!
Chloe’s dress is the exact Franklin pattern only I shortened it a good chunk and I downsized her to a size two, and I made a flutter sleeve instead of the 3/4 length it comes with.
I only did two buttons instead of three because they are GINORMOUS. I also removed the pleats and black double fold bias tape to finish the neckline and underarms.
On Evie’s I also removed the pleats because I didn’t want the triangle pattern to get lost in the pleating (otherwise I think the pleating looks gorgeous and I did it in the first dress I made). I used the front yolk facing on the outside as well (so I cut four pieces of it instead of two and none of the front yolk).
I also did the same flutter sleeves as on Chloe’s and again down sized her from a size five to a size three in some areas and four in length. I think I am going to go back and put a little elastic in the outside edge of those sleeves so they don’t look so pokey outy.
You guys I am just soooooo in love with how it turned out! I kept telling the girls how cute they looked until Evie finally said: “Mom we know they are your favorites its okay” ha!
The patterns instructions were very clear and it was easy to sew. I love all the details. I would be sure to measure your cutie before sewing and think about the ultimate look you are going for. The other dress I made is much flowier and roomier.
I wanted a more tailored look with this particular fabric hence the downsizing. But this wouldn’t always be the case.
Also make sure you are in the correct viewing mode when you print out the pattern. The first two times I printed it out it did not print the squares and letters/numbers to line everything up. I finally figured out I was in the wrong viewing mode.
The girls were super good while taking pictures for me and their requested reward was to eat all the mini marshmallows out of a jar of hot chocolate mix a neighbor had brought by.
I happily obliged. Easiest reward ever! And no, none of the chocolate powder ended up on my rug! It was a christmas miracle ha!
Thank you so much Erin for sending along your gorgeous pattern! Hopefully ya’ll don’t mind me showing off the other versions I made because I have several in mind ha!