Friday Dress from Petit a Petit

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You know the party isn't over, right? The Sewing Block party, a month long blog tour featuring Petit a Petit patterns, is still going strong!

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In addition to a bunch of gorgeous inspiration sewing from these bloggers...

Nov. 1st – Sweetkm | Nov. 2nd – The Sara Project | Nov. 3rd – La Folie | Nov. 4th – Hello Holli | Nov. 5th – Chalk and Notch | Nov. 6th – Sewing Like Mad | Nov. 7th – Beatnik Kids | Nov. 8th – Stitched Together | Nov. 9th – Coffee and Thread | Nov. 10th – Made by Toya | Nov. 11th – Stahlarbeit | Nov. 12th – Lily en Woody | Nov. 13th – My Petite Sophie | Nov. 14th – Handmade Frenzy | Nov. 15th – Paisley Roots | Nov. 16th – While she was sleeping | Nov. 17th – My Cozy co | Nov. 18th – A Jennuine Life | Nov. 19th – Knee Socks and Goldilocks | Nov. 20th – Sanae Ishida | Nov. 21st – Little Cumquat | Nov. 21st – Needle and Ted | Nov. 22nd – Gaafmachine | Nov. 23rd – Craftstorming | Nov. 24th – Made by Sara | Nov. 25th – Buzzmills | Nov. 26th – Bartacks and Singletrack | Nov. 27th – Moineau & Petit Pois | Nov. 28th – Naii | Nov. 29th – Just Add Fabric | Nov. 30th – Mie Made Memories | Enjoyful Makes | Dec. 1st – Petit a Petit and Family

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I posted at the beginning of the month for my official stop, but I'm coming back to the party today to share these two dresses- a soon to be released Friday Dress, and a Sunki/Friday dress mash up! I had a Friday dress in mind for the tour all along, but since it was still in the testing phase I decided to wait for a few kinks to be worked out before I sewed it up, so instead I made these Ash pants I posted about earlier this month.

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I bought these amazing fabrics, both double gauze, and one other Nani Iro double gauze print, from Imagine Gnats, who is a sponsor of the tour. I love buying from her because I know she stocks quality fabrics and she ships super fast! My qualms with buying fabric online are 1) I'm afraid I won't like the feel of the fabric, and 2) I hate waiting. Since I know the fabric Rachael stocks is quality and she ships so fast, I'm always confident buying from her! I bought my three fabrics to coordinate for family pictures, and while I didn't get to sew the Tip Top romper hack I had planned with the third print (I tried, but Lucy is just too small for the smallest size still... so look for that hack in a few months when she grows in to it!) I still used all three fabrics to coordinate for our family pictures which were taken last week. I love how beautifully the double gauze drapes, how luxurious it looks, and how utterly wearable it is, even for young kids. If you like sewing wovens but hate how wrinkly quilting cotton can be, you should definitely try double gauze. There are lots of options in the Imagine Gnats shop. Thank you Rachael for sponsoring the tour!

So you want to see the dresses, right?

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The Friday Dress is a classic shirt dress with tons of options! I opted for a bow collar and full length placket with gathered skirt for Caroline's Friday dress, but there are options for mandarin, pointy, or rounded collar, A line skirt, full or half placket, back pleat or back gathers... you get the idea. Chary's dress is a mash up, using the skirt portion of the Friday Dress and a modified Sunki Dress bodice. I wanted Charly's to be a bit different so they weren't too matchy for family pictures, but in retrospect I wish I would have done a full Friday Dress because it's just so sweet looking, and the fuzzy vest would have given enough difference to not be too matchy. Full details on each dress are listed below!

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My girls are IN LOVE with these dresses- the twirl factor on the gathered skirt is perfection. I love the shaping of this skirt- everything is impeccably drafted. The back waist is higher than the front as I'd expect on a well drafted pattern, to account for bum coverage. The gathers are expertly placed for maximum twirl without too much bulk... essentially, I'd use this skirt portion for a hack again because I just love the shape!

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Pattern: Friday Dress pattern, soon to be released from Petit a Petit, option B with bow collar, gathered skirt, back pleat

Fabric: Double Gauze light plum from Imagine Gnats

Size: 3/4

Her measurements: in inches below

Chest- 21

Waist- 20

Hip- 21.5

Height- 41

Mods: 

-did a narrow hem to add length for my tall girl

-used fabric covered KAM snaps for the closure

-omitted the sleeve elastic

-did an inverted pleat at the back

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Pattern: Friday Dress from Petit a Petit and Sunki Dress from Figgy's mash up

Fabric: Nani Iro Pocho double gauze from Imagine Gnats (this color way is no longer available, but several others are)

Size: 5

Her measurements: in inches below

Chest- 21

Waist- 20

Hip- 23.5

Height- 44

Mods: 

-fully lined the bodice and skirt instead of doing a facing on the bodice

-opted for a solid bodice rather than color blocked. I overlapped the pattern pieces and traced to create the new bodice pattern with blocking.

-narrowed the sleeves

I'm definitely excited to have the Friday Dress in my arsenal! I'll sew this one again, for sure! There are few long sleeve woven dresses in the indie pattern world, and to have one so detailed and versatile means this pattern can get lots of use! It would make a fantastic holiday dress.

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As we prepare for Thanksgiving here in the US, I can't help but thank all of you who follow along in my creative pursuits. Thank you for encouraging me, for supporting me, and for being my friends. I'm so lucky to have this wonderful online community! You mean the world to me. Thank you!!