Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pattern review: Brynnberlee Brooke Dress

Another one of my previous creations rather than something I sewed this week. 

Two pretty princesses aka best friends!

Brynnberlee Brooke Dress

I discovered Brynnberlee (Facebook and Etsy) patterns a couple of years ago and they are just darling. I love the simplicity of the pattern as it comes together yet the little extra details on each dress make them look just that little bit special! Does that even make sense? Basically – an easy construction with great instructions but extra features which give it the wow factor!

Miss S (right) is wearing a size 4 and Miss A (left) is
wearing a size 3. Both where three in this photo.
The pattern is sized from 18 months to 5 years. This particular dress is quite short but on purpose. More a short school girl or vintage tunic. If you wanted something longer you could easily add a couple of inches to the skirt length without an issue.

There is a fair bit of ironing and careful sewing to make sure your pleats look perfect. I learnt a lesson to pin my pleats a little further down after basting when you add to the bodice – just to make sure they don’t move at all.

I love that this dress looks great as a summer pinny but add a long sleeve top and tights and it is perfect for winter too. Not all dresses lend themselves to being a winter dress. Some just look too summery, right?

I adore this red Bonnie and Camille fabric!
Will I make this again? - absolutely. I made lots of these for my last summer collection and they are just lovely. 

Will I make this to sell for Lil Pip? – I already do!

Pattern: Brynnberlee Brooke Dress available in Brynnerberlee Etsy Shop

Show us your jewels!!

Difficulty (1-10 scale with 1 being easy and 10 hard): 5 as I don’t find making clothing hard but there are a few steps to ensure that it all sits nicely with the pleats, flutter sleeves and buttonholes.

Time: I usually make a few different sizes at a time so do all my cutting, then sew it all together. It would probably take about 1 – 1.5 hours in total.
I can't remember the name of this fabric
and it is bothering me. Anyone remember?

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