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Montrose Dress PDF Pattern Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Montrose Dress is a versatile, classically designed dress that is sure to delight! Its vintage inspired silhouette is perfect to showcase fabric with luxurious drape and body. The full circle skirt will create the perfect twirling dress your girl will love. The bodice has a full lining, raglan style cap sleeves, and is enclosed with an invisible zipper. Accent the Montrose with an optional waistband or neckline ruffle or add the inseam pockets. There are many possibilities to create a one-of-a-kind, extra special dress.













Sizes: 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 years
- 38 page pdf document with full colour photographs and diagrams
- numbered, step-by-step instructions
- prints on both standard 8.5X11" and A4 paper
- includes both imperial and metric measurements
- finished garment measurements chart
- full-size pattern pages
- pattern sizes are colour coordinated and have individual line styles (print in black and white OR colour)
- clear instructions for printing only the size(s) you need using PDF layers
- 3/8 (1cm) seam allowances included
- no serger needed
- link to pattern instantly delivered to your Paypal account e-mail once payment processed

This pattern was meticulously tested by some very dedicated testers. Their feedback was a huge part in making this pattern come together.  View their Montrose Dresses HERE.

Montrose Dress Testers' Photos

The new Montrose Dress is almost ready for release, but before it goes live, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the testers who did an amazing job providing the valuable feedback and suggestions that made this pattern possible.

Extra special thanks to: Azniza, Carrie, Crystal, Delphine, Emily, Faten, Florence, Jackie, Katrien C, Katrien V, Krissy, Kristen, Magda, Marjolein, Melisa, Melissa, Ondinneke, Pawinee, Sandra, Ummi, and Zoe.

Here are some of their beautiful Montrose Dresses:



Carrie 



Emily 

Faten 

Florence 


Katrien V 


Krissy 



Melissa 







Thanks again, Ladies! And thank you to your lovely daughters as well. 

The Montrose Dress is available HERE.

Fabric by Contrado

Friday, March 9, 2018



If you're ever looking for high quality fabric printing, I highly recommend Contrado. I have had the pleasure of ordering fabric printing from them in the past, and every time, they have exceeded my expectations. 

There are so many fabrics to choose from at Contrado, that you're sure to find what you need for any project. I find it's very difficult to find special occasion fabrics with prints. Everything I see in local fabric stores is typically solid colours, so this made my decision fairly easy. I chose some gorgeous taffeta and then went in search of a print.

I always try to pick something very unique that I've never seen before. When I was browsing a stock photo purchasing site, I came across this gorgeous flower (I think it's a peony?) on a black background and knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Creating a design on the Contrado website is a very easy process. The design is uploaded and then you decide how you want it to look on your fabric. Mine is tiled using the image tools on the design page.



Within a week, my package from Contrado arrived with my perfectly printed fabric! I'm always so amazed to see my designs come to life exactly the way I imagined them. Just as described on the website, the taffeta had a beautiful sheen and body to it that's perfect for dress making. It's so very luxurious! My newly printed fabric inspired my newest pattern, the Montrose Dress, which will release later this month. 

My daughter loves her new dress! Her exact words when she tried it on were "I feel like a princess!". With the sheen and drape of the fabric, it's easy to see why!











Without any hesitation, I would recommend Contrado for any sort of fabric printing. I know my daughter will cherish this dress always and it's definitely heirloom quality. The process is so enjoyable from beginning to end and the turnaround is super fast, you can have your fabric in hand in just days.  Having seen samples of all the options, I would feel confident ordering any of their wide variety of available fabrics. Contrado will always be my go-to stop for fabric printing.


Flora Dress & Tunic Tour - Creative Needle & Threads

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
We've come to the last day of the tour!  It's been so inspiring to see the makes of these super talented sewing bloggers over the past week. Today, Maria is sharing this stunning Flora dress for her sweet daughter. Isn't it fantastic?! Get all the details and check out her amazing photos at  Creative Needle & Thread.


Flora Dress & Tunic Tour - Pear Berry Lane

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Pear Berry Lane is today's stop on the Flora Dress & Tunic Tour. When I saw Cassy's photos, they instantly put a smile on my face, and it's easy to see why! Here's her adorable daughter modelling this festive Flora tunic. Doesn't she look all ready for the holidays?! Head over to Pear Berry Lane for more.


Flora Dress & Tunic Tour - Liesellove, So Cal Sewing Mom, and Just Add Fabric

Monday, December 4, 2017
Happy December! How quickly times has flown and we are in the last month of the year!

Today is a treat because there are three beautiful Floras to admire!

Lies from Liesellove has made this perfect Flora for her adorable little one. Go see more at Liesellove!

Then head over to So-cal Sewing Mom and see the beautiful tunic Janice made. The contrasting details take this Flora to another level!


And don't miss out on Emi's stunning linen Flora. She's got more beautiful photos of it over at Just Add Fabric. The contrasting unicorn double gauze paired with the pink linen is so perfect!





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