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The Cottage Mama Pattern Tour

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

When invited to participate in the Cottage Mama's Pattern Tour, I couldn't have been more eager.  Having been an admirer of Lindsay's designs for ages, I was super excited to make one of her dresses for my girl.  Her shop is full of beautiful vintage-inspired outfits, but I especially fell in love with the Georgia Vintage Dress.

Here is Lindsay's description of this lovely dress:

The Georgia Vintage Dress was inspired by a favorite dress worn by my mother in the late 1950’s. It is a dress with many possibilities and options, yet has timeless classic appeal. View A, the Georgia Vintage Dress, features a piped bib front bodice finished with decorative buttons and sweet pointed collar. The skirt is double layered for extra fullness and has a waist sash that is gathered on the sides for a large bow tied in the back of the dress. Dress closes with buttons on the bodice back. View B is the Georgia Vintage Dress without the bib front. View C, features the Georgia Vintage Dress without the ruffle sleeve and View D, mirrors View A, yet features a single layer skirt. There are so many ways to use this pattern and you will have many opportunities to make it your own.

For my Georgia Vintage Dress, I decided to combine a couple of the views, and made it sleeveless with one skirt layer.  The hot & humid weather we've been experiencing here made me choose comfort over design, but the double skirt and adorable ruffle sleeves are calling to me, too!

The pattern is available in both paper and pdf in sizes 6 months to 10 years.  The size 2 fit my daughter perfectly (she's 2 1/2).  I would agree with the indicated skill level stating this pattern is great for confident beginners.  There are some very useful techniques in the dress construction, including french seams for the skirt.  Lindsay's instructions and photographs are very clear making this pattern a pleasure work with.  And when you're done making the dress, you can head to the kitchen and make Grandma Marge's Apple Crumb Pie (recipe included in the cool is that?!?!)!   

On October 7, Lindsay's new book, Sew Classic Clothes for Girls will be released, with pre-orders being taken starting next month.  This is one book that I can't wait to get my hands on.

Here's where you can enjoy more of the Cottage Mama's patterns along the tour.

16 comments on "The Cottage Mama Pattern Tour"
  1. GORGEOUS!!!! I love love love this!!!

    1. Thank you soooooo much, Suzanne! :)

  2. Too cute! Love your fabric choice, Heidi!

  3. It looks SO great, Heidi!! My favorite part is that you chose such different fabrics than the pattern cover, yet they work beautifully together. That's why I love designing patterns. It's so fun to see how everyone uses the same base pattern, but comes up with something completely different! Great job and thanks for being part of the tour :)

  4. I love your fabric choice here and the styling choices fit the fabric so well. The photo on Lindsay's blog brought me here and I am now following. Nice work!

  5. How adorable?! I love that big bow!

  6. Looks beautiful! Great job, Heidi!

  7. Adorable!!! Love the piping in the bodice.

  8. Gorgeous! I've had this book in my Amazon cart for awhile!

  9. This is adorable! Beautiful fabric choices, and I love the buttons.

  10. Love it! Can't wait for that book to be released!

  11. Oh I love this dress. I'm off to put the book on my wishlist!

  12. Gorgeous take on this dress - do love the yellow bow at the back and the colors look perfect on your darling girl!

  13. I love everything about this - the collar, the piping, the purple and yellow combination - but the bow is the killer touch. Perfection!


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