The Secret Garden Dress pattern is being released tomorrow! Squeal! I know a lot of you have been waiting for it. Wanna see mine?
The Secret Garden Dress Pattern
- Sleeveless, lined bodice with side zip
- Knee length skirt with peekaboo lining
- Attached bow with open center back & cascading flounce
- Size 2-10
My model measures a size 3T in her chest and waist, but she’s not quite 2 years old in this photo. My dress falls longer on a much younger baby; but if you check out the tester photos you’ll see that the dress is designed to fall about knee length. I sewed the dress exactly according to the pattern for an accurate test fitting. I love the way it looks with the extra length, and sweet little toes peeking out!
As for pattern testing on the Secret Garden Dress, it was a great experience. Since I had never worked with Deb or Allison, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is that I wanted to own this pattern before everybody else. I know that’s the worst reason to test a pattern; (because you want it right now, right freakin’ now!!)…but I’ve never claimed moral scruples here.
The minute I saw the tester call I was on it like white on rice. I signed up for a size 3, but I probably would’ve kidnapped someones child and sewed a different size if I needed to. It was that serious. When I got picked; I almost died of happy.
Pattern testing was involved, and I mean that in a good way. The girls were extremely detail oriented and I could tell that they wanted the Secret Garden Dress to be absolutely perfect. Testers each sewed a bodice muslins before the entire pattern was available. The neckline was lowered a nudge and they made sure the armcyes were a good fit in each size. I loved working so closely with other testers, and appreciate the work ethic of Deb & Allison.
I’d say an advanced beginner could handle this pattern. I didn’t struggle too much, and it’s more challenging than stuff I normally sew. I laid the back dress and flounce out to help me understand this magic. It’s simpler than it looks, and pretty genius too!
I’ve made another Secret Garden Dress that I’ll be showing you soon. Can’t wait! If you’re dying to sew this dress too, you can get it here:
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