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Love Notions Everyday Playdress Review

Here's a review of the Everyday Playdress pattern from Love Notions that I did for Pattern Revolution.
This pattern is a fast sew and the result is a very cute, comfy dress to PLAY in!
Pattern details:
*Sized 18m to 7/8
*Rated beginner
* 23 pages long with 8 nested pattern pieces to print (dimensions are given for cutting skirt pieces)
*Photos at EVERY step for clear directions (incl. charts for finished measurements & fabric requirements)
*Knit fabrics with option of woven skirt
*Two bodice styles: crossover or standard
*Two sleeve lengths: short or long
 

As you can see in these photos it definitely is a great play dress and my daughter loved running and twirling in it.
The options I chose for this dress were short sleeves, crossover bodice, and woven skirt.  I had two sweet vintage fabrics that weren't enough for a skirt alone so I made the skirt with both!  I then added a trim piece to the front and back where the fabrics joined and I liked the bohemian feel of the skirt.
I really wanted a nice casual dress that my daughter could wear in the summer and be comfy and just enjoy summer and being a kid.  This dress fits the bill! 
My daughter is a petite 6 year old and I made the size 6.  The bodice is a bit big on her but I really think I stretched the blue rib knit a bit.  I'm still pretty new to sewing with knits and this fabric stretched a lot on me.  Still learning!!!!  The dress is supposed to fall right under knee and it might be a bit longer on my shortie.  So possibly the dress is roomy for the sizing but I would have to make another one to be sure.  (but I also love the clothes I make to be big so they can wear it longer!)

One thing I love about the pattern is how you can do different fabrics for both sides of the crossover bodice and sleeves, mixing anything you want!  I really loved this, it's a great way to incorporate more colors and patterns which is the look I like.

Another thing I love about this pattern is that the skirt can be woven.  I have so much woven fabric and not much knit so I am really happy to raid my stash when I can. 

Also only 8 pattern pages to print is AMAZING!  They are nested and match up easily.
I think all in all this is a wonderful pattern for casual play, while of course, looking very adorable.  As my daughter gets older, comfort is the number one thing she cares about so I really appreciate a cute, comfy style like this Everyday Playdress. 
This is not the first pattern I've used from Love Notions.  I was lucky enough to test her new Trendy Tunic and it's now one of my very favorites!  So as you can see, Tami is very talented!!
-ellen

Minnie Mouse Dress for Disneyland

For our trip to Disneyland in Feb I made a sweet Minnie Mouse dress from the Junebug pattern from Craftiness is Not Optional.  I love how it turned out!  I think Minnie liked it too.
We met Mickey!
 
Paige loves to get her face painted.  She picked a dragon which I thought was so funny.
In Minnie's house.
I used this sweet purple polka dot fabric that I had in my stash.  I made the black covered buttons extra large for Minnie style.  They are so big that they don't have buttonholes so I have to slip the dress over her head.  It works fine.
I put a mouse head outline on the back with my ellzabelle label in the middle.
We LOVE Toontown.
I made the Minnie ears from a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  It was so easy and had everything I needed already!
The kids got along so well the entire trip!  It's such a joy to have a 6 and 8 year old.  So easy for the most part (minus the bickering....).
 
This was our second trip to Disneyland and it was so wonderful.
-ellen

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