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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!!

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.

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