This will be the last post about pattern testing for a little while at least. But, even though this is the last, it is certainly not the least! This is Anneliese, a new pattern by MCM Studio Designs.
This pattern is a dress, a very princess-y style dress with a classic and slightly heirloom vibe.
The dress comes with two different bodice options, and two different sleeve lengths. I made this one up for Mathilda with short sleeves and a tabbed bodice.
There is lots of opportunity to style this dress in your own way.
I chose to colour-block this dress by using a different fabric for the centre panels. This was a popular choice amongst the other testers too.
I used a couple of coordinating laces to further highlight the different sections of the dress, using a wider cream lace on the outer skirt and sleeves, and a narrow lace on the inner skirt and bodice sections.
I was going to make some piping to accentuate the point where the different fabrics meet, but I found this dainty ric rac in my box of assorted notions and it was a perfect colour match, so I used that instead. It was a bit fiddly, as I inserted the ric rac between the seams and all the way around the neck – so its also in between the outer and the bodice lining.
I like the result though, it was worth the fiddling.
I did the tabbed front, and chose some painted wooden butterfly buttons. They work well with the overall feel of this dress.
Mathilda wanted to be a “nature princess”, although she was a bit vague on what exactly that is. It took a fair bit of questioning to determine that she is after a kind of junior “Mori Girl” look.
I let Mathilda choose this fabric. When I bought it I didn’t pay too much attention, and thought it was a printed chambray. So, when I got it home I threw it in the washing machine and set it to wash and tumble dry (I have a combo machine – love it!).
It wasn’t until after I took it out, all nice and dry, that I realised it wasn’t chambray at all – its actually double gauze. Its so soft, I’ve never worked with double gauze before, but now I can see what all the hype is about, its truly a gorgeous fabric. Fortunately, I have quite a bit of each of the colour ways left over, so I’ll be able to make some more gorgeous things out of it.
I found these shoes at a warehouse sale – when I saw them I knew that they would be a perfect match for this dress.
The dress has an invisible zipper at the back. I think that this is the best one I’ve ever done.
The sleeve has a nice little puff at the shoulder – but not too big, just the right size to be princessy without being overdone. This is quite a ladylike dress.
The length is designed to fall just below the knee, I made Mathilda a size 7 and this is just about right.
She is very happy with her “Nature Princess” dress.
Where to get it?
The pattern is available for purchase directly from MCM Studio Designs, it is currently on sale with a generous 50% off, no code needed, but only until 18 December 2016.
Please, also check out the MCM Studio Designs page on facebook for more beautiful creations by the other testers of this pattern and the other beautiful MCM Studio designs.
Thanks for reading.