I've had my eyes on this beautiful Millie Dress pattern for a while now. I even went and downloaded the original version but my little beanpole of a girl outgrew the size range before I had a chance to make it. Happily for me the lovely designer, Nicky of Mix it Make it, has updated the pattern and it now comes in sizes 2-12 - Hurrah! When she asked whether I would like to be part of the international blog tour to celebrate the release of the English version of the pattern I quite naturally jumped at the chance!
Summer is in full swing down under so I decided to hack my Millie Dress a little to make a sleeveless version. It was a really simple alteration - I just turned the seam allowance to the wrong side and stitched it down, exactly the same as the neckline. Super easy.
I used a beautiful soft See You at Six French terry which I have recently become completely obsessed with. I blame MaaiDesign for introducing me to it and enabling my addiction! It's just so lovely to work with and so heavenly to wear. Each time I make something from it my kids put the clothes on and say 'Oooooh, yes! I love this one!' I can't get enough of this beautiful pink with gold paint strokes on it.
I think this may well be one of Ella's favourite things that I have ever made for her. Pretty, Twirly, Comfy. What more could a girl want?
The pattern is beautifully drafted and the instructions are clear and simple. I made the mistake of getting a little over excited and accidentally cut the front and back bodice along the ruffle insertion lines before joining them at the shoulders. I spent about 2 minutes kicking myself and then decided to just try sticking them back together with washi tape before sewing and what do you know - it worked a treat! Washi tape for the win every time!
There will certainly be more Millie Dresses in our future. I've already got a long sleeved version planned for autumn in this lovely April Rhodes fabric. Any dress that makes you want to dance and twirl is a winner in my opinion! (Click through the images above to see more dancing and twirling!)
If you'd like to see more Millie Dresses go and take a look at the beautiful creations by the other lovelies on the Millie Dress Blog Tour: