Quick, easy and versatile are some of the best words to look for when choosing a pattern! The more versatile a pattern is, the more money you will ultimately save, because you can make many different things from the same pattern, and the easier it is the more likely you will be to make things from that pattern again. This pattern is free, which definitely meets the above criteria, and you can vary it to make it even more special. In general, a-line dresses and skirts are excellent blank canvases for your creativity. Experiment with embroidery, appliqué or novelty trims, make a belt out of self fabric or a ribbon, make each of the ruffles out of different fabric, etc.
Check out the differences in these two dresses, which were both made from the same pattern. (yes, that bag pattern is coming soon…)
(Did you notice my spring flowers are finally coming up?)
At first glance you may not think that this pattern could be a mix and match one to fit the theme of our sew-along, but consider these possibilities for coordinating it:
Shorten it a little and wear it over capris or shorts
Layer it over a T-shirt like a jumper (widen the armholes a little if necessary)
Layer it under the denim jacket
Ok, kinda off-topic and enabling here, but…an awesome deal I had to share: Tuesday Morning has some of the totally adorable Jun Planning Ai BJDs for $30 right now. Yes, seriously, $30! (they go for $100 and up elsewhere!) They are just 5″ tall, (same body as the very expensive “Pocket Fairy” BJDs) so they could easily be dolls for your 18″ dolls or a treat for yourself. You can justify it to your significant other by saying “I NEED them because I’m sure Jen’s going to post some fairy patterns for them soon!” (soon = sometime after the sew-along finishes)