PDF pattern review: The Anneliese Dress

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Hello lovely sewing world!

I am kicking off my new blog with a review of the Anneliese Dress by MCM Studio Designs. I have recently discovered the world of pattern testing, in amongst the independent PDF pattern designers. I applied to test for this dress when the call came up and was delighted to be picked.

The Anneliese Dress by MCM Studio Designs. The pattern is a fairly simple, classic A-line style dress, with two sleeve options, long or short, and two front detail options, laced or tabbed. I chose the short sleeved version with tab front detail. The pattern ranges from Age 2 - 10 years.

My version was made up in Age 4, lengthened to Age 5. It seems a little snug in some of the pictures because my lovely daughter grew into the Age 5 size within the space of 3 weeks from measuring to the final dress! I used two cotton lawns to make this dress. The main print is pale blue, with pink leaves and buds scattered over it. I bought it last summer from Fabworks. The bright pink is a super fine weave lawn, which creases amazingly easily, but is also extremely soft to the touch. I've had this stashed for over a year. Both are very lightweight and floaty. It would be an excellent summer dress. Perhaps not so great for a wet and cold Cornish winter, but we all have to learn from slightly less than great decisions!

We managed to get a dry day with late afternoon sunshine for our photoshoot. It was a bit too chilly for a short sleeved dress really, but little Miss Layla was a star, and only played up to the cold once! Just after I snapped this outtake photo, she ran off to play with her friends, giggling. I don't think she was really that cold.

The back of the dress is finished with an invisible zip. There is also the option of a regular zip, but as I prefer the clean look of a successfully installed invisible zip, I went with that.

This dress looked superb gently draping over a long pettiskirt. It really set off the centre front panel. This dress would be perfect for winter here in a fine needlecord, to give it more warmth and body.... and of course, I'd have to triple check Layla didn't have another growth spurt, mid sew!

The pattern is currently on sale, half price, through 18th December 2016, or how about I make one up for you?

Let me know in the comments what you think of this sweet little dress.
Thats all for today, thanks for stopping by and reading, Saskia.

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  1. So pretty, Saskia! Thanks for testing the Anneliese. I have enjoyed working with you. :)

    1. Thanks for having me! And next time, I will make sure that my daughter hasn't grown a full size from application to sewing it up!

  2. Beautiful Saskia and congratulations on your new blog!

    1. Thank you. It's all very exciting this blogging world :)