Friday, July 24, 2015

Sewing Pattern Review- Rabbit Rabbit Creations- Windswept Maxi Dress

Posted by Heather at Friday, July 24, 2015

I was recently asked to review a lesser-known PDF sewing pattern from Rabbit Rabbit Creations (of the "Hummingbird Dress" fame). This Australian designer is wildly popular in the sewing groups and forums online. So, I felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to try them out for myself.

I chose to sew up the Windswept Maxi Dress. Lil' Miss loves the idea of a "neck tie" (aka, a halter top that ties at the neck) and she loves to feel "fancy" in long, flowing maxi dresses. The Windswept Maxi Dress fits both of those requirements!

First, let's go over some of the Windswept Maxi Dress pattern basics;
-The Windswept Maxi Dress is written for sizes 3-12.
-The Windswept Maxi Dress has no pattern pieces to print/tape/cut out. (I LOVE PDF sewing patterns that just use measurements and a cutting chart!!)
-The Windswept Maxi Dress features a "...halter neck tie closure....bias cut...." (A huge win for Lil' Miss!)

-Fabric requirements, shaping chart and sizing chart are included in the beginning of the PDF sewing pattern.

I sewed up a size six. My fabric (main and lining) was purchased locally from Hancock Fabrics. It is a chiffon-esque fabric bought off the clearance table. The Windswept Maxi Dress instructions call for a rolled hem. However, I haven't quite mastered a great rolled hem, so I decided to just finish neatly with bias tape.

For patterns that I am sewing for the first time, I ALWAYS read over the pattern instructions before I start sewing. So, before starting into the Windswept Maxi Dress, I read through the instructions. I'll admit- I was confused!! There are written instructions and pictures to go with each step.

I'm a visual learner who also learns by doing. So, after my initial perusal of the Windswept Maxi Dress instructions, I decided to just start in and hopefully things would be cleared up as I started sewing. Even after starting to sew the Windswept Maxi Dress, I was still confused!

So...... I decided to email Jasmin, the talent and brains behind Rabbit Rabbit Creations. She answered my plea for help (with minimal lag time, due to the time difference- yay- thank you!!) with some more specific instructions and I was able to proceed and complete my very first Rabbit Rabbit Creations!

Well...... what do you think...?!

Just look at that beautiful, flowing Windswept Maxi Dress! Lil' Miss is in LOVE with her new dress!! Just look at the twirl factor! Lil' Miss loves that it has a "train." (It's a bit long on her, but she doesn't seem to mind!).

Would you like to create a Windswept Maxi Dress of your own? Or, would you like to try another Rabbit Rabbit Creations? Jasmin has kindly agreed to give away a three pattern pack (including the Windswept Maxi Dress PDF sewing pattern and two other Rabbit Rabbit Creations PDF sewing patterns, of the winner's choice) to one lucky winner of All Things Katy! Just enter the rafflecopter below. The winner will be chosen on July 31. Good luck and happy sewing!!

(Hubby said he wasn't ready for her to look so grown up- I agree!)

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern from Rabbit Rabbit Creations in order to review this pattern The opinions expressed here are my own."***


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