There once was a time when I wore stilettos with everything, but these days I need flats to chase a curious toddler around. I care more about comfort these days, but I still want to look polished while I crawl around and explore the world with Lo.
As fall approached, I started searching for new patterns that would work with this new stage in life, and that’s how I discovered Cali Faye Collection. I read various blogs posts that showcased the Perri Pullover for women, and I instantly fell in love with all of Sarah’s patterns. I love the timeless look of each piece, and I got excited when I saw designs for girls and women. So, when she had a call for testers, I eagerly applied.
I used a knit remnant I had in my stash for the tester version, but am working on another with long sleeves using the final pattern version. I love the look and fit of this dress! The dress was rather quick to sew, and it has pockets! (I really love pockets, so please ignore my weird expression; I didn’t believe J when he told me the spider I had just seen didn’t hitch a ride on my back. It was apparent he lied because it decided to crawl down my arm as we headed home, and I’m sure it was quite a scene for the neighbors. Ha!) The instructions were clearly written and includes graphics for those who need pictures. Also, Sarah is great at answering any questions you may have. I think an advanced beginner with basic knowledge on sewing with knits could make this without too much difficulty. The pattern pieces are easy to piece together and include lines for lengthening and shortening all bodice and skirt pieces. There are even instructions on how to make a sleeveless version for those warm summer months! Who doesn’t love a versatile pattern?!
Now, I do want to disclose that she has modified the pattern since I made this tester version. She slimmed the sides a bit and adjusted the shoulders and neckline a as well. I shortened the front and back bodice pieces about an inch, took off about a couple of inches from the skirt, and shortened the sleeves about three inches.
So, are you ready to sew your own? Go here to buy the pattern and use code GARDENIA20 to receive 20% off your entire purchase until 11:59 EST, Sunday, October 12th! Can’t wait to see what you made!