(for all of the "how did she end up making dresses for Quilt Market?" info, check out my posts about Maggie Mae dresses and blast, the quilt)
before making the final dress, i made a mock-up for B using a floral linen from JoAnn Fabric and bias trim from sewn studio. and, yes, i once again forced the poor child to model her dress early in the morning when she was barely awake. terrible, isn't it? poor, poor child...
for this dress, i knew i would be using the bumper cars print from Asbury (by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics). i was looking for something long-sleeved with a retro vibe and simple styling to show off the fabric, and the Lily Dress fit the bill perfectly.
i did make some pattern edits to change up the look a little bit, but all of the changes i made are simple enough for an intermediate sewist to do at home. one of the great things about this pattern is that it could be edited in small ways to really get a lot of different looks, and who doesn't love a versatile pattern? the main changes i made for this version were: omitting the contrast bodice, pleating the sleeves instead of gathering them, and adding a neckline pleat in the front. post-market, i'll be coordinating a post with Alexia of Green Bee Patterns for a more detailed explanation of all the changes i made and how you can do the same.
i have to add that this was my first time sewing with Green Bee Patterns, and i was extremely pleased with the format of the pattern, the instructions, diagrams, sizing charts, etc. the dress is adorable, but i also love that the pattern is very thoughtfully made. you should really go pick up a few of these! i think i'll need to make myself an Amelia Dress next.
note: although i did receive a complimentary copy of this pattern, all opinions (ravings, and kisses) are completely my own. promise.
here it is! my Asbury Lily Dress remix:
after Quilt Market, this dress will be worn by Thomas's daughter, nicknamed Bee, hence the button. i thought it was a fun touch that a little one would appreciate.
confession: i'm a sucker for a good pleat.
i hope that Bee loves her new dress as much as my B loves hers!