Cottage Mama’s FREE Party Dress Pattern

So, I’m a pattern test for the awesome Lindsay over at the Cottage  Mama.  Once or twice a year she’ll ask me to test one of her patterns and give feedback on what I like about, what needs improving, etc.

I absolutely love it.

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I help her out AND it gives me a reason {and a deadline–VERY important for me!} to sew.  And afterwards I have clothes to save & pass down to my granddaughters one day.


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This past month she asked all her pattern testers that were willing to try their hand with her Party Dress pattern that she had recently updated.  It’s a free {uh-huh!} pattern over on her blog–just click here to read more about it.

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And since every girl needs a party dress, I happily obliged.

But the turnaround was less than a week so instead of going into Atlanta to my favorite fabric store I headed to our local Hobby Lobby.  And y’all, probably because I HAD to have fabric that day, I couldn’t find any.   Until I started perusing the decorator fabric that is and found this print for $7/yard (originally $38/yd).  Not the ideal fabric for a dress, but it seriously was the only one I could find I liked.

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As far as how long it took me–I would say 3.5-ish hours.  Which really isn’t that bad.   And I was left with a super cute, super twirly {MM’s favorite part, she says} dress.

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So, what are you waiting for?  Go on over there and get your sew on! {And then share pictures with me!}

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 I added her monogram in a super subtle color. I love how it blends in.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Before I forget: Meredith added a neat thing to the blog–you can pin {some} pictures to Pinterest!  Not all pictures {like ones of just my kids}, but ones that feature a project or something {like this one}, you can pin.  Just hoover over the photo and click ‘Pin it!’…it’s that simple!


5 Responses to Cottage Mama’s FREE Party Dress Pattern

  1. Joyce Hughes March 15, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Beautiful! As usual…

  2. Karen Bosley March 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    I have missed your sweet family! Thanks for returning to the blogging world!

  3. Natalie March 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    aww, Karen! That just makes my day!

  4. Brandy April 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    hello! Your dress turned out beautiful! I was hoping you could help me out with some questions I have about making this dress?

    I am confused about a couple of things in her instructions that I printed with the pattern.

    When she said to cut the front of the skirt on a “fold” which measurement is on the fold? The longer or the shorter? I will be making a size 5T so the measurement for the skirt front is 20.5? x 16.25?. Also which is the length of the skirt and which is the width? I am assuming the 16.25? is the length measurement?
    If the front of the skirt is cut on the fold but the back is not, does this mean that only the front of the dress will have doubled material and not the back?

    Thanks so much, i can’t wait to start on this just needed to clear up some questions first!

  5. Natalie April 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Brandy!
    I remember finding that step confusing as well. I just had to look at the measurements to make sure the front & back matched up. As for the fold, it’s length times width for those numbers. If that’s still confusing think about how the fold adds the extra length around the sides…so from the fold to selvedge is the WIDTH and from cut to cut (where the fabric store cut the fabric for you) is the LENGTH. Hope this helps! (If you have more questions check out this group on Facebook (it’s awesome!).

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