Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sparkly Fawn Lily Dress for Little Momo

Here is another dress I created during KCW.  There were some mishaps sewing this one, but I got it done!

I sewed Fawn Lily Dress for the first time.  I have had the pattern for a while, and have been meaning to try it.  The curve design in the front bodice is beautiful, and I love how the piping makes it stand out.
I picked this lilac flower print with gold accent out from my stash,  Momo loves anything that sparkles, so I was hoping she would love this one.  Then I got the gold dots print from Hobby Lobby to go with it.
Normally I prefer longer dress for Momo, but I only had 1 yard of this main fabric.  I cut the skirt pieces as long as I could out of 1 yard, and ended up above-the knee length.  

I made crossover yoke, pleated sleeves, and gathered skirt option. 

I cut size 4T, and tried to add 1/2 inch length to the bodice all around.  But it ended up too wide on Momo.  The arm opening was just too wide open, and the front yokes had a bit of gap.
I could not do anything to the front bodice, but I took in the sides so the arm holes would not reveal too much.

Because of the unique design, lengthening or trimming the side of the bodice is not as simple.  I do love the design and love to sew it again, but need to figure out how to add length properly.
The way sleeves covers the yokes is smart, but I did not quite understand it at first.  I was doing simple bias tape option, and it was not simple, at least to me.  First try left me with yoke edges exposed.  I have seen several Fawn Lily dresses sewn by various people, and I have never seen anyone talking about this issue. In fact, everyone is praising the pattern and its clear instructions.  So this made me feel really stupid about myself...  :(  Looking at my pieces and flipping them around, I realized I had to place the yoke pieces in angle a bit.  
Also I thought the instructions on sewing the side seams and sleeves did not match, but again, no one else is complaining.  

It was not a smooth sewing, but I feel good about finally trying out this pattern.  As I said, I do love the design and want more of this dress if I could make it to fit Momo.  Momo seems to miss the twirl factor a little, but says she likes the dress.  

I made the orchid flower crown too.  I love how adorable little girls look with the flower crowns. I have made several for Momo but wanted a new one with summer feel.  Orchid is sold year-round and not just for summer, but it is a tropical flower and feels "summer" to me.  Momo has just 1 more week before her summer holidays begin.  We are so ready for some summer fun!

Linking up to those fun parties.


  1. The dress turned out lovely still. beautiful fabric combo :) Fawn Lily was my first experience sewing the burrito method, and I stared at the instructions for three days unable to visualise what was supposed to happen. Three days! Then I just decided to go ahead and do it. Burrito method is my fave now. I can't comment on bias finish as I have not tried it. I just had a look through my post about this dress - I had the same issue with the side seams and the sleeves. I will see how I go next time. I am planning on making this dress for one or both of my girls to wear to their Auntie's wedding later this year :) I am glad Momo likes the dress. A little sparkle goes a long way :)

  2. Beautiful dress! I really like the sleeve detail. And the added piping is such a lovely touch!

  3. Beautiful dress! I really like the sleeve detail. And the added piping is such a lovely touch!

  4. That bodice design in simply stunning. Hope you can figure out the problems for next time. I love your fabric combo as well! Have a great summer!!

  5. The projects that seem confusing or give us pause are always the ones that seem to fine tune our sewing skills. The next one will be a breeze!! A gorgeous dress, for a beautiful girl!

  6. The curved bodice is lovely, Annie and the print on the fabric just gorgeous. When I can't make sense of a pattern, I always Google it, too. Just because all the reviews are positive, doesn't mean there were no problems. People have a tendency to gloss over problems, sometimes. Looks like Jenya had the same issues as you.



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