Thursday, June 11, 2015

Urban Garden Dress Pattern Test

It seems I can only blog lately when testing a pattern. Can you believe I still have draft posts from Christmas? Ridiculous.

This month I had the opportunity to test another pattern from Sew Straight and Gather, the Urban Garden Dress and Tank.
This dress has a knit bodice with a racer back. The skirt can be knit or woven and it has a hi low hem.
The front neckline has an optional ruffle.

The pattern also had a tank option which has a sweet gathered peplum, rather than the hi low skirt. You can see photos in the pattern listing or on the Sew Straight and Gather Facebook group.
I sewed up this pattern in a size 8. The Bug is just a hair over the chest measurements for a size 7 so the bodice on this has a little bit looser fit than was intended.
For my first Urban Garden Dress I fell in love with the combination of the narrow stripe knit with this floral woven (both from my stash). The pattern is designed for a more stable knit that has a bit better recovery. I wasn't unhappy with this version of the dress but I knew it wasn't really a great "test" since I used a type of fabric that wasn't recommended.

I still love it though. I love pairing up patterns like that.
The Bug loves it too. That lightweight knit is her favorite since it's so soft and comfy.
I decided to sew up a second test with a more stable knit on top.  Even so, you can see the fit is still loose under the arms. I probably should have attempted a size 7.  Maybe next time... or maybe she will just grow! 
 I really like that this pattern doesn't take a ton of yardage.
I was able to make both of these dresses from fabric found in my stash.
I love this pattern. (Did I already mention that?)
I like making a dress that looks like I could have purchased it in any store.
I'm not a fan of the "boutique" style stuff with all of the over the top ruffles and flounce, nor do I like the skimpy, midriff showing stuff on the other end of the spectrum.
Terri strikes a nice balance her with a modern classic that is simply beautiful.
The Urban Garden Dress PDF pattern has an unheard of range of sizes, 2Y to 16Y. It's layered so you only have to print the size you want. I love that.  

And the style is actually cute on that whole range. You know how I know? Because she actually put a picture of  5 different sized girls on the front cover! This is awesome because I can show this to the Bug, who is a 8 going on 15, and she can see that the dress looks nice on a girl her age and a girl older than her which seriously ups the "cool" factor and makes her way more likely to wear what I make.
I'm not sure when she started looking so grown up.
Like I said, 8 going on 15.
Like all of Terri's patterns, this is one quality product. It is full of hints, tips and suggestions to help make your sewing a success. The layout looks nice, is clear and progresses logically through the steps.  She uses drawings to help visually guide you through.
The Urban Garden Dress and Tank releases this week.  It is on sale for $6 right now. I promise, it is a tremendous value even at full retail. (But why pay more? Am I right?) If you sew for girls, this is a great pattern to have in your collection.
What are you waiting for?