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Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Anywhere Dress

Andrea from The Train To Crazy and Go To Patterns (affiliate link) was nice enough to let me review one of her newest dress patterns.  It's an easy-sew knit dress called the Anywhere Dress (affiliate link).

From the picture on the site I knew right away this would be a staple dress in Bean's wardrobe.  FOR YEARS.  Seriously, the pattern comes with sizes 12M to 12 years.  That's a lot of grading hehe.

I chose to make the three quarter length sleeve since we still have some cool days here this spring and with any luck, the length will still work for fall.  The sleeves will actually BE three quarter length instead of just look like they are as they do with the rest of her long sleeved dresses she's growing out of.

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If you like knits and haven't spent any time in the clearance XXL racks at Old Navy, then hop to it!  I found this great light-weight sweater for a couple of dollars earlier this spring knowing it would make a great dress for Bean.  And with that kind of price, HUGE sizes, and the adorable buttons on the shoulder that I can still use for another project I am so happy I bought it.

I thought the Anywhere Dress would be so cute in the navy and white stripe, so I cut out the 2T size last week and tried to find time to sew it together.  The pieces were sitting on my ironing board screaming at me to be sewn, but I had way too many projects going at once.  When I finally sewed them together it took 20 minutes.  Yes.  20 minutes.  True, I used my serger and used the original hem of the sweater, but that is still a ridiculously quick sew. 

The thing that took the longest was trying to get the stripes to line up.  And even that I didn't kill myself trying to make perfect.  I don't think I've ever been more impressed with the results of anything I've made that came together so quickly.

My older sister was visiting last week, so we took Bean to the Zoo.  She loved it!  She has a slight obsession with pandas so she really loved seeing this panda statue.  She tried to sit in its lap. 

Here's one of her mesmorized by the real thing eating bamboo, hehe.

It was a little chilly so I had her wear leggings under the dress, but it was still so cute.  If I could get away with it I would absolutely wear that same style haha.

Thank you Andrea for another great Go To pattern (affiliate link)!

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  1. This is just adorable. Love the contrast sleeves. What a cute baby!

  2. She looked so chic in that dress, especially when she grabbed my sunglasses and put them on. Very Bain de Soleil (remember those ads?) She was wearing another blue and white outfit another did and the glasses made her look all pulled together again. Navy blue and white, especially in a stripe are a favorite of mine. The dress was a great length on her and I think the leggings go well with it. I can't imagine her not wearing the leggings with it!

  3. I love this dress... stripes rocks!

  4. This turned out great! What a great idea to use the Old Navy Clearance knits. I love recycling fabrics.

  5. Those sleeves are adorable! I love this! It's almost as adorable as her =)

  6. The contrasting sleeves look great. And your daughter looks adorable in it!

    Cari at SewCari

  7. so cute. I love the way you put it together. it is fun when you get to use it a little longer, I had some shorts I made for Ryder last summer and they still fit just shorter than last year, it was a welcome suprise

  8. Great little dress... the fabric looks so soft and cudly! And cutest model!!! :-)

  9. Love this!!! She is so so so cute. :)

  10. Cute little dress.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  11. Very cute! The contrast color is great, love the style!

  12. This dress is so cute! I love the contrasting sleeves. I recently purchased this pattern and plan to sew a dress up this weekend. Your great review has me excited to start!

  13. ADORABLE!!! Love the color combo and her cute little pigtail!!


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