Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Charlie


Can you believe the adorableness of this one?  I was so lucky to have the opportunity to test this new dress pattern by
Farrah of Mingo & Grace.

Its a pretty simple dress and a very quick sew but the outcome looks very professional!  She uses a few new techniques in the construction that you may not have tried before.  I kinda love that some PDF patterns teach you something new.  This one did for me : )

The back has a button closure.  See my pretty wooden button.
 I unintentionally almost exclusively use wooden buttons.  I do not know why, there are some pretty cool buttons out there.  I guess maybe its the natural look : ).

I added a little bias tape just above the skirt seam.  I wanted to add two but ran out of bias tape.  I knew Ms P would like something a little fun so I also added three purple heart shaped buttons.  We picked up some very large beads at hobby lobby to match the dress.  Score because they were on clearance for $1.  She loved the necklace almost as much as the dress.

We did a little shell hunting along the river. The girls had a ton of fun!

We tried a little rock skipping too!

This peachy, orangey, coralish colored polka dot dress was for my first round of testing.  Farrah made a few changes so I decided to sew up another.

 So here it is, the final version!  Yes, these pictures are probably a little over edited.  I cant help it though, I think its fun : )  This dress was made out of a suiting fabric from Joann's.  You can not really tell in the photos but the way the skirt ruffle lays is so pretty with this fabric!

Here are a few close ups of the construction : )

So are you wondering how to grab this totally awesome pattern for yourself?  Ok, here is the info-
The Charlie PDF sewing pattern is now available at the Sewing Rabbit's Pattern Member Site

On July 15th Charlie will be released in Farrah's blog/store http://www.mingoandgrace.com
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I loved this pattern so much I had to sew up a third!!! I think I will share it on the 15th when the pattern is available in Farrah's shop.

And I just wanted to say a thank you to Farrah of Mingo & Grace.  I had so much fun testing this dress and it really is so pretty.  It is my favorite dress at the moment in Mila's closet.  And she has a lot of dresses!   I also love making friends with all of the other tester's, and seeing there super awesome creations!  You might see a few out there in the blogging world.  I can make it a little easier for you and share a few links.  PLEASE stop by there blogs because there really were some pretty cute creations, great for inspiration : ) 


  1. Thanks for joining my tester group Kimmie. You ladies have been invaluable to this process and I'm so glad to have met all of you. You know how much I love what you've done with my pattern. I think I squealed every time you posted a photo. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Farrah, this was a fun test and a pretty dress!

  2. Adorable Dress and Great Blog Post :)

    1. Thanks again Alexis, for the nice comment and the help : )

  3. Oh my Kimmie, your dresses are so cute!

    1. Thank you, I think this is just a really sweet pattern. I could probably make a 100 of them for my baby : )

  4. I found your blog through the new Facebook blog group and I'm glad I did. I'll stop by this designers sight and tell them I found them through you.

    1. Faith, that is sooo nice of you to say "glad you did part" I can be a bit cheesy but it's nice to hear when others like your stuff. Thanks so much : )

  5. Love both your versions Kim, and I love your photos too!!! Great job!!

  6. Sweet little dress with the dropped waist.

  7. Fantastic!!! Love, love, love the Charlie!