This dress is great!  Its called the E + M Girl’s Dress Pattern No. 15.  The pattern includes options for a straight or asymmetrical hemline.  It calls for knit fabric (my favorite) and features great tips for getting your hemline and neckline to sew up nice and neat.

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Choosing the fabric is one of my favorite parts of sewing.  I had lots of different ideas, but when I saw this in the fabric closet, I knew it was the one!  I love the simple repetitive pattern, Nora loves pink, it was a win – win!

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The little arches are made up of small white dots.  Its very sweet and part of a beautiful fabric collection from Art Gallery called Emmy Grace.

The shoulder detail on the dress is also very sweet.  I love the bows.

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Allison is the designer behind E + M patterns.  Her patterns are very professional, she shows you how to use great finishes and clearly explains the steps.  This was my first time using elastic thread in the bobbin to gather the dress at the waist.  Its called shirring.  It was pretty easy to do and has a great result.  I was able to use regular elastic thread from JoAnn’s fabrics with no difficulty.  I wound the bobbin by hand with just a bit of tension on the thread.  Remember to leave long tails when you cut the thread or when you let go, or they could bounce backwards into the machine.

Here is what my 3 rows of shirring look like, not absolutely perfect but I am happy for my first time.  This is a great pattern to try it with as its only 3 rows!

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This dress has a great silhouette and is fashionable, but also fun!  She used it to gather rocks…

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to practice putting,

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to twirl and dance

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to pout

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to take Rory on a wagon ride

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and to smell the flowers.

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I tested the dress in September when the weather was still gorgeous.

It was play football with the neighbors nice

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And even TAKE OFF THE TRAINING WHEELS nice!

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Go Owen, go!

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Now that we are into fall, we have tried layering the dress.  Today she paired it with a cream colored cardigan and grey striped leggings.  She even wore it to her open house and gave us the grand tour of her classroom!

We saw the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree, the classroom calendar, and the kitchen area.  Then we went to the gym and saw Pete the Cat who was “Rocking in his school shoes”

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My favorite look though, is the dress paired with the denim jacket!  Don’t you love it?

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Even looks good with a silly hat and horsing around with daddy!

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Check out the blog tour for even more inspiration for the E + M Girl’s Dress Pattern No. 15.  The Gallery on the E+M site is also brimming with creativity, you might even recognize someone over there 🙂

During the Blog Tour there is a special coupon code for the pattern in the E + M shop, to get it for $5, enter  TOUR15

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