When I find one of these patterns and they happen to be on sale, I can't resist. I'm fairly new to the world of PDF patterns, but I've been sewing since I was a teenager. When I saw the Phoebe dress pattern by Create Kids Couture, I was mesmerized. It had all of the elements that I like in patterns, beautiful and not knit. (I will venture into knit patterns from time to time, but I don't have the proper equipment to do it the right way.) Not only that, but I loved that the proceeds of the pattern sales went to support a little girl, Phoebe, who has Leukemia. Find the Phoebe pattern HERE.
The next step was to wait several months until I remembered to print out the pattern and choose the fabrics. What can I say, I'm a procrastinator from time to time.
Choosing fabrics is a labor of love for me. There are times that it feels effortless but, more times than not, I agonize over the perfect pairing, often calling upon the other seamstresses in my family. (Thank you mom and Holly!) I love the EUREKA moment, when it all comes together.
From beginning to end, the Phoebe dress was a dream. The pattern doesn't have actual pattern pieces, which means that it requires you to have a Cutting Mat and Rotary Blade. Thankfully, I had both. The instructions were clear and informative. I can see that using a serger would make it go much quicker in some aspects, but it still went together beautifully with my basic sewing machine. The end results were breathtaking!
My next task was to wait until I could get my two little models together for a photo session. It took us a short while, but we finally succeeded in getting together...and on a sunny day, nonetheless. Here's the product of that beautiful day:
Check out this and other beautiful designs by Create Kids Couture.