The Muttonchop! Duchess and Hare Blog Tour & Giveaway

I’m so happy to be part of Duchess and Hare’s first blog tour. Please see the post schedule below and be sure to visit the other participants! The prizes are 5 Duchess and Hare Patterns and a $25 gift certificate to Threads and Stitches Fabric…may the odds be ever in your favor!

Duchess and Hare are a new-to-me pattern company featuring vintage-inspired patterns with a modern fit. We were given our choice of pattern to sew up from the shop, and I decided to sew a Muttonchop Dress with a short sleeve. It took me a while to figure out the name; the long-sleeved version of this cute top or dress has a fitted bottom with the flared shoulder, giving it the look of a (say it with me now)…Muttonchop!

I had been eyeing this beautiful cotton sateen border print at JoAnn Fabric since it first arrived with other spring prints, and I knew this was the dress to showcase it. I love the sweet, little girl charm this dress has, and the soft fabric makes it really comfy for my seven year old.

I obviously wanted to use the border print along the full skirt, and so I added a bit of length so that the print wasn’t butted right up against the bodice. This pattern is drafted to hit just above the knee. I like that the dress isn’t too fitted, as well; with my added length, we might actually get a few seasons out of this one before she outgrows it!

I found these darling buttons (also at JoAnn’s), and knew that soft pink thread would really complete the look. I wanted to use a few pops of the bright pinks to offset the skirt, and I’m so pleased with the sleeve cuffs and my peek-a-boo collar.

She says Teddy likes it, too.

This is a well-drafted and written pattern. Even with a few more complicated techniques, the instructions do a great job of walking you through it, and I love the final look of the sweetly ruffled collar and gathered sleeve. I already have my eye on more Duchess and Hare patterns, and hope that you enjoy exploring their offerings, as well. Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!


Duchess and Hare Patterns Blog Tour!

Monday July 24
Neva Couture

Tuesday July 25
Seams Sew Lo
Auschick Sews

Wednesday July 26
Sewing by Ti
Tales From a Southern Mom

Thursday July 27
FABulous Home Sewn
Lilla Gumma
Ondinneke van Hoof

Friday July 28
Sew and Tell Project

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  1. Patricia | 28th Jul 17

    Pretty dress. Love the fabric.

    • MadebyGenie | 2nd Aug 17

      Thank you!

  2. Felicia Balezentes | 28th Jul 17

    Beautiful dress. I still don’t get the name, though!

    • MadebyGenie | 2nd Aug 17

      Look up muttonchop sleeve; it’s a Victorian thing, if I remember correctly. The shape of the fitted lower and puffy upper looks like a muttonchop (or so I’m told…)

  3. Diane | 28th Jul 17

    Lovely fabric! A cute detailed pattern! What a nice sew for your pretty daughter!

    • MadebyGenie | 2nd Aug 17

      Thank you!

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