Today I’m happy to share with you the newest release from Mummykins and Me – the Paris Party Dress. The timing is perfect – there is still time to sew up one or two of these before the holidays! While the title may have the word ‘dress’ in it, this pattern includes much more than that! There are multiple options for a skirt and top, in addition to the option to sew the two together – especially useful for very little ones. I tested the basic three-quarter length sleeve top with a simple neckband and the knee length skirt with a back elastic option.
The top is made out of a pink cotton lycra from Peekaboo Fabric Shop. While the top I sewed up is very simple, the pattern includes options for puff sleeves and gathered sleeves, as well as options for a crop length. There are also instructions to add a gorgeous lace overlay to the top. The top I made is from the first version of testing, the final version of the pattern has a slightly slimmer fit.
The skirt is by far my favorite part of this pattern. This is one thing I can see myself making over and over. There are so many possibilities for this style of skirt! Many of the testers used gorgeous holiday fabrics to make festive attire. There are even options to add a lining and netting petticoat. I chose a more casual look and used a twill from the Doodles Collection at Joann Fabrics for this one. I really wanted to make a skirt that this pink-loving girl could wear everywhere with her lovely collection of cutesy tee’s of various shades of pink.
While the basic version of this pattern has pleats on the front and back, with a zipper and button closure, I opted to make the elastic back version to make it easier for her to get on and off herself. I’m hoping it will also fit her just a bit longer too since the elastic can stretch.
The best part about me falling in love with this style skirt is that not only is there a wide range of sizes for girls (newborn – 12 years) BUT there are sizes for women as well (XXS – 5XL). Just today I saw a gorgeous red pleated skirt paired with a gold button up sweater in the display window of LOFT and I fell in love with the look. In the next second, I realized, I could MAKE that skirt with this awesome pattern.
Now that I’ve filled you in on all the details… I have some great news!! The basic version of this pattern is FREE!! If you click through to the listings, there are instructions as to how to find the free code in the Mummykins and Me Facebook group. The extra pattern options such as the elastic waistband, tulle petticoat, dress version and more are available in the add-on package.
The testing group created so many gorgeous outfits that are definitely worth checking out for inspiration before you start sewing your own! Valerie at Elegantine made a gorgeous red skirt for herself that is a true holiday must-have. You can check out even more at Sewn at Seams and Coralu Handmade.