Annabelle Striped Chevron Dress by Violette Field Threads

I wouldn't say it often, but this time I will.  "This is a dreamy dress!"

I love the aesthetic of Ericka and Jessica at Violette Field Threads, and this pattern is no exception.  It offers many options for fabric combinations and creativity.  The best news is that you can purchase it for around $4 as part of the Girls' Bundle UP sale at Pattern Revolution until February 2.  I've reviewed and recommend another pattern in the bundle, The Potato Chip Skirt from Tie Dye Diva, so now you only have to pick 4 (or more!) for your own bundle and go Bundle UP.  This sale is a great opportunity to add new patterns to your pdf pattern library without breaking the bank - the sale price is at least half off what you would pay for each pattern at regular price.  If you haven't been following the Pattern Revolution Girls Bundle Up blog tour, be sure to visit the other bloggers to see the ways they sewed the patterns.  Also, you can enter the Sewing Bee and Giveaway for your chance at amazing prizes.

My version uses a navy cotton bandana print from the Hatbox Collection for Cotton+Steel (spring 2014), a pink linen, and an ivory lace overlay on the pink linen with the optional inset added to the bodice.  Photographing this dress in the middle of a midwest winter is not ideal.  I think I'll need to go visit my parents and grandparents in Florida so I can try again on a sunny warm beach!

  • Front inset on bodice is optional - this piece is sewn on top of the bodice piece, making it a great option for adding embroidery or other details
  • Piping, lace, or other trim between optional placket and bodice
  • 2T-10 years
  • Maxi-length dress with three chevron stripes
  • Wide shoulder straps with appropriate coverage and hold without sagging or slipping.
  • Back elastic on bodice
  • Sizing based on finished garment measurements
  • One file for both pattern and tutorial. 
PDF File Information
I appreciate that you don't have to print all pages - they provide a guide for what pages to print based on the size you intend to sew.  I had no problem with the pattern pieces or instructions.  Pattern pieces include the pattern name and designer as well as grainline indications.  They do include notches for placement of the strap on the bodice.  The layout of the tutorial is basic (I would consider it typical of many pdf patterns) with photographs (instead of illustrations) and instructions in an outline/paragraph style with the appearance and format of a Word document.  Sizing is done by finished garment length with the suggestion to sew your child's RTW size.  I found the tutorial easy to follow.

Things You Might Like to Know
When choosing your size, be sure to pay attention to the finished measurement chart which recommends sewing your child's RTW (ready-to-wear) size.  Don't be afraid to size up on the dress.  My daughter is a very average size 2 in RTW at 27 months old.  The size 2 was short for her.  It is my fault for not paying closer attention to the length in the finished measurement chart.  I could have easily done a size 3 and then modified the back elastic, if necessary.  As I did it, the size 2 is an ok fit but snug and without growing room.  I didn't have enough length to hem, so I did a rolled hem.  I'll add a true hem later so my other daughter can wear it in 15 months.  I imagine it would fit some 18 month olds with the correct or a shortened hem.

Also, if your daughter is on the higher end of the size range (at least around size 2), consider using the larger size strap.  This dress could fit better through the arms and be easier to put on with a little more room in the arms.  I am not saying it is a pattern fault, just a couple things that I'll keep in mind when I sew this again (soon)!

The optional inset is backed, so that section of the dress is perfect for embroidery.  There are four layers at this part of the dress (bodice front, bodice lining/backing, inset front, inset lining/backing) and in my case there are five layers with the lace overlay.

I'm thinking of using stretch thread in my bobbin next time when I sew the skirt to the bodice.  I wonder if that would add some give?

I will certainly sew this dress again soon.  I plan to make another for my daughter to wear this summer.  I loved this fabric combination but used every last inch of the Cotton+Steel bandana print, and my fabric shop is out of it.  Maybe I'll hunt around the internet for more - it would be sweet to make a matching set with a larger size for the girls when they are bigger.  


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See my other post for the Bundle UP tour (Potato Chip Skirt by Tie Dye Diva)
See the other Violette Field Threads dress I've sewn (Josephine)

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  1. So so so very adorable! This dress looks fabulous in the smaller sizes! I think this is one dress that my girls might actually wear!

  2. This is so precious. Seems like the perfect dress for spring family pictures!! Your photos are beautiful. Great job!


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