~~~ Update: This pattern was re-released in 2018 under the new name, Okanagan. ~~~
Today I am announcing a very special release, Daphne Marie. This dress has a special place in my heart because it is actually an update of my very first pattern! It's been nearly two years since I officially launched Pollywoggles, and Daphne was the one that started it all. As I've grown in the last two years, so this pattern also has a new grown-up look!
While the original pattern only went to size 5, Daphne Marie now includes sizes 12-18months through size 10. The wider size range meant some style changes as body shapes change from the toddler/preschooler to the growing girls, and I'm really thrilled with the addition of the gorgeous knife-edge pleats at the neckline which add modesty and visual appeal.
While the pleats add style, the longer straps also play a part in making the dress function beautifully for all ages. While originally designed as a halter, the straps now tie in the center of the back bodice, taking the weight of the dress off the back of the neck and giving the whole dress a completely different drape.
The skirt is two full layers of fabric, which makes it perfect for using eyelet or lace for the top layer. The dress also now has the option of the original empire waist or a natural length waist, which allows you to choose your style and gives you the option of getting creative with the front bodice!
Finally, Daphne Marie includes detailed step-by-step instructions for both shirring or using elastic casings for the back bodice. Shirring happens to be one of my favorite techniques, and not only do I show you how to do it in the pattern, but I also have a link to my Shirring: Testing & Tension blog post for those who are new to it or who haven't quite figured out how to make elastic thread work in their machine. I've also included two different techniques for creating the pleated ruffle, including how to make and use a pleat template.
I hope that you are inspired by the simple beauty of this dress! You can purchase it HERE at a special release price of $5.50 CND and make sure you join my Sewing Group on Facebook today to snatch up a coupon for extra savings shop-wide (valid May 3rd only)!
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