Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lily Bird Studios Camille Dress review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Girls are so much fun to sew for! If you haven't gone into the world of PDF patterns, you should give it a try! I love the ease of use that a lot of the PDF designers bring to the table. As well as the fact that it is so much more convenient to print as you please! No more ripped paper patterns. Lily Bird Studio PDF patterns are perfect for even beginner sewists! I found the directions written by Cicilia to be extremely helpful in putting together the dresses that I made. I put two dresses together in two days. JUST before Thanksgiving. (Yeah, I know it is almost Christmas.)

 I made a size 5 and size 12 month Camille for my girls. Also embellishing my youngest to add a bit more cuteness.

Here is a friendly tip: Grab a Ziplock bag. Print the cover of the pattern and put it in the bag, Assemble your patter piece(s). You can either cut, or leave whole and fold them up and put them into the bag for easy filing. Buy a roll of freezer paper (available at most stores, like Walmart, near the aluminum foil and such.) You can trace onto the freezer paper and iron it directly to your fabric. It will peel off after you cut super easily! 

Now that you have your amazing pattern by Lily Bird Studio all ready to go, you can look up the proper measurement for your child and cut from there.
Photo: Lily Bird Studios

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The Camille Dress that I made is adorable. It has a lovely vintage inspired look that is perfect for any occasion. Obviously in this case it was an extremely Turkey Day dress! But unique, nonetheless.
Camille is comfortable to wear, totally adorable for little girls and super versatile design to let your creativity flow. This dress features a wide skirt with optional ruffles. It closes with zipper or buttons (step by step instructions for both options are included). It also includes waist ties for a better fit. Fully lined bodice with round neck line and ruffled sleeves.

This e-book provides the pattern pieces for the bodice and sleeves, it includes the measurements for the rest of the pieces that are simple rectangles. It includes instructions on how to assemble the pieces of the pattern, how to cut the fabric and how to put the dress together. Sizes available are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years.

I used buttons on the size 5 and snaps on the 12 months.  Next time I will add interfacing or felt before sewing the buttons and buttonholes. A tip I found after was to use a glue stick to keep the buttons from sliding. Why didn't I think of that?

What do you think? Were they festive enough? ;-)

I did find that the size 5 fit perfect. The 12 months on my 14 month old was a bit bigger in the bodice, as well as long on her. She is in the 29 percentile for weight and 10 for height. So just keep that one in mind. I learned a new technique for hiding the seam when connecting the bodice with this pattern. It took me roughly 2 hours from start to finish. Which includes pattern assembly. Overall I love this pattern. I have even used the skirt to mash with other patterns! 

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Will you be trying out Lily Bird Studios Patterns?

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  1. I love the skirt! The fabric and trim remind me of Little House on the Prairie. Beautiful girls, beautiful dresses!

    1. I didn't even think of that! You are so right!

  2. I love these dresses! Absolutely adorable. My daughter is becoming more and more into the "pretty dresses", as she says :) I will have to keep Lily Bird Studios in mind. Thanks!

    Sarah @ Living As We

  3. I have all boys so I do not get to do dresses. These are adorable!

    1. I have a boy myself. It is so difficult to find cute thing for him. I have made him ties to match his sisters though.

  4. What an adorable dress! how cute! Loved seeing all the pics! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays! xo xo

  5. These are so cute and adorable! My daughter actually likes the yellow dress.

  6. These dresses are so beautiful! Love the detail.

  7. So adorable! I need to practice with my sewing machine some more so I can make cute dresses like this for my little girls!!!

  8. So cute and crafty! I have not yet used a pattern for dresses, perhaps I will get some courage and do it this spring ;)


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