Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bohemian Babydoll Tour (+ fabric GIVE-AWAY)

Today, I'm part of the Bohemian Babydoll Tour. When Heidi from Elegance and Elephants asked me to participate, I didn't hesitate. I know that Heidi makes great patterns - the E&E Ruffle Top I made for Norah over a year ago is still one of my all-time favorite creations. In addition, the Bohemian Babydoll dress has a great vintage touch to it.

I've noticed that I've been using the word 'addiction' a lot here lately. Addicted to Arizona, addicted to the mint/pink combination, addicted to Cotton Couture Solids... For Norah's Bohemian Babydoll dress, I decided to indulge once more into the last two addictions. The fabric I used for the bodice is an old one from Michael Miller, called Mini Harlequin in Mint. I bought it in this Etsy store. It was a tip from Esther, who used the same fabric in her gorgeous Lua sleep sack a few months ago. Thanks again, Esther! 

For the skirt I used Cotton Couture Solid Creamsicle, and for the flutter sleeves I used CCS Gold and CCS Peach (all bought here). 

Now let's discuss the pattern. I had such fun sewing this up! The dress has no zipper or buttons in the back - Heidi made the armholes and neck opening extra deep and the bodice extra wide so the dress can be put on comfortably without any closures. What I also love about it is the high-low hem. The front bodice is slightly higher than the back bodice, which gives the dress a bit of a vintage look.

Norah is 4.5 now, so age-wise I should make her a size 5. However, she has the chest measurements of an 18 month old, so I generally I make her a size 3, and lengthen the bodice and skirt a bit. Unfortunately, I was in such a hurry to make this dress, that I forgot to lengthen it, so it is a bit short. Oops. I think I will either replace the skirt, or just keep it for next Summer, when she can wear it as a top. 

Making the dress was a piece of cake. The instructions are clear and easy to follow as usual. I'm sure that beginning sewists will love this pattern. And while I don't qualify as a beginner anymore, I'll be making a few more of these in the coming years!

The Give-Away
Now back to the fabric. As the bodice of the dress didn't use up much fabric, I have a lot left of the Michael Miller Harlequin fabric. Judging by my ever expanding stash, there is very little chance that I will be using it again, so I'd like to give away a yard of it to one of you! I'll also be including a few other surprises. All you need to do to win, is use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Click here to enter the give-away


  1. As usual... The dress is lovely! I love the colour combination! Can I win again pls... ��

    1. Ha ha, who knows! Rafflecopter will decide on that ;-) Thanks for the sweet comment, Rita.

  2. oh weer zo een schoontje! Dat stofje heb ik ook liggen, ook gekocht na overleg met Esther, mooie stofjes werken aanstekelijk hé!

  3. I adore your color choices! I always second guess mixing patterns/colors, but examples like this are great encouragement!

  4. I love your version!
    I love the way you "play" with color - I'm in love with the color combo you use for the sleeves (perfection)!

  5. I love a short dress on a little girl.

  6. What about adding a 15 cm ruffle to the bottom?

  7. Oh. Zalig. De stofjeskeuze, het patroontje, de styling, de foto's. Ik zou maar wàt graag een stukje van dit stofje te pakken krijgen. :-)

  8. wat een prachtig kleedje en met die kniekousen eronder, super! En ja, ik wel ook wel zo'n lapje!

  9. Adorable!!! Short dresses on little girls are super cute!

  10. Beautiful! I love the gold w the harlequin!

  11. Mooie combinatie van kleuren !! Heel leuk!

  12. Yay. Thanks for the giveaway, An.
    Thanks for picking me Rafflecopter :-)

  13. My package arrived today.
    My daughter loved the surprises. She totally fell in love with the cute buttons and the birch fabrics :-)