Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blog tour time - featuring the Naples Dress by Jennuine Design!

When Jenn from Jennuine Design asked if I'd like to join the blog tour for her recently released Naples Dress, I didn't even ask Miss P before saying yes. We tested the tunic version of this pattern and even though it's not our usual casual knits-and-leggings style, we both LOVED the finished look. A huge size range (starting at newborn and going all the way up to girls 12), multiple sleeve options (including butterfly and bell sleeves), and a-line or gathered skirt options make this a truly versatile pattern. Add in a doll sized pattern, and Miss P is sold, too. ;)

I hadn't sewn up the doll pattern until now, and it is soooo cute! I can't believe that I enjoy making these teeny little creations as much as I do, but they really are pretty fun to sew. A little fiddly at times, but totally worth it to see Miss P's excited reaction when she discovers another matching set.

That neckline is just the sweetest, even on a doll! I think the next time I sew the doll version, I'll probably extend the placket into the skirt since it was a little difficult to get onto the doll. I had the easiest time by sliding it up over her legs and waist, but since my kiddo isn't always the most gentle or careful when dressing her dolls, I'd like to give her a little extra ease to work with. 

We've had a bit of wiggly tooth drama in our house recently, and between that and the rapidly fluctuating weather, it's been tougher than usual to grab quick pics of my best girl. Apparently she's not a fan of losing teeth (I can't say I blame her, blech) but she's only lost 3 so far so she's got a ways to go. That top one is just daring someone to yank it out, but alas, it is still taunting all of us. 

Luckily for me, Miss P is a sucker for a sweet new dress and an even bigger sucker for a new PINK dress, so I'll put this one firmly into the win column. Art Gallery Fabrics was extremely generous with their sponsorship of this tour, and gave us our choice of fabrics from several upcoming lines. When I saw the Intertwill print in the Essentials II collection, all I could see was bias tape! Yards and yards of awesome, geometric bias tape. *swoon* Miss P loved it too, but wanted it for the main print, so we added a pop of the Floralism print (also in blush) for the bodice and used the Intertwill for the sleeves, skirt, and also the bias trim. We played around with the bell sleeve a bit, and although I was temped to gather the sleeve hem and add a cuff, my practical girl asked for a nice fluttery short sleeve. I used the bell sleeve, shortened it to the appropriate length, and simply hemmed. I used a chunky hem for the skirt to give it a cute vintage feel, and Miss P is ready for spring! 

Want to win a FQ bundle from AGF and your choice of 3 patterns from Jennuine Design? Enter the rafflecopter below - and we'd love it if you check out the other stops on the tour, too! Thanks for stopping by. :)


  1. Wow! I love this dress! She is adorable as usual and I love the matching doll too!

  2. So cute!! I love the vintage length on her. It will be fun looking back on this photo after the wiggly front tooth is out!

  3. Her smile is so contagious! What a gorgeous dress you made her. I love it!