the First Day Dress Pattern is HERE!

by Dana on June 30, 2014

Whether it’s your first day of school or a lazy day at home, everyone deserves a dress that makes them feel special.  So dress it up, spin around, throw on your boots or a pair of shorts, and just be you!

First Day Dress Pattern – $10
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The First Day Dress is a PDF pattern, ranging from sizes 2 to 10 years old.
There are 5 different style options—each can be made with or without sleeves.  And there are 4 different lining options to make it fully or partially lined.

If you’ve never sewn a lining, it’s so much easier than you think.

And the result is beautiful.  All those seams are hidden, the garment looks polished, and hey your friends might even think it came from a store!
You’re that good.

So make your dress twirl!  Keep it straight.
Cut it short.  Or add on sleeves.

The choices are up to you!
And there’s something for everybody.

Here are the details….

This is a 46-page PDF document, with detailed information and pattern pieces for sewing a First Day Dress or Top.
Instructions are easy to follow, with beautiful photos and illustrations, and a conversational tone that helps you feel like I’m right there next to you, joining in the sewing fun!

Advanced Beginner +
Of course I encourage anyone to push themselves and take on a challenge.   So if you’re a true beginner, don’t be scared off.  You can always give it a shot!  Or grab a sewing friend to coach you along the way.  Sewing is always an adventure!

The First Day Dress comes in 5 styles.  Each can be made with or without sleeves:
• A-Line Dress
• A-Line Top
• Swing Dress
• Swing Top
• Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket

• The pattern ranges from 2 to 10 years old.
• Sizes are labeled according to age and based on the average size of a child, similar to what you would find in retail stores.

The charts below help you find the proper size and are included in the pattern with details and tips.

For each Dress or Top you need:
• Outer Fabric
• Lining Fabric
• Back Button
• 6 inches of Elastic Cord
• small amount of Piping (placket option only)
• front buttons (placket option only)

Fabric types:
• Quilting cotton, medium-weight cotton, home decor fabrics, broadcloth, linen, lightweight cotton, etc. (more details and the chart below are included in the pattern).

DOWNLOADING the pattern
• After purchasing, you are sent a link for downloading the pattern to your computer.  This is sent to the email address attached with your paypal account.  When you open the download pattern link, make sure you save the pdf file to your computer so you always have it for future use.
• The file size is 3.6 MB

• You do not need to print every page.  A chart is included, showing which pages to print for each size. 
• Pages print to standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (for printing outside of the US see below)
• Pages are pieced together by trimming along the border, matching them at the markings, and taping together.  I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible with detailed instructions in the pattern itself.

Printing in another Country (outside of the US)
The pattern was created for standard US printers but should work for other countries as well. There are measuring rulers on the side of each page (in inches) so you can see if you’ve printed to the proper print size. The pattern images do NOT print to edge of the paper…so I recommend printing to your standard size paper, checking the ruler, and matching the pattern pieces up as outlined in the instructions.

And that’s about it!
Ready to Sew??

First Day Dress Pattern – $10
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• Instant payment is through Paypal
• E-check payment through Paypal will delay your pattern download a few days.
ACCOUNT. This email address is where the info about your purchase and download instructions will be sent.
• You will receive a few emails confirming your payment and providing info about downloading the pdf pattern to your computer.

When you’ve finished sewing, share your photos with us!
• Instagram them with the tag #firstdaydressmade and tag me as well @danamadeit
• Share them in the You Made it Flickr group.


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First Day Dress pattern NEXT week!

by Dana on June 26, 2014

I’m so happy to report that….the First Day Dress pattern will be available NEXT WEEK!
It’s been a long time in the works.
And you guys have been patient. Thank you.
The pattern ranges from size 2 to 10 years old, with 5 different looks, and 4 different lining options.

I have most of the sizes tested and covered.
But I need 3-4 people to test sizes 8, 9, and 10. 
If you’re interested please leave a comment and include your email address.
Timeframe is short and would need to happen in the next few days.
* UPDATE:  I have enough pattern testers for the larger sizes now, but thank you THANK YOU all for offering. You guys are so great!


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Hi friends.
I hope your summer week is off to a good start!
And if your name is Melissa, with a #78,  it’s off to a really good start.
YOU are the winner of the Forest Feast book giveaway!  I’ll email you with more info.

And thank you guys for entering.  I’m so happy you love beautiful books too—that makes me want to share more!

And for those who didn’t win…how ’bout a consolation prize?
Me, Kate, and Kelly chatting it up at Baby Lock headquarters?….along with fantastic words of wisdom from Nancy Zieman, a quilt we made out of sugar cookies, and the realization that I talk way too fast? (no wonder my dad never understands me).
That kind of stuff?

Then just hit play!
It’s the Common Threads video by Baby Lock.
Virtual high-ten to anyone who understands exactly what I say….


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the Forest Feast

by Dana on June 19, 2014

I think I just found the most beautiful cookbook every cooked.

Although simply calling it a “cookbook” doesn’t do justice because it’s more like art and cooking combined.

And I don’t even remember how I found it.
But it had something to do with Instagram. I stumbled on the feed @theForestFeast, and I couldn’t stop scrolling through the gorgeous photos, and the scenery, and just, the everything.
So I clicked over to the Forest Feast blog and oooooo!  More of the same gorgeous.
I wanted to jump into every photo, and enjoy a feast on Erin’s magical deck.

But instead I emailed her to see if I could review a copy of her book because I know you guys will love it.

And here it is! for you to peruse and enjoy.

Each recipe page is a true work of art…from the props and food set-up, to the graphics, to the photos, and most importantly—the watercolor fonts and illustrations.  It’s such a clever design. And just beautiful.

It’s one of those books that you want to buy for everyone you know.

I’ve already purchased two more to give as gifts this summer.

Cause everybody loves pretty food photos….and also pretty house photos.  I love that Erin included pics of the northern California forest and outdoor deck where she lives and entertains.  I think that makes any cookbook or sewing book feel personable and unique.  We love to see where the magic happens.  And for a moment—pretend we can jump into the chalk drawing with Mary Poppins and spend an afternoon in your world.

Want to join me??
Today we’re giving away a copy of the Forest Feast cookbook to one lucky person!

• Leave a comment, that’s it.
• Only one entry per person.
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winner will be picked via
• Giveaway ends Saturday 6/21/14 at 10pm (Central Time)

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