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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Very Go To Christmas: Vivienne Dress pattern review


Recently, Andrea from The Train To Crazy gave me the opportunity to review one of the patterns in her Go To Patterns shop for her A Very Go To Christmas.

I chose the sweet and ruffly Vivienne dress.


Because I do have a thing for ruffles.
Ha.


The pattern was simple and straightforward.  I would say an advanced beginner sewist would have no trouble completing it.

I'd guess it took me a couple of hours to complete, in the midst of a million other things of course. ;)

I followed the pattern exactly, except I did add topstitching to the bodice.
I think it gives dresses a more professional look and helps them to retain their shape after they've been washed.  ...but maybe that's just me!

And then there's the sash.
I'm as indecisive as ever lately, so I just couldn't commit.

Red?
Pink?
Blue?
Black?

I tried them all and couldn't make up my mind, so I took the easy way out and decided to be able to change it up with pretty ribbons like I did for the seersucker dress I made last Easter.


Just a few choices.
Ha!





I think I'm leaning towards the blue.
But then again I'll change my mind another dozen times.

Overall, it was a really nice pattern.
I just LOVE the convenience of PDF patterns.
The directions made sense.....which I think is hit or miss with sewing patterns.  
And there are plenty of photos to illustrate each step.

Note: I was given a complimentary pattern to try, but all opinions in this post are my own.
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49 comments:

  1. Super cute dress...I like the red ribbon :)

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  2. Adorable! This makes me want to sew! I like the blue ribbon best too.

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  3. I think I like the last ribbon (navy? Or black?) but I don't tend o go very bold. They all look great!

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  4. Very cute dress! I can see why you couldn't choose a ribbon: I like them all!

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  5. Beautiful dress! I like the red for Christmas :)

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  6. That dress is adorable! Good call with the ribbon sashes! It is amazing what a little color change can do to spice up a dress!

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  7. Your dress is adorable:):) my vote is the red ribbon:)

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  8. Such a perfect girlie dress!! You could do so much with that white and black polka dot fabric also

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  9. Aboslutely adorable! I strive for such fine sewing lines!

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  10. Fun. love the polka dots and red ribbon is perfect for Christmas :)

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  11. I LOVE this dress! I should really make one for my daughter...but I'm just not motivated to sew right now. That being said, if I win, I promise to make this dress for my daughter! Maybe even both of them? :)

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  12. I love the polka dot material. Very fashionable. And such a cute pattern with the ruffles! I haven't attempted those yet...some day!

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  13. Adorable dress!! I like the red ribbon for Christmas!

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  14. I'm crazy about polka dots and this is to cute. Just a thought about the ribbon, how about a bright colored chevron print ribbon? A Christmas ribbon or Valentines, oh the possibilities are endless!
    lisamcgriff at hotmail dot com

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  15. Love the polka dots. It must be the most adorable dress on a little girl.

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  16. i really like the fabric you chose, and i like the blue ribbon lots too!

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  17. The dress is adorable! I love the ruffles.:)

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  18. Darling! I want to take up sewing. Maybe if I win it'll be the nudge I need to get started.

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  19. Looks adorable! My vote is red ribbon. :)

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  20. This is cute! I say Red ribbon ;)

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  21. It's such a darling dress! I like your indecisive decision! You can change the ribbon according to your mood! Perfect!

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  22. I love the blue ribbon. But then again half my wardrobe is some shade of blue :) Makes me long for a little girl to sew for!

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  23. Very cute! Love the polka dot fabric! And I like the blue ribbon too! :)

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  24. Cute dress. I agree with you about the top stitching...I think it gives a more polished finish!

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  25. the dress is adorable... I don't think I could decide on a color for the sash though!

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  26. Super cute dress! and I like the red :)

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  27. I love the dress. All the ribbons look great on it, but I prefer the red one.

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  28. You did a terrific job! I really like this dress a lot and you can really just change out the ribbons depending on what socks/tights/shoes, etc... your Little Miss is going to wear.

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  29. I'm planning a navy polka dot dress for my little girl, and this just made me realize that it's going to need a red or yellow sash!

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  30. Great dress... I like all the ribbons!

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  31. WAIT. Is that YOUR ribbon collection!?? I'm pretty sure that's a wider selection than my local Joanns! How incredible to have those at your fingertips at all times! Anyways - beautiful dress! I love how versatile it is with all those ribbon colors (and other accessories like shoes and cardigans). It's perfect for any occasion!

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  32. I LOVE the dress!!! I too would change the ribbons to suit my mood!

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  33. So sweet! I would have trouble with the ribbon selection, too.

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  34. love the polka dots, and the freedom to switch up the ribbon as the mood strikes you. Great giveaway!

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  35. Love it! My granddaughter has a thing for ruffles too. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone!
    cokelush at gmail

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  36. What a cute dress! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

    Julie

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  37. What a beautiful - and versatile - dress. I love the ribbon options too. The light blue ribbon is my favorite :)

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  38. SO CUTE. The ribbon really makes it! I think the red pops, but the blue and the black work also!

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  39. What a sweet dress! I'm partial to the red sash, but that blue is really pretty, too!

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  40. What a cute dress! If I had a girl I would make this, but alas nothing but boys over at my house. I love the pink sash, but then again, I've had all the blue I can take w/all the boys! lol.

    -Reyna
    http://www.glamglory.blogspot.com

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  41. I've been eyeing the vivian and now I definitely want the pattern. This is adorable!

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  42. The dress looks great! Patterns or fabric-- I could use both!

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  43. Beautiful dress and I like how you could wear any ribbon as a "belt" to add a pop of color. You take amazing photos!

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  44. This dress is beautiful! Great job!

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  45. So adorable - definitely checking into this pattern!

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  46. so nice! I like the black sash.

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