Canadian Designer Blog Tour and a Holly Dress

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It’s my turn on the Canadian Designer Blog tour.  When I saw the call for bloggers, I was excited.  Firstly, I love to support indie pattern designers.  Secondly, I really love to support Canadian indie pattern designers.  Before this tour, I had no idea just how many Canadian designers there were.  Thank you so much to Ula of Lulu & Celeste for putting this whole tour together.

I decided on the Holly Dress by Audrey and Tiffany.  It was the partial circle skirt that sold me on it.  The twirlier the better, and my daughter is a sucker for twirl.  I must admit, I also prefer a circle skirt to a gathered skirt.  There’s something about the clean look of it and also NO massive amounts of gathers!  Don’t get me wrong, I also love a gathered skirt.  But it’s a nice change not to.


I made this in a size 4 with the gathering option instead of the pin tucks.  I love both looks, but I haven’t made a dress with a gathered bodice before, and I wanted to give it a go.


This is my first time sewing an Audrey and Tiffany pattern.  I’m always willing to try a new designer and I’m glad I did.  I’m a sucker for under stitching.  I much prefer it to topstitching.  I’ll often substitute it for topstitching in a pattern to prevent the lining from peeking over the top.  But I love it even more when a pattern actually tells you to under stitch; which this one did.

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Another thing I loved about this pattern.  The button placket on the back.  It was probably the part I had the most trouble with.  The photos really helped me muddle my way through it.  It may have been my first time doing a placket like this and I think it turned out really well.  I was worried at first, when I was trying to line up the contrast band at the back.  I’m not always perfect, but in this case, both sides lined up pretty much bang on.



I picked up some really sweet buttons that I think suit the fabric.  I really like the button loops at the back instead of button holes.  I think it makes the dress that much more special.  I really love the elegance and simplicity of the entire dress…but I especially love the back!


We decided to take the kids to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa.  We try to go every year.  There is so much that goes on in Ottawa every year and we really don’t take advantage of everything that is available to us.  What I didn’t realize is that we went on the last weekend of the festival.  So the tulips were pretty much dead.  It didn’t bother the kids at all.  They still had a blast.   If you’re ever in Ottawa in May, it’s a great time.  Especially if the tulips are actually in bloom.

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

And what would be a day at a festival without a ginormous bag of popcorn and ice cream?!



Now for the fun bits.  From June 11th to 15th only, Audrey and Tiffany are offering 25% off their patterns with the coupon code OHCANADA.

Also, you can enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win the Holly and Secret Garden pdf dress patterns.

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There are so many bloggers taking part in this tour.

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And also so many sponsors.


Head on over to Lulu and Celeste to sew along and enter to win some amazing prize packages.


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