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THE BLUE RIDGE DRESS PATTERN SWAP





When I saw the new Blue Ridge Dress from Hello Holli I immediately knew that I would make one. I love the modern lines and yet still feminine cut of this dress. My daughter is still in a dress and skirts only phase which means that I am always on the hunt for great little girl dress patterns. Holli contacted my awhile back with this amazing idea that she had - pattern swaps. The idea being that we each sew up one another's patterns. I loved the idea and was completely on board. On Holli's blog, Hello Holli, you will find her version of the Mini Southport dress. Be sure to go and check it out to see what she came up with. She has great style so I am sure that it will be amazing. The Blue Ridge Dress has so many things that I love. Besides the modern lines, the finishing is really great. Not only does it look amazing on the outside, but it is beautifully finished on the inside with no exposed seams. Quite the work of art I must say. I love the twirly skirt and large 2 inch hem. I also think that the bias binding outlining all of the parts allows for a lot fun and unexpected fabric combinations. The fabric that I used is this gorgeous woven textile from Fabric.com. I am kicking myself for not buying more although admittedly it was a beast to work with. Lots and lots of fraying. The bias tape is store bought. Holli recommends making your own for better results and after making up her dress I have to agree with her. The store bought worked fine, but I think that homemade would be softer and would turn the curves better. The bottom of the dress is just some Kona cotton. I love the way it looks - kinda like chambray - but if I were to do it again I would use something more lightweight. It ended up a bit thick for summer. I think either linen or two layers of voile would have been more appropriate. Both my daughter and I give this dress two thumbs up. Holli has done as amazing job and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.