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Stef’s BHL Anna Dress

This week’s LSA Blog Squad post is brought to you by the lovely Stef from Stef Makes. She’s made the By Hand London Anna dress from our Libby viscose and it is just so pretty!


Ok, so I made another floral number. I find something happens when the weather heats up and the impulse to wear flowery things on repeat sets in… just me? Well anyway, to add to my collection I now have a new By Hand London, Anna Dress in Libby Viscose from Like Sew Amazing. Not only am I in flower power heaven with this one, I think I’m actually in love.

So a little more about it…

I made an Anna Dress back in December last year for a friend’s wedding and so was not entirely unfamiliar with the pattern. Because of this I was able to make a couple of tweaks second time around to improve upon the fit even further.

The most notable adjustment this time was in making the neckline smaller. I have quite narrow shoulders and find that with the original version I am confined to wearing a strapless bra as the shoulder seams start quite a way over. This worked well for a statement evening gown but for a chuck-it-on Summer dress, I wanted to make it a bit more ‘everyday wearable’ (with any underwear I like!).

I made the neckline narrower by using the cut and slash method. From memory, I think I ended up taking around 4cm out of the circumference of the neck hole (i.e. 1cm on each of the front and back pattern pieces).

In addition to the neckline adjustment I took the bodice in at the back by a further 1.5cm. I chose to line the bodice (instead of making a facing) and found that the main fabric had a little more give than the lining. It didn’t cause an issue, just goes to show that fit will vary from fabric to fabric.

And so a word about this Viscose. What can I say, it’s gorgeous. The pattern is non-directional which meant I could be much more economical with the pattern piece placement at the cutting out stage (I am most grateful for this given that the skirt for the Anna has 7 panels!). Overall I managed to get the whole thing out of 2.5 metres. That said, I wouldn’t have had a scrap left to make any facings – lucky I chose to line the bodice instead!

The drape of the fabric also gets a thumbs up from me. It has all the lovely qualities of Viscose and makes the perfect Summer dress. Light and floaty (perfect for this hot weather) but substantial enough not to have to wear a slip underneath.

This version of the Anna is quite the contrast to my Winter wedding version from last year. It really is a versatile pattern and can be adapted for all seasons and occasions simply by changing the fabric and the cut. Hats off By Hand London! I will be making many more of these – especially now I have nailed the fit.

Speaking of style change… The last notable adjustment was the length. I realised that there is a gap in my wardrobe for dresses with skirts inbetween midi and full length and had bookmarked several versions of the Anna on Instagram where people have opted for a length that is somewhere between the two versions on the pattern packet. Not only does this fill a gap in my wardrobe, it fits the bill for a classic Summer dress; complementing style, drape and print for this version in particular.

So all things said and done I am really (really!) pleased with my new Anna. I am in the process of packing my bags for a Summer break and this little number with very definitely securing a spot.

Stef x

Stevie dress – pattern review

Having already made the Seren dress, I also wanted to try out the other new release from Tilly and the Buttons – the Stevie.

I wasn’t as immediately taken with this one as I am not that much of a fan of boxy silhouettes on me – being petite, I think it is easy to get drowned by them. I had seen lots of lovely versions on Instagram though and when this lovely Poppy Array cotton poplin came in to the shop, I knew it would be the perfect fabric. It is structured enough to hold it’s shape but still has some movement to it.

I have never regretted putting pockets into a dress but I definitely have regretted not adding pockets so I added some side seam pockets to my Stevie. To do this, I used the pocket pattern piece from the Myosotis dress as it was the nearest one to hand, and measured down 6cm from the waist notch and marked that as the placement for the top of each pocket piece on the front and back pieces.

I also added the top pocket as I wanted to add one of these gorgeous flower buttons as is goes so nicely with the fabric. I just created a buttonhole before I attached the pocket to the front of the dress.

I decided to add some matching ribbon for the tie as I thought ties in the same fabric might be a bit too stiff. I’m really pleased that I did as I think it gives it a lovely pop of colour.

I really love how the facings are topstitched down – this prevents them from flapping about and getting in the way!

I also decided to run a line of topstitching around the edges of the cuffs to keep them in place and prevent the overlocking showing.

I was worried about it being too short but I think it comes out at just the right length on me – had I not been 5’2, I would have added a couple of inches on to the length.

My measurements put me between the size 1 and 2 but I decided to go for the size 2 – I could comfortably make it in the size 1 next time though as there is lots of ease.

All in all, it was a pretty quick make – it only took 2 hours to sew up.

Even though the shape is very loose on me, I think it is great for hot summer days and it can also be synched in with a belt if I feel like it. I love the combination of the simple shape with the print of the fabric and I’m really pleased with my embellishments.

I am actually keen to make a Stevie top in a rayon or maybe this lovely Cupro to see how it looks in a drapier fabric.

Athina’s Stevie Dress

This week’s LSABlogSquad post comes courtesy of guest blogger, Athina Kakou. Athina made the new Tilly and the Buttons Stevie dress from our Cotton and Steel Freja Rose cotton and it is simply divine!


Hello  everyone!  

First  of  all,  let  me  tell  you  how  excited  I  am  to  be  guest  posting  at  the  Like  Sew  Amazing  blog  today,  among  so  many  other  talented  sewists!  

When Tilly and the Buttons released their two summer patterns, Stevie and Seren, I knew I wanted to give them both a try. I won’t lie to you, at first I was a bit hesitant about the Stevie dress, because I wasn’t sure if the boxy style was going to fit me. But as the days went buy and hundreds of versions started popping up online, I really fell in love with it and decided it was time to make one for myself.

So, today I’m here to review my first Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Choosing a fabric for my Stevie was the most difficult part of the entire process. I wanted to get something from the Like Sew Amazing fabric shop, but Sarah has so many amazing fabrics in stock and such an eye for designs and prints that it took me 3 days to decide which one I was going to use for my Stevie. In the end, I went with this stunning Cotton and Steel cotton.

The minute it arrived on my doorstep and I opened the parcel I realized I had made the best choice. Not only is its quality beautiful, as you would expect from a Cotton and Steel fabric, but the print was exactly what I was looking for. Not too big, with the colours I love wearing and fitting perfectly to the whole “Pink Collection” makes that I’m working on this summer. After sewing up so many pink and fuchsia garments, I wanted something that would still have a nod to my favorite colour, but would incorporate another shade as well. Truth is, I don’ usually wear coral, but I LOVE it on this dress.

Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Regarding the construction, the Stevie dress is the perfect beginner pattern. It has no closures, no darts, no set-in sleeves, so you can essentially whip it up in a few hours. I adore the details on this garment, like the pretty bow in the back yoke (which you can omit if you don’t like it) and the cuffs on the sleeves. Tilly’s instructions are as always great and easy-to-follow!

The only tricky part in this garment – which isn’t particularly hard, it just requires some precision – is the topstitching of the facing. If you feel tempted to omit this step, I’d tell you not to, because this tiny little detail really adds something to this simple design and you will not regret it in the end. Just go slowly, take your time and use a matching thread (or a busy print) to prevent wonky stitching lines from showing too much on the outside.

Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons

As for the size and the overall fit, I recently lost a few pounds and for the first time in Tilly’s patterns I made a size 3. Because I trust Tilly’s drafting so much, I decided to cut straight into my pretty fabric and not make a toile. The dress fits me like a glove and I didn’t have to make any alterations. Although I was concerned that it might not be flattering because of its boxy shape, turns out I really like this style on me! I have already worn my Stevie twice and it was perfect for the heatwave that we are currently having and I already have my eyes on this fabric to make another one before the summer ends.

Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Overall, I definitely recommend this pattern! It’s easy to sew, requires minimum fitting and would be the perfect garment to begin your dressmaking journey with. I hope you found my review useful and that you like my Stevie!

Happy sewing,



Halifax Hoodie fabric inspiration

The Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Handmade is the Sew My Style pattern for August.

Even though we are having one of the best summers in the recent past in the UK, it is still always nice to have something cosy for cooler evenings and this will be great as we transition into Autumn/Winter.

There are several options for customising your Halifax and depending on your fabric choice, you will get a differing looks.

Lighter weight options

If you wanted to go for a lighter weight hoodie, you could opt for a loop back French Terry, like this sand coloured fabric:

You can also use a cotton jersey to make your Halifax, as long as it is a medium weight. Why not mix up some of the gorgeous Albstoffe organic cotton jerseys?

Traditional sweatshirting

For a more traditional sweatshirt, use a fleece backed sweatshirting, like these options:

Mottled Mint Sweatshirt

Yarn Dyed Striped French Terry

Antique rose French Terry

Ponte Roma

You could also opt for a stable knit like a ponte roma – this black and grey dual faced ponte is a great option for colour blocking:


Of course, hoodies don’t have to be completely casual, you can opt to use a velour to add a touch of glamour!

Glass velour mink


Sweatshirt fleece traditionally has no stretch, so it may be worth using a ribbing fabric for the cuffs – we have three different rib knits in stock:

Antique rose



Or you can use one of the stunning new Albstoffe cuffs to add some gorgeous detail:

Cuff Me College

Cuff Me Icon

Contrast details

You can also choose to use a contrasting fabric for your hood lining – you can use any lighter weight jersey for this.

I hope this gave you some good ideas for fabric choices. I can’t wait to get started on mine!


Emily’s Cali Faye Jumpsuit Hack

Emily from Self Assembly Required has shared her latest LSABlogSquad make – the Cali Faye Dress 47 that she has hacked into a jumpsuit! It looks so chic in our black linen rayon blend


So you all know how much love I have for the Dress 47 pattern from Cali Faye. (I went on and on about it here if you missed it). It’s a really cute summer dress with a tie front detail. I made mine out of a denim blue linen with a buttoned skirt pattern hack.

I knew from the get go that I wanted to do a jumpsuit hack of this pattern too.

I was sent some black linen/ rayon mix fabric from the Like Sew Amazing online shop for this make!

I decided to marry two patterns together rather than try to draft something new and I chose the New Look 6446 jumpsuit to do it!

I’ve made the 6446 jumpsuit as culottes multiple times before (see it in action here) so I knew it would fit. I like the style – that wide legged cropped pant with angled pockets just works so well.

The only question was how to mash the two together?

The first thing to do was to measure the waists of the NL6446 pants and the Dress 47 waistband to see how much of a difference there was. In the sizes I used there was a 1cm difference where the waistband was slightly bigger.

To compensate for this I planned to sew the culotte side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance instead of the 5/8″ it’s supposed to have.

The other thing I noted at this point was that though the measurements weren’t too far off, there was a big discrepancy between where the side seams were. I decided to just not let this bother me as I was using a plain black fabric and knew no one would be able to see this seam anyway.

The New Look 6446 jumpsuit uses a zipper in the back but I want to change this to the front just to make it easier to make and get in/out of. This involved a little more work because I now needed to add a fly front!

Luckily all my jeans making this year has helped get my mind around those!

In other words I blatantly ripped off the style of my Ginger jeans (and general instructions) to do this!

So firstly, I added a curved element to the pattern of the front pant. I also cut out a fly shield piece of a similar width so I had two pieces that looked like this.

I made my fly in the opposite direction to the jeans. Traditionally jeans will button up left over right in a “men’s” style but a “ladies” trouser will go right over left.

This meant I had to think of doing everything the opposite to what my brain wanted to do!

I have to say, once you’ve put in a couple of fly zippers they do get a lot easier and actually mine came out pretty neat. It’s all practice people, practice!

For the top half of the jumpsuit I kept the bodice pieces of Dress 47 the same. I halved the waistband piece lengthways to form an outer band and a facing and extended the centre fronts to compensate for the extra fabric of the fly. This keeps he waistband slightly long than needed but at this point it’s better to have too much than too little!

To put it all together I made the bodice and attached the waistband as normal.

I then sewed the outer waistband to the top of the culottes, matching the centre backs.

I added some elastic into the back waistband to help keep it cinched in.

The excess seam allowance was folded under and hand basted into place before being top stitched down.

I finished off the waistband with a slider clasp to close it.

And ta-da!

A culotte jumpsuit!

Sew My Style – Lander shorts review

I had already made a pair of cropped Lander pants from linen earlier in the year but I really fancied making the shorts version. I had got the fit spot on with the trousers so knew what I needed to do for the shorts version.

I was going to make the shorts from some black linen for a chic look, however, as we have been having such a lovely summer in the UK and I’ve been wearing lots of colour lately, I changed my mind and opted for this gorgeous tropical themed Palms Peach cotton by Cotton and Steel. I think the colours are so stunning and it really gives the shorts a great summer vibe.

I lined the shorts with some scraps of the flamingo linen that I made my Jenny Overalls from, to continue the tropical theme!

The adjustments I made were to take out half an inch from the centre back seam graduating to the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance at the back notch. I then just cut a really long waistband so that I could cut it down to size to fit the trousers.

I decided to go for the inside front pockets. I had seen that Kelly from True Bias had posted this hack on her blog and thought it looked good. I wasn’t especially keen on trying to pattern match this busy print so this was a good alternative! I think it works really well and would definitely use this finish again.

I used some large red buttons from my stash and I think they look really good against the fabric.

As with my latest Carnaby dress, I used the cute Cotton and Steel selvedge as a label on the inside of the waistband. I used these gorgeous sunglasses for some cute detail!

I love the length and fit of the shorts – they fit so well and don’t feel too short! I will definitely make another pair now that the fit is spot on. Maybe a denim pair next?

Cute Kitty Carnaby

As I have been wearing my first Nina Lee Carnaby dress all the time this Summer, I thought it would be a good idea to make another one. I love that it is so easy to throw on and makes you feel put together while still being really comfortable to wear.

I bought some of this gorgeous Cotton and Steel fabric from Sew Scrumptious when we did our Pop Up Shop together last week and couldn’t wait to make it into another Carnaby. The dress really lends itself to being made from mid weight cottons, and I love the fun prints from Cotton and Steel.

In my previous version, I had omitted the back zip and opted for a button and loop closure, but seeing as I don’t even need to undo that to get it on, I decided to omit a closure altogether for this version and cut the back piece on the fold. I had to adjust both the back bodice and back skirt pieces to account for this and it did mean taking out some of the shaping near the hips but I still think it works just as well.

I also needed to cut the back facing piece on the fold and then I attached the new all in one facing to the dress using the burrito method. There are some great youtube tutorials on this, if you need further help.

Cotton and Steel fabrics tend to have adorable selvedges and I think this was the best one I’ve seen yet! It is highly complementary and tells you that “You look nice today” so I decided to add it as a label on the neck facing.

Overall, I think my favourite thing about this dress has to be the pockets. I used some leftover Cotton and Steel fabric in a contrasting pink for the pockets and facings – I think it just adds some nice detail. The pockets are just so useful for storage and means you don’t need to carry a bag!

The Carnaby pattern has proved really popular lately but the good news is, I have just restocked them!


Suzie’s Seren Dress

Suzie from Threadquarters has made the most stunning Seren dress from our mid blue Tencel. There is some serious dress envy going on here!


I am back today to share my second make for the Like Sew Amazing Blog Squad. For my first LSA make I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to make, and just perused Sarah’s gorgeous selection of fabric for something that I loved (I ended up making a fab cropped Kalle Shirt out of the most beautiful palm print cotton lawn, you can check it out here). However, this time around, I knew that I really wanted to make one of Tilly and The Buttons’ latest patterns, the Seren dress.

The Seren dress is a button down strappy sun dress, with an a-line skirt and a very pretty (optional) flounce at the top of the bodice. It needs fairly light weight fabric, and if you are sewing the flounce version then drape is going to be your friend. Sarah actually has an option on her drop down menu specifically for ‘drapey‘ fabric, which is simply genius, and made my picking process a *little* bit easier (I say only a little, because all her fabric is gorgeous! lol).

I ended up picking the Medium Blue Tencel Chambray. Like Sew Amazing is one of the very few fabric shops in the UK that I have come across to stock tencel, so I was very excited to find this. And I decided that since I ALWAYS go for a big, bold pattern, perhaps I should introduce a little bit of solid into my wardrobe, so a soft blue dress would be perfect.

When the fabric arrived I nearly DIED! I just wanted to curl up in it and fall asleep. Talk about soft. I have never felt fabric as soft as this. And so much drape – it really is like liquid chambray. Truly astounding. But, be warned, it isn’t without its challenges – more of that later!

The Seren Dress

I was pretty excited when Tilly revealed her two latest sewing patterns – a simple shift dress or boxy top (the Stevie), and a button up sundress, (the Seren). If you watched my last YouTube video, where I took you shopping with me for sewing inspiration, I list a number of styles that I wanted to sew up…and these two patterns ticked a lot of my boxes…perhaps Tilly had watched my video and designed these patterns especially for me? Probably not, but I snapped them both up straight away.

I came across a rather strange situation while decided what size pattern to cut…my bust was coming in as size 6, while my waist and hip were size 5. This never happens to me. I am very much a pear shape and I have a pretty small bust, so I was a bit confused by this. Nonetheless I went with it and cut a 5 waistband and skirt and a size 6 bodice, grading to 5 at the waistline.

Something to note when picking your fabric for this pattern – due to the a-line nature of the skirt, it needs a wide fabric! And if you are going for a flounce and the midi-length be prepared to use the FULL 2.5m that the pattern recommends. I had about 1cm left under my last pattern piece! This hardly ever happens as I usually try and play ‘pattern tetris’ and squeeze all the pieces into the smallest amount of fabric possible (in the hopes I’ll have enough left for something else…Ogden Cami anyone?).

Tips for working with Tencel

As beautiful as this tencel is, it is definitely a bit of a challenge to sew with. I would perhaps not recommend this fabric to complete newbies, but if you are up for a little bit of  a challenge then go for it!

As I described the fabric before, it has such an amazing drape that it is almost like liquid. Unfortunately, it is that movement that makes it a little tricky to work with. Here are some tips to making your sewing process as stress free as possible:

  • Instead of cutting out your pieces with pins and scissors, it’s a good idea to switch to a cutting mat, rotary cutter and pattern weights
  • You might also like to try a spray starch to give the fabric a bit of temporary structure while you work with it. I haven’t tried this, but hear it’s very good. Don’t forget to do a test with a small piece of the fabric first!
  • When ironing on your interfacing, get out the paper pattern piece and make sure your facings are exactly the right shape before attaching the interfacing
  • Pins, pins and MORE pins when sewing!
  • If you have a walking foot, now is a good time to use it. This fabric can creep quite a lot while being sewn and a walking foot (along with all those pins I just mentioned), will help prevent this
  • Press with a pressing cloth as much as you can to avoid shine
  • And don’t forget about the PINS!

That being said, I don’t want to put you off! If you take your time and follow these tips it is completely worth the extra effort. This dress is so soft and ridiculously comfy that I could nearly put it in the Secret Pyjama category.

Somewhere over the rainbow

So, you may have notice my colourful buttons? They are, in fact, snaps! When I first started on this project I had a much more muted, understated version in mind. I picked up some really beautiful grey buttons and was excited to use them. Unfortunately, my sewing machine had other plans. I just could NOT get it to sew a buttonhole on the waistband! It would sew up beautiful buttonhole after beautiful buttonhole on my test scraps, but I just kept getting big thread ‘nests’ on my actual dress.

So, because time was against me, I had to come up with a plan B. Searching through my sewing stash I pulled out some lovely pearl snaps….but I only had 6, and this dress requires 15 (YES, 15!) buttons/fastenings. I also had some heavy duty black snaps, but again I only had 10 and they were really a bit too clunky for this fabric. Finally, I pulled out my large stash of colourful plastic snaps which I had originally bought for baby clothes. I was not convinced. Every colour I held up to the dress looked tacky and a bit childish. I really didn’t know what to do.

That day my Instagram feed had been filled with rainbow coloured pictures to celebrate Pride2018. I think that is more than likely how I ended up deciding to just use every single colour of snap that I owned on this dress! Initially I thought it would look ridiculous, but as I laid them out I just KNEW this was it. And so my rather proud Seren dress was born!

Does anyone else have issues with their machine sewing buttonholes on waistbands, collar bands, or just fabric with a bump near it? Do you have any tips of how I can overcome this? Or do I just need to get a better machine?!!

I always say that everything happens for a reason, and had my machine sewn up those buttonholes perfectly, I never would have dreamed of using a rainbow of snaps down my dress! But I’m so glad I did!


Jenny H’s Deer and Doe Plantain Top

Jenny from the Wardrobe Architect, has completed her next make for the LSABlogSquad – the Plantain top by Deer and Doe from our Clara yarn dyed jersey. It is such a simple but staple garment for your handmade wardrobe.


For my second Like Sew Amazing Blog Squad make I opted to try a pattern I have not made before – The Deer and Doe Plantain top. I’ve seen loads of amazing versions of it all over Instagram and can’t believe it has taken me this long to try it!

The Plantain is a free pattern from Deer and Doe when you register your details with them. It has a scoop neck and a slightly flared shape. There are optional elbow patches but I left these off. There are 3 sleeve lengths and I was initially planning 3/4 sleeves, but decided on elbow length. To get the length right I folded the pattern piece halfway across the elbow patch marking, so that it would hit at my elbow.
The fabric I chose is this beautiful striped cotton jersey. It is white and pale sage/teal and is lovely and fresh for this time of year. It is a good weight, very opaque and has a lot of stretch recovery. It is very soft and was stable and easy to work with. The edges do roll slightly when it is cut, but it stays still when cutting and sewing so the stripe matching was much easier!
The Plantain is a very quick, easy sew. In this jersey, including cutting out and stripe matching, the whole process was under an hour and a half. I think cotton jerseys like this make speedy sewing a lot easier because they don’t shift around or stretch out awkwardly.
The one part I struggled very slightly with was the neckband, it really has to be stretched a lot to fit the neckline. I thought I would end up with a very puckered neckline, but this fabric held up really well under the tension and with a little bit of a press it lies so flat and neat. I topstitched the seam allowance down all around the neck and I think it might be my neatest one yet!
I think this is a really flattering and versatile pattern and I can see myself making a lot more. I love the fabric and after I made it I spotted a similar fabric on Boden, made into a long sleeved top.
This top reminds me of the I AM Patterns Zebre, I think it could be completely recreated using this fabric. I also think the fabric is probably better quality than the Boden option as it contains elastane to help it bounce back into shape.
Boden also do a pink version, and the same fabric I used is also available in pink! I love these colours for this time of year and you can’t go wrong with stripes!
Jenny x

Seren dress – pattern review

With two new Tilly and the Buttons patterns released this month, we are spoilt for choice but I decided to start with the Seren dress as I haven’t sewn a lovely summery dress in a while.

I was a bit torn between the tie front and plain front but I decided to go with something a bit different altogether – separates! When I first saw the Ariana embroidered chambray, I had a vision of it being made into a cool midi length button up skirt, worn with tan coloured clogs. I decided to make that vision a reality by hacking the Seren into the midi skirt I had in my mind, with a matching tie front top!

I made some other crucial changes too. Firstly, I added the all important side seam pockets. I just would have felt weird not having them there and they are super easy to add in. Secondly, I lined the bodice using white cotton lawn, rather than using the facings. I prefer the clean finish of a lined garment, and there is no faffing about with keeping the facings down. I also thought the flash of white  on the tie front would be a cute detail.

To make the lined bodice, I simply omitted the facings and cut another set of back and front pieces out of my lining fabric. I did interface them using the facing pieces as a template, just so that the button holes would be easier. I left a gap in one of the lining side seams to enable me to turn it all through and then I sewed the perimeter of the bodice together (RST). After trimming the seams, I then pulled it through and hand stitched the side seam gap using a ladder stitch. Easy peasy!

The skirt was a little trickier, as after I had sewn the front button stand facing on and understitched them, and sewn the side seams to the back skirt, I tried it on and it was way too big. It would have been a lot of work to unpick either of the seams and the fabric I used was not the easiest to unpick, due the embroidery. My solution was to fold the button stand back on itself on both sides and topstitch in place. This gave it a cleaner finish but did add a lot of bulk which made sewing the buttonholes slightly challenging.

I then attached the waistband and just sewed it to meet the new front end pieces.

There are 15 buttonholes on the midi length version of the Seren. And that is a lot of buttonholes when you are having to fight with the machine on every one! It is also a lot of buttons to sew on, but I sat in the sunshine doing that so it wasn’t too onerous.

I was thinking about using copper jeans buttons but in the end I found some cute wooden ones which will match my shoes perfectly!

I am really pleased with the look of the outfit together. And I have great options to wear them as separates and combine multiple looks.

The instructions, as always, are really easy to follow. Obviously I went off piste for a lot of the steps but if you are making the dress as normal, it should be a breeze!

I would really like to make the ruffle front version of the dress in a cool floaty rayon next.