The Story of Four - Tadah! Tea Party Dress

March 24, 2018

Sometime last year I managed to find some Review Australia fabric at Lincraft.  I just had to have it.  As I got closer to finishing my make from it I knew I was going to end up with some leftovers, not a large amount but around a metre or so.  Thankfully I knew what the perfect thing to make would be.  One of my friends loves Review clothing as much as I do and has a daughter who I would have more than enough fabric to make a dress for.


As I don't get to sew for little girls on a regular basis I asked some of my friends what pattern I should use and the overwhelming response was for the Tadah Tea Party Dress.  This pattern is fantastic!  Four neckline options, four back options, three sleeve options (not to mention more available in an add on pack) as well as two skirts.


For all these dresses, there ended up being four in total we decided on a sleeveless, boat neck, classic back with gathered skirt.  While these all use the same pattern I think they ended up looking different depending on the fabric choice.  I also used a few different fabric types and think this impacts on the look.  The Review floral is a sateen and while the pattern doesn't recommend fabrics with stretch the lining solves that problem.  I think the sateen also gives it a more formal look.


The second dress was using a flamingo voile from Spotlight.  This is one of my favourite fabrics that they had in stock over summer.  This dress was again using scraps I had leftover from something I made myself, which I've worn frequently but haven't actually blogged yet.


I think the voile makes the dress more casual than the sateen, but is still super cute.


The next dress I made was using a Laura Blythman I picked up at Spotlight.  As it was coming up to Easter I thought this bunny print would make an adorable Easter Dress.


I was not wrong, it is totally adorable.  The other brilliant thing about this pattern is how little fabric is takes up, I manged to squeeze this one out of 70cm using a different fabric for the lining.  I also used french seams on the skirt seams, I had grey thread in my overlocker and I really didn't want to change it to white for one skirt. French seams are way easier than rethreading my overlocker!


The last dress I made was using a Lotta Jansdotter quilting cotton I bought a few years ago.  I stumbled across a blog with a black and white striped Tea Party Dress and really liked it. I was starting fabric stash the other day and found this grey and white stripe that I thought would work quite well.  Needless to say I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out


I finished all the dresses with snaps, which are my new favourite way of adding closures, especially too kids clothes.  Not only are they super easy to add, they are also easy to close which I think comes in handy when dressing small children.  The range of colours available means there is always something that works and the price is great (they work out at about 4 cents a set - much better than buttons!)


And a few extra photos, just because...





-Review Australia Designer End from Lincraft
-Laura Blythman Bunnies (Last Season) from Spotlight
-Lotta Jansdotter (Bella Stripe) from East Coast Fabrics

1 comment:

  1. I will have to check my stash to see if I picked up any of this rabbit fabric. It's beautful, but for some reason I think I got all of the other prints in this range minus this one.
    You have a very lucky friend, these are beautiful