I’m currently having a wonderful break in Paris but I’m just popping in to show you my first Marshmallow Dress since the pattern has launched today! This is the first pattern released by the very lovely Ana of Coco Wawa Crafts and I was lucky enough to pattern test it for her. I’ve followed Ana on Instagram for a while and I love her style, and I’m always eyeing up the great organic print fabrics she stocks on her website, as well as the t-shirt yarn which is on my wishlist to make a chunky crochet scarf someday soon. Ana had been hinting about her debut pattern for a little while and I was eagerly anticipating the launch to see what she had up her sleeve, so I was delighted to get the chance to make it before the official release!
Don’t you think Marshmallow is just the best name for a dress pattern? It sounds so cute and reflects the aesthetic and vibe perfectly! As you would expect, the styling of Ana’s first pattern is adorable. The Marshmallow is a trapeze dress with a ruffle trim and lots of cute design options – you can make it with or without sleeves, and add cuffs, a peter pan collar and/or a bow – all of my favourite touches! I chose to make a long sleeved version with contrast cuffs and collar. When it came to picking a fabric, this sausage dog print by Dashwood Studio in my favourite mustard yellow has been on my wish list for a while and I thought it would work well with the look of this dress. You might also remember the sausage dog Mortmain dress I made earlier this year, but I don’t think you can ever have too many dresses with sausage dogs on, right?!? I added a contrast monochrome polka dot fabric to set off the collar and cuffs. I do like a contrasting collar!
The dress fastens with a button band at the back which was interesting to construct, and adds a lovely design detail. I alternated between grey and white buttons to pick up on the colours in the print. And you’ll be pleased to hear it has pockets in the side seams, as any good indie pattern should! Since I was testing the pattern I didn’t make any significant changes as I made this dress, the only real change I made was to line it. The pattern doesn’t call for this and gives the option of using facings or bias binding to finish the neckline, but I was making this to wear in Autumn/Winter and wanted it to be extra snuggly!
When I first made this dress, I used the contrast white and black polka dot cotton for the collar and cuffs and for the ruffle as you’ll see above, but I wasn’t entirely happy with how the contrast ruffle looked. The polka dot material was a lot thinner than the main material and you could see my tights through it, and I don’t think the overall balance of the dress was quite right, so I swapped it for a ruffle in the main fabric instead and I’m much happier with the result! Overall I found this dress to be a great fit, but once I had finished it and tried it on I did opt to take in the side seams. The dress is a trapeze shape which is a great style and extremely comfy, but it was just a little too wide around the hips for my personal preference. I think next time I make this dress I will grade between my size around the chest to the smallest size around the hips to make it the right silhouette for me.
And best of all – this dress goes perfectly with my new spotty Clarks shoes, which were an absolute bargain in the sale recently and have a very cute block heel with a definite 1960s vibe. I wore this outfit to go for afternoon tea last week and I felt very cute and extremely comfortable, which is exactly what I look for in a dress!
Huge congratulations to Ana on the release of her first pattern, I’m wishing you lots of luck with the Marshmallow dress! Since I started making my own clothes I have mostly used patterns from independent brands for lots of reasons – I find the designs more unique, and I am full of admiration for indie pattern designers so I love to know I am supporting their creative dream, but perhaps the biggest appeal for me is the attention to detail you get with an indie pattern from the packaging to the instruction booklet as I’m a sucker for good branding. So I am very happy to see a new designer on the block and I’m excited to see what comes next from Coco Wawa Sewing Patterns!
I’m off to eat some more macarons – au revoir for now!