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Bundle Up! Violette Field Threads – Ginger {pattern review}

2015 May 4

I’m so excited to be part of another Bundle Up Tour. Pattern Revolution has put together a Women’s Bundle Up grouping this time and these brand new patterns cover everything from jeans to bathing suits, with dresses and tops in-between! When I was trying to decide which pattern to make as part of this tour, I went a bit out of my comfort zone and chose to make another Violette Field Threads pattern – Ginger, in the Misses Version.

Originally I was going to make the peplum top version, but, honestly – if you are going to do something out of the ordinary you may as well go all out, right? So I chose a crazy multi-coloured floral, cut into my hoarded teal chambray scraps and sewed myself a proper party dress! Now all I need is a party to wear it too… or a fancy summer date with my husband!

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I’m generally intimidated by fitted patterns, but I am trying to learn how to tailor patterns to fit properly, so I forged ahead. I would really recommend this pattern as a good place to start making some simple alterations. Since the proper fit is created using two darts on bottom of the front bodice, it is simpler to move them around without causing extra trouble!

When I made my bodice muslin, I found that there was quite a bit of extra space all around, due to my needing a size 2 at the top and size 8 at the waist! The darts were a bit off as well – so I put the muslin on inside out and pinned in the extra fabric so it fit properly. I found taking in an inch on the centre front also moved the darts in so they pointed in the correct direction – perfect!

Thoughts on the pattern:

  • PDF pattern, easy to print, put together, and reprint when necessary.
  • If you choose to make the peplum top you can save quite a bit of paper by choosing to print only the peplum skirt pieces. Super helpful!
  • Violette Field Threads cannot be faulted in their instructions in any way. The steps are well photographed and explained.
  • There are good size and alteration tips to help you along.

Here are a few things I love about it:

  • They rigged the circle skirt to take the fullness out of the hip area. Thank you VFT!
  • Pockets. Pockets! LOVE the pockets. It’s so comfortable to be able to have a pocket to hold a few things. Or a place to put your hand in photographs!
  • Despite it using quite a bit of fabric, it comes together quickly once you start sewing.
  • It’s cute and out of the ordinary! (and, did I mention it has pockets?!)
  • Two versions – you can also make a peplum top.
  • If you are small-busted it works quite well as a strapless top. You don’t even need to add the halter portion!
  • The circle skirt adds fullness without gathers! (Gathers are not my favorite.)
Thoughts on the fit:
  • A woven fabric garment does not generally fit without any alterations. However, everything was properly placed and true to the measurements. My body just doesn’t agree with “average” sizing!
  • It includes sizes 0-16 – quite a good range.
  • There are 3 length options – super helpful.
Things I changed from the original pattern:
  • There is supposed to be an exposed zipper on the back. Since I couldn’t find one, I opted for another super matchy invisible zipper. I installed it using my favorite invisible-zip instructions from the Oliver and S Fairy Tale Dress pattern.

Things I might change next time:

  • I might take a bit of the fullness of the skirt out of the pattern, since it requires a lot of yardage and if there is any kind of wind at all you are left grasping for many, many yards of fabric in order to stay modest!

Don’t miss out on the Bundle – it’s only here for a limited time! Check out the other stops on the blog tour for more real-life inspiration.

Disclosure: I have used my own fabric and supplies to make this dress. However, I was given the Violette Field Threads, Ginger pattern for free as part of the Bundle Up blog tour. My opinions are always my own. Thanks for reading!

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14 Responses leave one →
  1. May 4, 2015

    Wow, you look great in this dress and this dress looks great on you ;) I realy love the dress it self as well as the fabric you used. I like the bright colors. You did a great job matching the print of the fabric on the back!

    • May 4, 2015

      Thanks so much Mirjam! I really need somewhere to go in it now. Things are just more fun in a bright floral dress! :)

  2. Seams Sew Laura permalink
    May 4, 2015

    OMG!! This turned out amazing! And yes, it looks great on you!! I love it! And the pictures are beautiful!

    • May 4, 2015

      Yay Laura! I know – you told me so! Thanks for the pep talk :) You were right of course – I LOVE it!

  3. May 4, 2015

    It look fabulous! Great job Sherri

    • May 4, 2015

      Thanks so much Dorienne! It was super fun to make something out of the ordinary!

  4. Janette permalink
    May 4, 2015

    You are so pretty!!!! Seriously, you should be a model. No jokes. Plus, the dress is gorgeous too. I love the fabric!

    • May 6, 2015

      Awwww… thanks Janette! You’re the best sister ever! :) (No jokes!) The fabric is Fabricland for $4/metre… you could sew something in it?!

  5. Nikki permalink
    May 4, 2015

    this is so beautiful!!
    Is the circle skirt a full or half?

    I bought the pattern but haven’t even checked yet if I will fit in it.
    I have bigger boobs and don’t ever wear halter straps but I saw someone had made cross over straps for it so if I fit in the sizes I will maybe do that

    • May 6, 2015

      Thanks so much Nikki! The skirt is a full circle. I think a cross over would be great in this. The straps are plenty long for it. I think it’s likely made for a B-Cup – but if you do a quick FBA you should be fine. There are lots of examples of other ladies doing that and it turns out super cute.

  6. May 5, 2015

    Gorgeous dress and great job on it! I think ice cream in Port Credit would be a suitable date too! But weren’t you cold?

    • May 6, 2015

      Oooh… Ice cream would be perfect! Good idea Lisa! :) Thankfully it was actually super warm that day, thank goodness… I’m not as brave as some of the amazing ladies that take outdoor photos in the winter. Brrrrrr….

  7. Ann ( no e) permalink
    May 6, 2015

    Oh mon Cheri, tres chic ;) Gorgeous outfit, pretty lady and fabulous fabric ;) I love the almost retro look to the dress which says to me springtime date night with hubby ;) Love your photo shoots, take care.

    • May 8, 2015

      Awww… Thanks Ann! I really have to plan something soon :) It’s not the type of dress you wear everyday!

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