Debbie's birthday dress...pattern progress

July 05, 2013

For those of you who have been following my blog over the past six weeks will know that I have been working on my first digital (for purchase) sewing pattern.  It is called Debbie's birthday dress - inspired by my favourite children's book - Debbie's birthday party.  You can read more about the dress here and here The hemline in the pic above has been lengthened in the revised pattern.
 
I am so excited about my pattern and have made about five "Debbie's" so far...part of drafting a pattern includes making and remaking to get it just right.  The photo above and my new banner (like?) shows Isabella and Juliette wearing both views.  I am hoping the pattern will be ready for purchase in about two weeks.  It has been such a thrill to see some sneak peaks from some of my lovely pattern testers.   I have also organised a "Debbie's birthday dress" blog tour which will be happening in a month's time and will include ten fabulous bloggers who will show you their lovely creations using my pattern.  
I began my hand drawing my pattern in seven sizes then after researching digital pattern drafting on the internet, I decided to purchase Melissa Mora's e-course which takes you step by step through how to draft digital patterns.  Fortunately I have the Illustrator program (which I got for free...but that's another story).  The process has not been as difficult as I anticipated, although it is time consuming.  I decided not to put any extra pressure on myself by setting a tight schedule to get it finished, so it has been a completely non-stressful venture so far. 
 
Fingers crossed, people like my pattern and it sells heaps of copies so I can buy more fabric and further fuel my sewing obsession!!!  But more than that, it will be so satisfying to see my design and hard work pay off and to see sewers from around the world in Debbie's birthday dress!
 
Exciting!!

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25 comments

  1. Lovely dress. Will keep an eye out for the pattern. My girl would look cute in one of these and I've just started making clothes, so a pattern would be perfect.

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    1. Great Cait! Sewing is addictive. There will be a discount for the first week of the pattern's release:)

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  2. I'm so excited for you! It's such a gorgeous dress. I'm sure it will be really popular x

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  3. Congratulations, Suz!
    I'm so excited about the upcoming Debbie dress.
    I can't even pick a favorite version - they are both so cute (love the retro styling).

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    1. Thankyou Ana Sofia! Can't wait to see your dress next month!

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  4. How exciting! If you need help in any way just let me know! I think this link is very useful if you draw in Illustrator, like I do: http://www.ralphpink.com/tutorials/tutorial-1
    If you have any questions about Illustrator or if you like the pattern to be tested: just let me know!
    Marte form Compagnie-m.com

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    1. Thankyou marte!! Will check out the site and keep you unkind for future pattern testing:)

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  5. Exciting indeed :) The dresses are super cute. I love the shape of those dresses. Looking forward to seeing more of them around :) I quickly checked out your blog at lunch time today while at work, and at first I thought my computer has gone mad hahaha Now I know my computer is actually fine (although it has issues... or it could be me??) the new look is great :)

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  6. This is fabulous! I especially love the little collar on the gray dress. Can't wait for this pattern!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful dresses! I have 2 girls who would love them! I look forward to the pattern release. :)

    Kelly

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  8. Looks like a very cute dress, I'll definately keep an extra eye on your blog the upcoming weeks! And very exciting it must be for you to do all this!

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  9. The dresses look lovely...such a classic silhouette!

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  10. Such a lovely pattern Suz! I love the fabrics you used to show off the different features of the dresses. Best of luck with releasing it.

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  11. Oh dear! I've missed a couple of posts - it's all way too busy here (waiting for the school holidays to come).....
    What a lot of pretty frocks there are over here at the moment!!! :-)
    Carly
    x

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