November 11, 2019

Today I am very excited to introduce you to my latest sewing pattern for girls - Zara!! For the past month I have been drafting, sewing, drawing, writing and with my team of testers, the pattern is now ready to sew! Let me tell you a bit about Zara...The Zara dress is an easy wearing and feminine silhoutte that suits light weight woven or knit fabrics (YAY!). The Zara pattern offers a scooped front waistline to create a high-low hem, or a regular drop waist hem.  Ruffles can be added to the front bodice.  The skirt is gathered and falls nicely from the relaxed fitting bodice. Gathered short or long sleeves are possible both finished with an elastic hem, or the dress can be made sleeveless­.  The back closes with a button and loop and the neckline is finished with a bias hem.  Perfect for any age and season.  Zara is also the perfect pattern for beginner sewists!

You can buy the Zara pattern in English and Dutch from the sewpony shop.  Use the code ZARAENGLISH or ZARADUTCH to receive 20% off until this Friday 15th November (11.59pm Melbourne time). Don't forget to check out the hashtag #zaradresspattern to see some inspiring makes this week made by my testers and some sewing friends!! Over on my Instagram release post you can comment for a chance to win a copy of the Zara pattern and £50 voucher from Minerva!! They stock an amazing range of fabrics perfect to make a Zara dress or two!!

These two Zara dresses are made from rayon.  The drape of rayon make it the perfect substrate for this design.  Flowy and pretty! Both fabrics are animal prints from Spotlight.

Both of these dresses feature the high low hem.  Isabella's features the long sleeved gathered sleeves, while Juliette's features the short gathered sleeves with bodice ruffles. 

The Zara pattern comes with a little template to create your own hair ties to match from your offcuts! My girls love theirs.

 If you are like me, you like to see a few different options on different models of a design before adding it to your here are some beautiful samples from my testers...

Kristie is a fellow Aussie sewist and sews for herself and her three adorable kids.  Harriet makes everything look amazing, as does Kristie's sewing!! This colourful Zara dress is perfect for our Australian summer! See more of this dress and more over at Kristie's IG account: @thesewcraftybaker.

Sarah has tested for me a few times now and the clothes she makes for her gorgeous daughter are so sweet!! I love this green patterned Zara dress!  It features the long sleeves, regular drop waist and ruffles. So pretty! Follow Sarah on IG here: @bundlandbird.

Mirari has been on board with me for the past few pattern tests and always makes beautiful clothes for her gorgeous daughter!! I love this dress with the green knee high socks! This dress features the high low hemline and short sleeves. Mirari doesn't have an IG account...but I think she should!! 

Tine's beautiful See you at six Zara dress features the regular drop waist with ruffles.  Love it styled with the tights and sweet boots! Find Tine on Instagram here: @10e89


Wanessa made a pretty cream Zara dress with long sleeves, ruffles and regular long sleeves for her sweet daughter.  A perfect Christmas dress I think? You can follow Wanessa on IG here: @pimpyourpattern.

Celine is another great tester of mine who sews for herself and her sweet daughters.  Her daughter is so pretty in this coral pink Zara dress! This is the sleeveless view with high low hemline.  Follow Celine on Instagram here: @cookiekhoo

Deborah has been a faithful tester of mine over the past couple of years and always makes gorgeous creations for her daughter Nina.  She sewed the long sleeved Zara dress with high low hem and ruffles.  Find Deborah on Instagram here: @casennina

Elvira sewed a gorgeous Zara dress for her little one from pretty rayon.  This dress features the long sleeves, high low hem and ruffles.  Find more of Elvira's lovely sewing on Instagram here: @elvira.kirsten.

Audrey sewed a dress for her sweet daughter Castille that I want for myself!! Made from crinkly double gauze this dress is stunning in it's simplicity! Sleeveless with high low hem.  Follow Audrey here: @audreychiara

Barbara has been a great tester over the past two years and always makes gorgeous things!! Here her sweet daughter wears a winter Zara featuring long sleeves and the high low hem.  Love it with tights!! Follow Barbara on IG here: @made_for_inka

Josefine is a fabulous sewer and her IG account is full of colourful makes! This dress is made in jersey and is perfect for colder weather with long sleeves.  It features the high low hem and also looks fab with tights.  Find Josefine here: @elvillebarnklader.


Evelien has also tested for me several times now and I love what she makes! Here is a knit Zara dress in a solid rust red.  While the sizing is one size too short, the dress still looks fabulous and can also be worn with leggings in colder weather.  You can find Evelien on IG here: @evelienanne

Thank you also to Nele who also sewed up a gorgeous Zara!  And a big thank you to Nathalie @seams_normal for her work on the Dutch translation!

I hope you're inspired to sew some Zara dresses for the Christmas season!! Summer or winter, Zara has you covered! Make sure to follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing many more Zara dresses this week!! Follow @sewpony and #zaradresspattern for inspiration!



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