Home By Dawn First Day Dress & Top Pattern Review!

When my Aunt came across this dress pattern AND offered to make dresses for our girls with it, I was like: YES PLEASE!

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

Dana from MADE was kind enough to send us the pattern to try out. What is neat is that is actually a pdf that you print and assemble. But don’t let the 46 page count deter you, it was actually really simple and Dana includes GREAT step by step directions.

The Pattern:

My aunt, who is just getting back into sewing, said that it was very easy to follow and loved that she also has pics and gives tips, too :)

A few more details about the pattern:

The pattern is a 46-page PDF document, with detailed information and pattern pieces for sewing a First Day Dress or Top.
Instructions are easy to follow, with beautiful photos and illustrations, and a conversational tone that helps you feel like I’m right there next to you, joining in the sewing fun!

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

SKILL LEVEL
Advanced Beginner +
Of course I encourage anyone to push themselves and take on a challenge.   So if you’re a true beginner, don’t be scared off.  You can always give it a shot!  Or grab a sewing friend to coach you along the way.  Sewing is always an adventure!

STYLES 
The First Day Dress comes in 5 styles.  Each can be made with or without sleeves:
• A-Line Dress
• A-Line Top
• Swing Dress
• Swing Top
• Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket

SIZING
• The pattern ranges from 2 to 10 years old.
• Sizes are labeled according to age and based on the average size of a child, similar to what you would find in retail stores.

My aunt, who is just getting back into sewing, said that it was very easy to follow and loved that she also has pics and gives tips, too :)

The Material

I actually found this material at Walmart. I was looking for something that would work for Easter, but that wasn’t too “girly” so I could coordinate the boys’ outfits to match as well. So here it is!

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

 

The girls LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their new dresses! The sizing turned out to be right on with what they normally wear. Here is our 3-year old Maggie:

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

 

My Aunt’s favorite part is that there is an option to line all of the tops and dresses that you make with this pattern (I love that, too!):

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!


And how cute is the back with the button secured by elastic chord:

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

Needless to say our 5-year old Adeline enjoyed her chance to model as well:

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

The dresses are PERFECT for twirling and the girls have worn them every day since they received them to practice their dance routines in ;)

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

 

Usually we put on ballet music…but once and awhile we mix in “Shake it Off”… ;)

First Day Dress & Top Pattern by MADE | Just download, print & sew!

 

Dana has TONS of fun projects, be sure to stop by MADE and check them out!

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Dawn
A graphic designer & marketer by trade, I left the traditional working world in 2012 to stay home with my four kids. I love being home, but am glad to still have opportunity to design professionally and for fun and to share my ideas here from time to time. A country girl at heart, I live with my husband and four kids (5, 3, 2 and infant) just outside of the Twin Cities and only a few miles from my parent’s farm.
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