Pattern Review: The Debut Dress


Vintage charm, sweet details, and wonderful instructions. The Debut Dress by Sew Honey Designs has all of these and more. 

I was so fortunate to be chosen to test the pattern for this lovely dress. The keyhole detail along the collar and the belt inset give this classic silhouette some modern charm. The fit on Maggie is perfect (shown here in size 3.) The sleeve options (flutter, square, and sleeveless) as well as an optional hem band mean that you can make several different dresses out of the same pattern.

The best part of this pattern has to be the construction. I won’t give them away but I learned several new techniques using this pattern that I have since used on other dresses for cleaner finishes. The inside is completely finished with no exposed seams in the bodice which is always a plus.

This pattern is for woven fabrics and the pattern pieces are in layers so you can print only the size you need. The seam allowance is a generous 3/8″. This pattern can be sewn by beginners who can sew a buttonhole.

I will definitely be making more dresses from the adorable pattern in the near future!

Dollars and Cents: peanut-shell-clipart-1peanut-shell-clipart-1

This pattern is conservative in its fabric usage. I used a different fabric for the lining and used a little over a yard and 1/4 for the whole pattern. The pattern itself is also on sale until 8/13/16 for only $5.95. With a size range from 2T – 12 you can make this pattern year after year.

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Something about that keyhole feature and the flutter sleeve gives this dress a quaint princess feel. It’s like something Kate Middleton would put on her daughter.


Find the pattern on Etsy here and on Craftsy here.




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