A Miss Matilda Dress {The Cottage Mama Blog Tour}

Today I’m thrilled to be helping my friend Linsday (The Cottage Mama) celebrate her new line of sewing patterns by kicking off her blog tour! If you are visiting from The Cottage Home, welcome! I hope you see some things you like and stay awhile. I’d love to become friends.

If you don’t know of her already, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Lindsay, an incredibly talented woman, a genuine person, and a good friend. She has served to encourage and inspire me a number of times over the past year as I’ve found my footing in the blogging world.

Last month she invited me to participate in testing one of her newest patterns. I sewed the Miss Matilda Dress for my daughter in a size 2T. (*For more details on the sizing, see my comments at the bottom of this post).

It was such a pleasure testing for Lindsay. Truly, the effort and attention she puts into her patterns is inspiring. During the testing phase she was precise about details like fit, ease, and making sure the instructions were clear. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her work. She doesn’t do anything half way, this lady!

As a result, her patterns are worth every penny. She sells them in both pdf and paper, and I recently say pictures of the newest paper patterns–they are beautiful. Take a look at these full-color instruction booklets!

I’ll just come right out and say what I know you’re all thinking–I don’t usually make dresses that are this involved. I don’t often sew ruffles, since they sometimes bother Abby.  But Lindsay’s style of ruffle is so tasteful–just enough, and not too much. I found that by using the main fabric for the ruffle rather than a contrasting fabric, the dress stayed within my preferred style of tasteful femininity and didn’t clash with my fabric choice.

Let’s talk about that fabric for a moment. ISN’T IT FREAKING GORGEOUS? I can’t believe how much love it! It’s a cotton lawn from the Lisette collection (Leisel Gibson’s line for Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts), and it’s our lucky day because it’s currently for sale on their website for only $2.99 a yard! I might have to snag some more and make a dress for myself out of this stuff. It was such a pleasure to sew with.

The blue buttons came from my local Jo-Ann’s and the sash is made from a print called Native Band in Apricot, from the Indian Summer line designed by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery fabrics. It’s another of my current favorites and the perfect compliment to the red with dots.

As I mentioned before, I sewed a size 2T for Abby. This doesn’t really make sense since she is now three and a half years old, but she measures so small that I developed a habit of only sewing 2Ts. For this dress, it was a mistake since it’s too tight when I pull it over her head and the skirt is a bit short. But we solved this problem by giving the dress away to a cousin who looks heavenly in it. I wish I had pictures to share with you of little Savvy in the dress, but those may have to come at another time.

I kind of had to give the dress away behind Abby’s back, but truth be told, she didn’t even notice because she has SO MANY OTHER DRESSES floating around the house. I mean, sooo many.

***Dimple alert:***

It’s time for me to go now, but I hope you head on over to Linday’s shop now and check out her new patterns. I’m also happy to share that her first book, ‘Sew Classic Clothes for Girls: 20 Dresses Outfits and Accessories from The Cottage Mama’, is scheduled for release on October 2 and will be available for preorder next month. Make sure to follow her blog for the announcement.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me today, friends! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I received this pattern free of charge in exchange for pattern testing and a review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. I don’t share patterns here that I don’t like!


  1. says

    Caila, you did such a great job on this dress! Love the fabric and those sweet blue buttons. Thanks so much for testing this pattern and being part of the tour!! Lindsay

  2. says

    That is a beautiful dress! I’m sorry that it didn’t fit your daughter….you’ll just have to make her a bigger one 🙂

  3. says

    Love your fabric choices!! This looks so cute on Abby, too bad it’s a bit too small – great you have a cousin that can use it, though!!