Spring Dress Tour: Poinsettia Party Dress sewing pattern review

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Is it possible to have too many dresses for Spring? My daughter certainly doesn't think so, and she's ecstatic that I signed up for another Spring Dress blog tour, this time presented by GYCT Designs.

GYCT Designs have a few dress sewing patterns perfect for Spring, but the dress that caught my eye was the Poinsettia Party Dress:

Poinsettia Party Dress sewing pattern review

The double layer on the skirt front and the bow turn a fairly simple dress into something so much more fancy. 

Poinsettia Party Dress sewing pattern by GYCT would make a lovely flower girl dress

The fabric for the bodice is Wedding Rosette in satin pink, with silky satin charmeuse in solid blush for the skirt and lining. the wedding rosette fabric was an impulse buy and has been sitting in my stash for a while, waiting for the perfect project. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It would be perfect for a flower girl dress. Is anyone I know getting married?

Poinsettia Party Dress has a good twirl factor!

The bow is a fun detail and is easy to make. I didn't have the right interfacing, so my bow is a little droopier than it could be, but I added a few tacking stitches to the top of the bow and it still looks great!

The bow and overskirt add a lovely detail to the easy-to-sew Poinsettia Party Dress

The pattern is an easy and fairly quick sew and is suitable for a confident beginner. I sewed it from fabric cutting to finishing off in an afternoon. It is a combination of printed pattern pieces and a cutting chart for the skirt pieces, with instructions for how to cute the overlay piece. I was expecting this piece to be a printed pattern, but the instructions were easy enough to follow.

The Poinsettia Party Dress has a V-back with button or snap closure

The sizing was perfect - my daughter is a size 10 and it looks great now, but she still has room to grow into it for a while yet. And it passed the twirl test:

Look how the Poinsettia Party Dress twirls (sewing pattern by GYCT Designs)

And my secret confession: I used Velcro for the closure at the back (instead of buttons or snaps recommended by the pattern). The rosette fabric is so busy, you can only see the stitching for the Velcro if you look carefully. After having to sew 7 dresses for the school play and a costume for World Book Day, I couldn't face sewing a buttonhole and was worried I'd make a mess of it.

Wedding Rosette fabric hides the stitches for the Velcro closure

Now, my daughter has decided she's a model, so here are her best collection of "model" poses!

Little girl wearing the Poinsettia Party Dress by GYCT Designs  Little girl wearing the Poinsettia Party Dress by GYCT Designs

Little girl wearing the Poinsettia Party Dress by GYCT Designs

I have no clue where she gets these ideas from, but it makes me laugh!

Littlle girl blue steel

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