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Girls Magnolia Blossom Dress – Reviewed by Jeanine

I cannot wait to tell you all about this dress – it is perfect for a wide size range and the gorgeous hemline finishing makes it so fun to play with contrast fabrics. Speaking of finishing, Oh my goodness, I ADORE a pattern with clean finishing details and the Magnolia delivers! And most importantly my tween daughter loves this dress and is excited to wear it out and about!  

Easy to follow along

Let’s set the scene: Spring break week, kids home and running wild in the house and I am trying to keep them entertained and fed while sewing up the Magnolia Blossom dress pattern! I don’t know why my kids seem to think they need food every 5minutes when I’m working on something… but it means a lot of mental breaks in my sewing time. Thankfully, this pattern was great to sew! Even with the constant interruption I did not lose my place, get confused with the steps, or have to break out the seam ripper!

I am super excited for the Magnolia Blossom Dress; for a few reasons! Not only is this the perfect Easter gathering dress, but it is also so lovely for spring in general as it pairs well with a cardi and tights if we need some extra warmth and will transition great into summer weather! I am guessing she will pick this as her last day of school ceremonies dress as well.

I can see myself making more of these without the flounce for school wear as it is a great tween pattern that fits well and comfortably and meets the dress code requirements.  The slight hi-lo hemline with the wide straps mean it is great for play with smaller kids and stylish for the tween crowd.

The dress also has optional pockets – which is a big hit for my kiddo!

Attention to details

One of my truly favourite things about the Magnolia Blossom Dress is the finishing! This is the first time I’ve sewn a Jennuine Design pattern, and I am very impressed with the attention to detail and the thought she put into having a cleanly finished dress. The hemline facing has to be one of my favourites as I got to use an exciting pop of colour there!

I love the installation for the invisible zipper. Jennuine Design did such a great job explaining the installation in the Magnolia Blossom dress pattern – it gives such a tidy finish and installs so smoothly. You should not fear the zipper install with this pattern!

I made the dress in Jennifer Paganelli cotton woven fabric with a soft lace for the flounce. For the flounce the pattern gives several suggestions. I thought about using a contrasting cotton woven (cut on the bias for a better drape) but I settles on the lace for a little bit of a dressier look, and I love how light it drapes over the dress and still shows off the main fabric.

My child is sensitive to the feel of things, so if yours is as well I’d recommend choosing the flounce fabric first according to what feels nice and then picking the main to match, this is how I picked my fabrics.

The Magnolia Blossom Dress is printable in layers – which I LOVE!  The size range is great as well as it goes from newborn to 12yrs, my daughter is almost nine and loves this style. The pattern also features a quick sewing guide – so once you’ve made one and don’t need the visual tutorial you can get straight to sewing with this handy printable.

You can get the pattern in the Spring ’19 Bundle.
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Jeanine

Is the imaginative mind and blogger for the Crafting Fiend. She’s been a part of the sewing community for years. You can follow along with her crafting and sewing adventures on Instagram, and her blog.

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(1) Comment

  1. autumn says:

    this is super fun, and i agree a pop of lace is nice! also! i love using contrast facings!

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