Twig and Tale Barefoot Dress

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I recently helped the amazingly talented Twig + Tale team to test the new Barefoot Dress. I couldn’t describe it better than Twig + Tale does here:

This dress dances through the seasons—simple or ruffled, short or long, light and airy or cosy and warm – the new Barefoot Dress pattern has you covered. Offering an impressive selection of options, you could sew a wardrobe of dresses and never get the same look twice. It works well with a wide variety of fabrics too, resulting in cute and versatile playwear for all seasons.

The dress is absolutely loaded with options — straps, pockets, lengths, etc. For this dress, I selected the gathered front with waist tie and spaghetti straps with anchor and bow. I love the outcome.

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The pattern itself sews up like a dream and contains trademark Twig + Tale touches like gorgeous french seams, impeccable directions, and lovely videos to follow along. If you haven’t seen Lisa’s infamous wooden toy iron on a video, it is a must!

And, like all other Twig + Tale garments, they are beautiful but can be worn in real life. The Barefoot Dress works fine for tree climbing. Miss 3 was so proud of herself.

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All these things make Twig + Tale some of my absolute favorite patterns to sew up for my kids. And, they just work. I’m planning an upcoming blog post about my experience sewing up the lovely Breeze shirt for my son to wear in our recent family photos. I’ve also made the lovely petal dress (FREE for Twig + Tale Chat group members). That pattern actually has recently been extended in sizes through a paid add-on version so big girls can enjoy the versatile dress too!

If you’re looking for something similar for in a romper, check out the Barefoot Romper. The Barefoot Romper is for fellas and girls and also on sale right now. All the cool new options in the dress are compatible with the romper too.

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This is a lovely piece of mystery woven fabric, I believe a rayon. It came from Boho Fabrics as a lovely gift for winning a giveaway. We are calling it Elsa’s summer dress. (My daughter is currently obsessed with the Disney movie Frozen in which one of the main characters wears a lovely blue gown). The drape is beautiful for the gathers and I had just enough to make sure the stripes matched up. Join the Boho Fabrics Group on Facebook group so you can stalk all the pretties too!

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We are lucky to live near St. Louis, Missouri’s Faust Park, home of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. We took these pictures at Thornhill Estate, its a portion of the park containing the home that was built for Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates, who “played a pivotal role in bringing the Louisiana Territory under the control of the United States government“. We took pictures at his blacksmith shop and orchard. Here’s the other twin who explored the grounds with us.

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I was part of the pattern testing team and received the pattern in exchange for my work sewing, proofing, photographing, and making general suggestions.
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