I was so excited when Jill of JillyAtlanta asked if I would like to test her new Mae dress. She didn’t have to ask me twice! I love her designs. Some of you may remember the Belted Shorts I made my daughter last year, and I fell in love with Jill’s style of instruction. She is detailed with a fun tone throughout. It’s like she’s right there with you. And the Mae is no different.
This has to be one of the sweetest summer dresses I’ve ever made. I love when a pattern has an element that is like a blank canvas for me to make my own and the chest piece on the Mae is perfect. You can add trim, an accent fabric, embroidery, or just leave it simple. My brain gets turning with so many ideas and I must make them all!
Oh, and the back! Another of my favorites are ties, such a simple way to add detail to a dress. These spaghetti straps were a pain in the bum to turn, but that was my fault as I cut them on the fold and made them twice the length they were supposed to be. I ended up cutting them down to the correct size though. Note to self: read pattern piece instructions better.
And there is also the option of a ruffle hem or a regular hem. Of course I chose the ruffle hem. Love me some ruffles! And I’m going to apologize now for the photo overload that is to follow, but I had so much fun taking photos of my girl in this dress. I couldn’t stop…and then to choose which ones to use…such dilemmas.
I added piping around the chest piece and I used a Michael Miller border fabric from Punkin Head Threads. I used the bottom of the border for the chest piece and the top for the dress and ruffle. And I also used the bottom of the border for the free diaper pattern. Oh, yes, free pattern!
Isn’t that bow super cute? Even though Brynn isn’t in diapers, this is perfect as a cover up for her since most of the day she is running, climbing, playing superman in her swing. This is a cuter alternative to her Princess Sofia undies. You can get the free diaper cover pattern by joining the JillyAtlanta Facebook group.
Some closing details for you: this dress comes in sizes 3-6 months to 10 years, it’s a layered pattern, and is for the confident beginner. You can pick it up here. I can’t wait to make more of these. I’m going to take some length off and make a shirt with it too. It would make a cute little top. I’ll leave you with a few more photos.