Willow and Co. Fawn Lily Dress

On safari we went, testing out Miss. A’s new Fawn Lily dress and it’s suitability for ‘glamping’.

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The Fawn Lily dress is part of Willow and Co‘s first pattern collection entitled Wanderlust: A Glamping Collection. This pattern was designed by Rebecca of Rock The Stitch and the unusual design of the crossover bodice and the wrap around sleeves really appealed to me.

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Searching for some more animals, and searching…

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No luck, so we headed to the jungle.

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more luck here. What about those Lemurs in the next photo – score!

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and what about A’s little friend. Do you recognise her? Yes! It’s Jenya’s daughter (While She Was Sleeping). Jenya and I have become great real life friends since meeting through our mutual love of sewing and blogging. Our daughters have hung out a couple of times now too, and they’re pretty fond of each other.

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About the Fawn Lily dress:

In my opinion, this is an intermediate pattern. The instructions are good, but some of the techniques are a little tricky and require sewing precision. The result is great though once you get through the sleeve construction. It’s kind of hard to envisage how the sleeves are going to turn out, but you just have to put your faith in Rebecca and follow those instructions.

I made a size 3 for my 2.5 year old. The fit is good when the dress is on, but it’s not easy to get on and off her because there are no closures (and because my crossing over bodice pieces may be slightly closer together than they should be). Miss A could really use the width of a size 4 in the bodice to allow some room when taking the dress on and off. Miss A. declared the dress to be ‘bootiful’ and that makes the pattern a winner in my book! Suitable for glamping? Yes, definitely!

In these photos, Jenya’s daughter is wearing a Debbie’s Birthday Dress that Jenya is blogging for Vintage May – be sure to head over to Jenya’s blog to hear about the vintage notions she has incorporated into this sweet dress.

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Our safari was shot on location at Melbourne Zoo. Thanks so much Jenya and Little Monkey for such a fantastic day πŸ™‚ If you caught my guest post on Why I Sew, you’ll appreciate how much I have loved the opportunity to meet, in person, another sewing blogging person. The first time we chatted sewing it was a little strange. I spend a lot of time reading blogs and discussing sewing online, but never in person. I can chat to Jenya about Caroline’s new pattern, pattern testing for CailaΒ and the great photography tutorials thatΒ Vanessa blogs – and she knows exactly who these people are!! What a revelation!! I love chatting sewing with you Jenya, I think our next adventure needs to involve a fabric store or two….

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14 comments

  1. Okay…so I’m a little bit jealous. Move me on over to Australia so I can hang out with you two! Pretty awesome…and so is your dress, but I’m more amazed at your budding friendship….pretty awesome!

  2. Teresa, you are always welcome to join us! Renee, you know I love A’s bootiful dress πŸ™‚ And it was great you see you ladies again. LM suggested this morning that A could come to play ‘at my house’ πŸ™‚ It was great to see the girls have so much fun together! We definitely need to go fabric shopping next time!

  3. First, how fun that you and Jenya are able to get together! I wish I could join you guys! And second, how adorable is this dress? I love it and it looks so cute on her!

  4. Lovely dress – ive been intrigued by this pattern too, but my sewing queue is a bit long at the moment.
    And am massively jealous! Would love to hang out at the zoo with you two and talk sewing and blogging and little girls!

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