Simply Elegant

Dress, Kids Clothes

Today I am part of the Bebelambs Mummy and Me Blog Tour, showcasing the Berkley dress and Labri Maxi Dress patterns.

I am a blessed mumma

These patterns are suitable for beginners, and I wanted show how simple can be stunning, and created an elegant outfit for a special occasion.

love my girl

The Berkley dress is for women of all shapes and sizes, and has loads of options. I made a few simple alterations to make it my own.

To make this style of halter neck I simply added about an inch to the top of the bodice and eliminated the top dart. The skirt has some additional width as I was sewing with slippery rayon and wanted to avoid cutting so just used the width of the fabric. I opted for the shirred back, but in hindsight perhaps should have gone with the elastic method, as the weight of the skirt pulled the back down. I also added a very slight high-lo hem.

awkward poses

this is me ;)

For Piper’s dress I lowered the height of the bodice a little and made the straps narrower than the pattern suggested and gathered them in as I still found them to be a little wide for my liking.

princess piper

princess for a day

getting more and more beautiful everyday

I absolutely love the back of this dress, that bow, those shoulders, divine!

simply gorgeous

The beautiful floral crown and flowers are from oh fleur, but unfortunately due to bad weather by the time I got to taking the photos they had lost a bit of their lustre.

thanks for the flowers oh fleur

love her smile

thanks for stopping by

You can win a copy of these patterns through this Rafflecopter giveaway (Sorry couldn’t work out how to get the picture to come up, but just click the link)

Or you can by your own copy here and enter the code mommyandme for a 20% discount, yay!

Make sure to check out the rest of the tour

July 20 Grammies Dolls – July 21 BabyFish Designs – July 22 Sew Like That – July 23 Hello Sunshine – July 24 Dribbles and Dots – July 25 How I Make Stuff – July 26 Milileke


Pattern Testing the Catherine Shirred Top by Bebelambs

Kids Clothes, Pattern Testing

I recently tested the Catherine pattern for Bebelambs.

It was a simple sew with a great result and can be made as a top, tunic or dress.

Here is Ruby looking super adorable in hers

love his girl

so sweet

i think she likes it


yep, she's a cutie

crazy kid

You can grab the pattern here

Thanks for stopping by. I will be participating in the Bebelambs Mummy and Me tour on July 23rd, so be sure to come back and have a look.