First Day Dress + Pattern Review

Last week I had the pleasure of pattern testing Dana’s (of MADE) newest pattern, First Day Dress.


I’ve been watching her sneaks and hints and teases on Instagram over the past months so I was thrilled when she contacted me.
I instantly knew I wanted to sew a dress for my soon-to-be three great-niece {I mean it kinda screamed party dress with all that twirl action}.

As I looked through all the styles … yes, there are LOTS of styles:

• A-Line Dress
• A-Line Top
• Swing Dress
• Swing Top
• Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket

{Each can be made with or without sleeves.}

I settled on the swing dress and decided to do a color blocked version.


Thank you to my WONDERFUL contact, Robert Kaufman, for sending me the Kona Cotton for this dress (Coral, Leprechaun & Nightfall).
It is a really perfect weight that gives the dress structure, but still allows for a nice drape in the skirt.

As I mentioned, my great-niece is almost 3 so I went ahead and made a size 3 which fit perfectly … toddler couture.
The pattern comes in sizes 2 – 10.


There were 4 simple pattern pieces to cut and the dress went to together quickly.
The placket and sleeves took the longest as they require a little bit more fussy attention to detail.


I think this would be a perfect project to challenge (but not frustrate) an advanced beginner and a fun & quick project for a more advanced sewer.

My three modifications to the Swing Dress with Front Placket (Free Flow Hem):
1. In lieu of the piping on the placket, I added a gathered ruffle
2. I cut the neck hole 1/2 larger all the way around
3. I shortened the hem by 1/2″


Seriously, this is a great pattern (and I wasn’t paid to say that!). You are getting serious bang for your buck with all the style/size options AND a very detailed pattern with lots of great photos to guide you through the process.


SO … want to make your own First Day Dress?!?
Want to win a free pattern AND fabric to make it?


Well then, I guess you better stop by tomorrow Silly!
{Or if you really can’t wait … go here to purchase the First Day Dress pattern.}


  1. Julie T says:

    That dress is so cute, wonderful color choices. I must admit I’m a little distracted by the adorable model!

  2. That little ruffle detail is great


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