Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tried and Tested: The Liesel Dress by Peek A Boo Pattern Shop

I'm so excited to share a new dress with you today!  I've sewed up a few of Peek A Boo Pattern Shop's adorable patterns (the Perfect Peasant Dress is used for this dress in my shop) and have found the patterns to be very straightforward and quick to sew.  Recently, I had the opportunity to test one of Amy's patterns for her new fall line and since I've had such good luck with her designs in the past, of course I said yes!

I tested the Liesel, a peasant-style dress or top with shirring at the waist (and sleeves, if you do the short sleeve version).  I know that shirring is sort of scary for a lot of people, but it's really not too hard, and Amy walks you through it step-by-step.

I made the short sleeved version of the dress in a size 8, which has a shirred waist and sleeves.

 The neckline has a cute tie made from bias tape, which is a fun touch if you make your own.  My daughter loved how comfy this dress was!

I think the fit was right on - it looks a little big on my daughter, who is pretty skinny.  But the length and sleeve length were perfect for her.

Here's a close up of the tie.  Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make your own bias tape - again, it seems tricky, but really, it's super simple!  I love the polka dots with this big floral print.

Here's a shot of the back, and you can see how the neckline gathers.  It's such a comfy little dress!  I can't wait to make a few more of these for back to school!  I think it would be adorable in corduroy and I also can't wait to make the top version!

Thanks, Amy for letting me test this adorable pattern!

The Facts:
Pattern: Liesel by Peek A Boo Patterns, dress with short sleeves
Size: 8
Fabric: the floral is an Alexander Henry print that I bought at Joann several years ago.  Sadly, I cut the selvage off so I don't have the name of it :(  The purple polka dot fabric is also from Joann - just their basic quilting cotton.
Thoughts: This was a super easy sew!  Only 4 pattern pieces, so it comes together super quick.  If you've never shirred before, this is a great project to get you feeling comfortable.  I chose to make my own bias tape, but using store bought would be just fine and even faster.


  1. Great job! I love your fabric choices, the pattern mixing is really cute!

  2. I really like the fabric and the bow on this dress! nice work!

  3. She does look cute & comfy! I came over from Diana Rambles party. I usually try to visit the sewing links:) I did the Hattie top a while back and loved it so much I bought a few more patterns.

  4. Such a cute dress! I think you're right about it being adorable in corduroy!!! That would be a perfect school dress :)
    Heidi @

  5. So adorable and I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  6. Very cute! Love the fabric!! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!