Maybe Matilda: Violette Field Threads :: A pattern review, two cute girls in two cute dresses, and a giveaway!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Violette Field Threads :: A pattern review, two cute girls in two cute dresses, and a giveaway!

*Giveaway closed! Thanks to all who entered, and congrats to Marcy, the lucky winner!*

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Ericka and Jessica, the masterminds behind Violette Field Threads on etsy, to do a pattern review and a giveaway. 

And after taking a peek at the beautiful patterns in their shop, I couldn't type "YES!" back fast enough! Their shop is filled with absolutely beautiful sewing patterns for your little princess . . . from boutique-style dresses like the Stella One-Shoulder Dress:
. . . to fun and quirky tops like the Olive Bustle Shirt:
. . . to delicious accessories, like the Delilah Statement Necklace:
After drooling over all the lovely patterns in their shop, I decided that my two sweet nieces shouldn't go another day without wearing the darling Viola Sweetheart Dress . . . 
How cute is that? I just love the ladylike scalloped overskirt, and the sweetheart neckline is so fun. I'll admit--I was a little nervous to get started on it . . . if you've been around this ol' bloggy for a bit, you know that while I love to sew, making clothing from scratch is not my forte. But for a pattern that adorable, I was more than willing to give it a shot.
Success! Look how dang freaking cute my little nieces are in their Viola dresses! (By the way, little M on the right has a bright future in cosmetology--she gave herself and her sister haircuts the night before their family pictures were taken a week ago. The timing couldn't be more perfect, right?) 

I bought the fabric for the dresses before I had even received the pattern from Ericka and Jessica (I was that excited to get started)--it was one of the 50% off the red tag clearance fabric sales at Joann's, and you know I can't resist a deal like that, so I grabbed a couple yards and, if I had to guess, probably spent about $5 on fabric between the two dresses. 

(Fun fact: they were both still smiling while they modeled the backs of their dresses for me. Talk about cooperation!)

My main goal in sewing these dresses was to not sew any pieces on wrong--I have a real knack for sewing pieces on backwards, or with the wrong side out--and you're never going to believe it, but I (yes, I, Little Miss Seam Ripper) actually made it through two dresses without once having to tear anything apart and do it over. I'm giving all the credit to the excellent pattern . . . it was so incredibly thorough, with pictures every step of the way and detailed instructions that left me no room to sew bodices inside out or attach skirts upside down.
(Look at big A on the left! Do you want to give her kisses or what?! I totally do.)

These dresses honestly might be the most well-made things I've ever sewn, with every raw edge finished, top stitching galore, and nice straight seams. I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but . . . toot toot. These dresses rock, almost entirely because of a really, really great pattern that was smarter than I am and didn't let me make any stupid mistakes. And for how advanced the dresses came out looking, they really were not difficult to sew . . . at all.

So here's the fun part . . . do you have darling nieces or daughters or neighbors or friends or little-strangers-on-the-street that you want to prettify with the help of Violette Field Threads? Because one of you lucky ducks is going to win 3 patterns of your choice from their shop!

Here's how you can win:
(leave a separate comment for each entry, and make sure I have a way to contact you!)
1) Head over to Violette Field Threads on etsy and tell me which pattern you can't wait to get your paws on! 
2) Become a fan of Violette Field Threads on facebook! (leave a comment saying so)
3) Become (or already be) a follower of Maybe Matilda! (leave a comment saying so)

***EDITED! If you just can't wait to see if you're the winner, you can save 15% on your purchase from Violette Field Threads by entering coupon code MATILDA at checkout!

This giveaway will close a week from today--Monday, July 18th--so get cracking!

79 comments :

  1. I'm a fan of yours already and i love your posts!

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  2. I would love to have the Viola Sweetheart dress pattern. My daughter would look so adorable in it!

    ktbabygurl502 {at} aol {d0t} com

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  3. I just "liked" Violet Fields thread on Facebook as well!

    ktbabygurl502 {at} aol {d0t} com

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  4. What a sweet aunt you are! They look absolutely adorable!!
    Thanks for your sweet comments about my lemonade stand, and stopping by our little ol' blog last week!! Looks like you guys are having a fun summer!

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  5. i love the stella one shoulder dress:)

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  6. your nieces are adorable! and those dresses look so cute on them! :)
    I really need a sewing machine, my old one broke :/

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  7. I would love the pattern for the Olive Bustle Shirt (I better have a girl someday!)

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  8. I'm also a follower already ;-)

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  9. Beautiful dresses. You are so talented! I love those patterns, but sadly, I don't sew. Wah!

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  10. I would love to try the Viola pattern!

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  11. I am following your blog already and a friend on FB. nishibert@msn.com

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  12. I love all the patterns! They would be perfect for the Bungalow Boutique. My favorite is the Viola Sweetheart Dress.

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  13. I am a fan on Violette Field Threads on FB. nishibert@msn.com

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  14. The top three would be the Delilah statement necklace,
    Olive bustle shirt, and the Viola sweetheart dress. Thanks for a chance to win!
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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  15. I already follow your blog thru Google Reader. Thanks for a chance to win!
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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  16. I just have to have a copy of the Viola Sweetheart Dress! Everything they have is ADORABLE, but since I have to limit myself to just one choice, my favorite would be that sweetheart dress, it's just too cute!

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  17. I've had your blog bookmarked for a while and I totally spaced becoming a follower! I totally am now and I LOVE your creativity, so inspiring!

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  18. I am now a facebook fan of Violette Field Threads as well!

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  19. I, too, am prone to sewing things on backwards... My seam ripper has had a lot of use :) I was proud of myself for only sewing ONE piece on backwards last night! lol. The dresses turned out really cute. Congrats!

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  20. If I were ever able to sew something without having to rip it apart and redo 75 times it would be a miracle...

    The dresses are super cute---I love pretty much anything with scalloped edges and your nieces are ADORABLE (I love the short hair cuts). I hope that these are a pair that you live closer to after the move.
    liZ
    (ps---you know I'm still a follower)

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  21. I love the stella one shoulder dress pattern she has in her etsy!

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  22. i really liked the Olive Bustle Shirt, the viola sweetheart dress, stella one shoulder dress, actually all of the patterns are super!

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  23. I Looove the Viola Sweetheart dress and the Olive Bustle shirt!!

    nataliejbean at gmail

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  24. and I follow your blog!

    nataliejbean at gmail :)

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  25. i like the lucy ruffle and the olive bustle - but i couldn't say that 5 times fast

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  26. OH boy clothes are not my thing but if you say it is easy then I am inclined to believe you. So I would like to try the Stella OneShoulder, the Viola Sweetheart, and the Corienne flower to accessorize the dresses.

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  27. I already follow your blog. :)
    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com
    Lisa

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  28. I'm in LOVE with the Stella one shoulder dress
    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com
    Lisa

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  29. I "liked" Violette Field on facebook
    llynnwalker1980@hotmail.com
    Lisa

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  30. Love the Viola Sweetheart dress also. Thanks for the chance to win these patterns!

    kasmith_02(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  31. Already a fan of VFT!

    kasmith_02(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  32. I follow you too!

    kasmith_02(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  33. Hi! I love the Stella One Shoulder dress pattern! :)

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  34. I am a fan of Violette Field Threads on Facebook!

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  35. I am a new follower of your blog, just found you today and how lucky am I! :)

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  36. LOVE the one shoulder pattern. My five year old princess would adore it!

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  37. Fan on facebook!

    bgoode29@gmail.com

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  38. I love the Stilla one shoulder dress pattern! So cute!

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  39. I love the Nadine and Ava flower patterns! thanks!
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  40. I am a new follower!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  41. I'd love to get the AVa Flower and the Viola sweetheart dress patterns.
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  42. I'm a follower
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  43. How to choose? The Violette Field Threads- MASTER COLLECTION with all 11 patterns would of course be perfect- lots of loveliness in one. My favourite, that I would try first, is the stripy Olive Bustle Shirt.

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  44. I like Violette Field Threads on facebook

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  45. I love the Viola Sweetheart dress pattern! Adorable!

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  46. I am a fan of Violette Field Threads on facebook!

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  47. I would love to get the Penelope, Double Ruffle Skirt, PDF Pattern Tutorial.
    aprile.mazey(at)gmail.com

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  48. Following you via GFC.
    aprile.mazey(at)gmail.com

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  49. Liked Violette Field Threads on Facebook.
    aprile.mazey(at)gmail.com

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  50. I love the Olive Bustle Shirt!


    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  51. Oh, they're all so cute! I'd like to make the Stella One Shoulder dress for my neice. I also like the Penelope dress!!

    LivingMyDreamTD at yahol dot com

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  52. I really love that Hazel Reversible Apron Skirt - gorgeous! I want the flower patterns, too. :) Thank you and the sponsor for the awesome giveaway! Definitely adding her to my Etsy faves. :)

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  53. Facebook fan!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  54. Follower of your blog!

    ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

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  55. I would love to have the Stella One-Shoulder Dress PDF Pattern Tutorial
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  56. I am a fan of Violette Field Threads on facebook- Michelle Frame
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  57. GFC blog follower- mframe00
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  58. I loooove the Nadine flower pattern! Thanks for the coupon code!

    I found my way here from Michelle @ Decor & the Dog. She told me to check out your Etsy shop when I started my own (on Tuesday!). I think you are so talented -I favorited your shop.

    Keep up the great work!!
    xo
    Mindy

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  59. I liked Violet Threads on FB.Already a follower of Maybe Matilda. Would love, love, love to win!
    princess.poppet@yahoo.com

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  60. Capri pants. Or the sweetheart dress. Cute stuff! :)

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  61. And I already follow you. And I'm a fan. Obviously. ;)

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  62. Oh I would have to choose the Olive Bustle Shirt- it would look great on my little one :)
    itchinstitchin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Olive Bustle Shirt PDF Pattern :)
    soso4cool att hotmail.com

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  64. I think I'm going to do the same one that you did, the Viola Sweetheart Dress PDF Pattern Tutorial. There are all kinds of color choices that would be cute together. amberose at(aol) dot(com)

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  65. Hi! New follower and new fan of Violette Field Threads. I love the Viola dress pattern! :)

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  66. Love the penelope double ruffle skirt!

    edendaphne AT gmail DOT com

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