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24 February 2011

All About the Village Frock (and a Frock to Share - Giveaway Closed)


Image: Sugar City Journal
This is another dress pattern that I get asked about frequently.  If you check out the Sugar City Dresses Flickr page, it's got a cult following like no other dress. 

It's such a classy and unique design, don't you think?
I contacted the creator, Melissa, from Sugar City Journal and she told me this about the pattern:  She created the dress itself in a three-hour stint, but creating the saleable pattern and sizing took hundreds of hours.  The pattern is out of print and Sugar City has relocated to another continent which would make shipping it difficult, so she has no plans to re-release it.  There are comments on the Flickr page where people can try to borrow other people's copies if you want to try to obtain a copy that way.  My own copy of the pattern has been all the way to Australia and back.

The pattern comes in sizes 2 to 6 in paper format only.  All the bindings are handmade and can be machine stitched, but I find it them easier to do by hand which means this dress takes some time to make.  Call it an artform.  Or a labour of love.

I have made a Village Frock to give away.  This is a size 3T in two-tone linen with wooden buttons.  It is a short dress by design.  I have handstitched the neck and sleeve bindings, so it has more of a handmade look than some of my other garments.  I also did an oops - I have the buttons running down the left side of the dress rather than the right which means my gathered neck (the darker purple) is a little less than perfectly centred.  Crap, here I was trying to make it *perfect* for this giveaway. 



To be entered in the giveaway for this slightly wonky but still loveable frock, simply leave a comment below.  Followers may enter twice; just leave a second comment saying you are a follower.

Giveaway open to anyone in North America.  (I'd like to say anywhere in the world, but I always have this fear that I'll get to the post office and the clerk will tell me "That will be $103 to ship to Timbuktu".  If you live outside of North America and would really like to enter the giveaway, please do so.  I'm sure we can work out some reasonable way to ship it.)
I will choose a winner on February 28th, 2011.

My pattern review co-conspirator, Brown Paper Packages is reviewing a new Heidi & Finn jersey dress pattern today:

103 comments:

Jessica said...

Homemade - made with love - I'll take it! I love putting my daughter in purple!!
Jess
jbeedelightful.blogspot.com
jessmusumarra(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jessica said...

I'm also a follower
Jess
jbeedelightful.blogspot.com
jessmusumarra(at)hotmail(dot)com

cookieandclaire said...

Love your posts and your "wonky" sewing!

Nancy's Couture said...

I love the colors of this dress! So pretty and spring-y!
nmbrumfield@yahoo.com

Sangeetha said...

Love it - the pattern is classy adn cute - how can that be?

missbossypants said...

I've always admired the Village Frocks you have made. I'd love to win this one for my niece!
Thanks for the chance!

Mel said...

My almost-three-year-old loves purple! thanks for the chance!

missbossypants said...

And I'm a long time follower!

Mel said...

I'm a follower :)

Kristy said...

What a LOVELY dress and generous offer to share!
Thanks!

Kristy said...

I'm a follower too!

Riley said...

I need this dress for my daughter. She has just decided she will only wear dresses, specifically purple dresses. It's the perfect size for her too!

Riley said...

I am a follower :D

Ali said...

This pattern has been on my "gotta get my hands on this someday" list for awhile now. Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous dress.

Alexa said...

That is such a pretty dress. It would fit my girl perfectly this summer.

Cathy said...

From seeing your village frocks and a few others, I tried to get my hands on this pattern a few months ago too. I'd love to win it since I can't make it myself :)

MyNorth said...

Really enjoy your blog. I am totally in love with the Village Frock and have been trying to draft a pattern but as yet, it isn't working out. But I sure love yours; the colour and the button placement!
Oh, and I live in North America.
debinmuskoka (at) yahoo (dot) com

MyNorth said...
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MyNorth said...

I am a follower too (made a spelling mistake so I had to edit!) LOL!

Jess said...

awesome frock! hope to win!

Jess said...

I am a follower too!

Jessica said...

So sweet! Thanks for the giveaway!

jessdepew at yahoo dot com

Jessica said...

I'm a follower :)

jessdepew at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

beautiful

bethany said...

So cute, I'd love to win.

ohbabyo said...

This is gorgeous! I'd love to win it for my neice!

Greg and Caroline said...

My daughter and I would love it!! It's beautiful.

carolinejaco@gmail.com

ohbabyo said...

I follow via Google Reader :)

Caren said...

It is adorable! I totally understand wonky - I think it's the hallmark of everything I've sewn so far! Delightful dress - my girl would look so super cute in it! Thanks :)

Caren said...

Oh, and I'm one of your blog-followers. Have a delightful day!

Mama Lusco said...

Love, love, love this pattern! I wish I could get my hands on one and have been pestering my fave e-pattern makers for a knock off :)

Brandi said...

I follow. :)

Myrnie said...

What a sweet dress! Thank you for the giveaway :) madebymyrnie(at)gmail(dot)com

Brandi said...

The post you did the other day with the piles of clothes you've made? Well, my eyeballs immediately zeroed in on the dress(es) you made with that pattern. Absolutely adorable!

JulieBGreen said...

I'm a follower :)
JulieBGreen.blogspot.com

JulieBGreen said...

I have a fantastic little girl to put this on!!
JulieBGreen.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

its purple and its lovely! all good things.thanks for a chance.

Alyssa said...

I love that dress everytime I see it!!! Crossing my fingers! If I don't win I will have to find a copy to borrow.

brianna renee said...

Wow! I was just on SugarCity's page yesterday to see if the frock pattern was still sold out and of course, it was. Crazy timing! I love this pattern and the dresses you've made out of it for little "V". Would love to put this dress on my little "H".

Alyssa said...

I am a dedicated follower

brianna renee said...

Yes, I'm a follower. And did I mention my little "H" looks great in purple! :)

Little Lizard King said...

I am a follower, and I would LOVE to win this!!!

Little Lizard King said...

I'm one of the pattern testers Mama L. was referring to. Sewing In No Man's Land released a free knock off - I think.
Would love to win your labor of love!!!

fenna said...

Cute pattern!!! fenna_otten at yahoo dot ca

jnnlw said...

I wanted to make this last year, but could find a pattern for sale. Your version is beautiful!

jnnlw said...

I am a follower. Great blog!

Tara-Jean Thiessen said...

It's beautiful, mistakes and all. Love it!
tarajeanh@gmail.com

Tara-Jean Thiessen said...

... and I'm a follower :)
tarajeanh@gmail.com

Renee Bryant said...

I would love to have this dress!!!

Kama said...

Cute! I follow you!

Kama said...

My SIL would love it for her little girl! She's doing the room in purple! So sweet!

Sarah said...

Fantastic!

Cinnamon said...

I happen to have a 3 year old that wears her mama's wonky sewing proudly! She would love this.

Sarah said...

I am a follower!

Mamma Dawson said...

I would love the opportunity to win this dress. I have been looking for the pattern for ages to no avail...
Thank you for the opportunity.

Mamma Dawson said...

I have been following you forever. I catch up with my Blogger dashboard.

Katie said...

Wonkiness = charm!

Katie said...

I've been following your blog for many months and love the things you make.

Celeste said...

So very cute.

ceelees(at)hotmail(dot)com

Farah said...

adorable. and convenient since i have a little girl who wears a 3 and LOVES purple.

shelleydf73 said...

I love this style! Being in Louisiana we wear a LOT of purple around here. Whether I win or not, I still love your site, and please keep it going strong for us fellow sewing dorks. :-) Shelley L.

shelleydf73 said...

I am a follower, at least a few times a day. Lol. Shelley L.

Tez said...

So cute! I love the eye catching details. So simple but lovely !

Tez said...

I'm a follower of Dork!

Turtlegurl said...

I love this dress! Thanks for the chance to win!

Turtlegurl said...

Just became a follower!

Sew Flippin Cool said...

I'm a follower

Sew Flippin Cool said...

I've got a girl that would fit. And she loves purple! thanks!!

Vicki in UT said...

Purple is a great color for a little girl's dress.

Vicki in UT said...

I follow your blog.

Jill said...

What a cute dress. purple is one of my daughter's fav. colors!

Jill said...

I'm a follower!

So Bella said...

Beautiful dress!! My daughter would love it! Too bad the pattern isn't being re-printed, it's awesome!

So Bella said...

I'm a follower :)

Evi Andrews said...

Love the little dress. so sweet.

eveline _ andrews (at) yahoo (dot) com

Evi Andrews said...

I'm a follower too

Kimberly said...

Beautiful. I have been eying that pattern. It's a bummer that I was too late on the bandwagon to actually buy one.

Merry Mama said...

I have to say this would get double-duty with me...first my niece would wear it (her Mommy loves purple), and then my daughter would wear it after it was outgrown. Adorable.
trickridinggirl@yahoo.com

Pattij said...

I am a follower!

Merry Mama said...

PS
I am now a follower. :-)
www.merrilyaswego.blogspot.com

tilapiaperch said...

Love the dress and purple is so pretty.

tilapiaperch said...

I am now a follower of your blog...fantastic stuff!

Emilia said...

I am a follower! Love that dress!

Catcher In My Eye said...

I am now a follower too :) And I shared your blog on my FB! :) I love this purple dress! :)

Laura's Loot said...

I really really really REALLY love this pattern and dress. Choose me!

Laura's Loot said...

And I'm a follower. Keep up the good work, your photos on flickr are the reason I have become obsessed with this hard to find pattern.

Cora said...

love the dresses you make...would love this for my niece as my girls are too big!
thanks!
coraclukey (at) gmail (d0t) com

Liz said...

I follow your blog, and I would love to win this dress!! I am an American mommy living in China who is teaching herself to sew. My oldest daughter is a size 3T, and she adores dresses. I'm trying to learn fast so I can make some more for her!! She would adore this dress. Thanks for the give away!
chrisandliz(at)gmail(dot)com.

The SPANGLER said...

OH, oh, pick me (hand in air, madly waving, jumping up and down in front of my computer like a possessed school student busting with an answer!!!) Ah, love... it's what I have for this dress, I look at it, I long for it, I wonder if I could attempt to make one (sadly without a now unavailable pattern), I covet it. My Big Little Miss M would look DI-VINE in this.. its so gorgeous I want one in big lady size!
Cheers
The Spangler @
The Quick Unpick

The SPANGLER said...

Yep... just a little crazy for this dress ... am a follower too ☺

Lora said...

So cute!!! I love handmade!!

Nancy's Couture said...

I'm a follower!

Melissa said...

I love this, wonky necklineand all!

Melissa said...

I'm a follower

Cricket said...

This isn't usually my style, but every time I see someone make this dress I am awed. It is just so unique. I know my littlest would adore it. She is one of those dresses-only types. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cricket said...

I'm also a follower.

Joyce said...

I just found your site and I would love to win this for my grandaughter. I am definitely a follower!

Joyce said...

Seriously, I would love to win this. My grandaughter is a 3T and it would be perfect for her. Love being a follower of this site.

kestan said...

I've been searching for a village frock pattern for about a year now with no luck. Those things are gold for sure. Just so happens I have a little lady that would love this dress and looks gorgeous in purple. Sign me up!

joseesevigny said...

will love to win this pattern...
1 have to sew for two little girls.

joseesevigny@hotmail.com

Pacokeco said...

Ah... keeping my fingers crossed that you didn't pick a winner yet and throwing my hat into the ring for this gorgeous dress!

staceycanada said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I was checking back for some inspiration on summer dresses for my little one and imagine my surprise. I adore the look of your village frock and my daughter a perfect size 3 loves purple! It was meant to be.

staceycoates230@hotmail.com

staceycanada said...

I am a follower.

staceycoates230@hotmail.com