Friday, June 01, 2012

Honey Girl Dress–Jamie Christina Pattern

Description and sizes: delightful dress pattern that celebrates everything fun about being a girl. The Honey Girl pattern comes with complete instructions, illustrations, and full size pattern pieces to make a shirred sun dress or shirred top. Instructions on how to shirr with elastic thread are also included in the pattern. Sizes are as follows: Small (size 4 - 6), medium (sizes 8 - 10), large (sizes 12 - 14), and X Large (sizes 16 - 18). Jamie Christina Patterns and blog

Fabric:  An Amy Butler quilting cotton

Changes:  The front ruffle had bias binding for the edges, I cut out another front ruffle, added pink rick-rack for embellishment

front ruffle
ruffle lined

The pattern calls for 1/4” elastic at the top of the bodice and then form a casing between the bodice and the skirt.  I added the elastic at the top of the bodice but omitted it at the skirt section.  This was my fault, I serged the bodice-skirt seam and did not leave enough seam allowance to make the casing.  That is what I get for sewing before reading.  I think with all the serging, the dress will stay in place without this 1/4” elastic

The instructions have you ruffle fabric down the middle of the 2” fabric and apply to the top of the skirt hem.  I changed this and used a ruffle like I did on my Sew Serendipity skirt.  I am very pleased with the result


Jamie Christina has a good shirring tutorial.  I have to change one thing for the elastic thread to work on my machine.  I have to wind the bobbin on my machine.  If I hand wind, I get no shirring while sewing.
Conclusion:  A fun, summery dress for Meredith.  It is a perfect style on her and all of us love the fabric.

honey girl front
honey girl back
From all the comments on machine repair, everyone hates to be without their machines and many have a back-up machine. 

I am happy to report, I picked up my machine yesterday.  They had all the parts in stock and that helped with the speed of repair.  I was shocked when they called, as when I took it in they said it would be a couple of weeks.  Thanks, Marilyn, for the quick repair.


  1. Very cute! I like the ricrac and the pleats at the hem are a lovely detail.

  2. Enchanting! A lovely summer dress. The handbag in your previous post is so cute too. Loving all these girly things!

  3. How CUTE! The details are great! Isn't doing shirring on the machine such fun?

  4. Anonymous8:17 PM

    What a feminine and pretty dress. I bet the same style ideas would translate well into a little girl's dress too. Thanks for the inspiration! Glad you got your machine home!

  5. That's is so cute! Interesting that you have to wind the elastic thread by machine to get it to shirr.

  6. Anonymous2:38 AM

    Nice, was it true to size? I just got their Abbey Coat pattern and am pretty eager to sew that up, would be awesome to wing it without making a muslin XD

  7. Such a cute little number :-) I've been looking at her racer-back maxi dress that so many bloggers sewed up last year......

  8. Very pretty! I'm sure it looks great on Meredith.

  9. Oh I love this dress it's just so pretty. I am loving all these new indie pattern companies that are springing up at the moment. The fabric is gorgeous.

  10. This is so lovely. It makes me want to travel to a warm place for a while!

  11. I just love this dress! The fabric is so perfect for summer. I can see it with a cute denim jacket for cool evenings.