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Village Frock

March 19, 2010

This post is long overdue! Last year i attended an incredible course at the OCAC: Exploring natural dyes. During the time I developed seek, i researched several dying methods then settling on reactive dyes for my yoga apparel. But dying with natural dyestuffs was still a method that I was very eager to try even though it is more for private use as it’s hard to achieve consistent results in production. When i found a natural dye course was offered here in Portland, i didn’t have to think twice. I will write in more detail about all i have learned in a separate post but wanted to share a project i made with some of the fabric i dyed myself.

I discovered the Village Frock through this picture on flickr and fell in love with the design. With a little research, i found the lovely designs from Sugar City including the village frock.

It arrived in it’s sweet instruction booklet and beautifully designed paper pattern. I used some hemp/cotton blend fabric that i had dyed with Logwood. I am laughing at myself – ‘i am going all amish’ from dying to sewing myself.

As you can see from the picture, Leona is still a little too small for the garment. Is anybody surprised?  All my projects turned out being to big even though made sure to measure her beforehand. Then i was enlightened by Shelly from Figgy’s Kids that all US patterns include seam allowances! Dahhhhhhhhh! That’s why ALL my projects are too big! Except for the projects based on japanese patterns as those don’t include the seam allowances. Having learned to sew in Germany where all seam allowances need to be added, i just kept on doing exactly that. Selber schuld.

Hah! Even better as now the whole preparation process is much faster! Hurray! And she’ll be able to wear the stuff that much longer…. Oh, she’s a big girl now and does her own dressing choices. There was no way on earth I could convince her to wear other shoes then those blue crock-alikes. So I just went with it.

From → Stitched up

41 Comments
  1. Mel permalink

    Hello there! I have been doing a lot of searching for this pattern since my little girl has gotten big enough to sew for, but this village frock is always sold out! Did you find it available from their shop or some where else online?

    You’re top is beautiful! I so want to make one (or a dozen!) of these for my girl!

    Thanks!

    • Hi there! Unfortunately it looks like they might not sell the pattern anymore. It’s been a while that it’s all been sold out. Let me do some searching. Maybe there is somebody who has a similar pattern that could be modified to look quite similar…

  2. Meggan permalink

    I’ve also been searching and searching and can’t find it anywhere…any chance you’d like to let a stranger borrow it??? Where did you find it?

  3. Amy permalink

    I am also looking for the pattern. I am looking forward to hearing if you find anything similar!

  4. Leslie permalink

    Hi, Would you be willing to trace this for me as well? I’d be happy to pay!

    • So after there is so much interest in the pattern and it looks like the pattern is no longer available (and to avoid any legal implications) I’ll be starting a pattern chain mail. Will be sending the pattern to the first seamster – Heather in New Zealand. If you would like to be the next one on the list – send me your address (via email please!) and you’ll be the next in line to receive the pattern.
      Only a couple of guidelines:
      The pattern has to be traced – no cutting into the vellum please.
      Please be timely with tracing so you can send the next person on the list as soon as you can.
      Of course I (and surely all of you) would love to see the finished garment and/or connect to all the others who are part of the chain mail.

      Hope this sounds like a viable option for you all!

  5. Hi everybody!
    So after there is so much interest in the pattern and it looks like the pattern is no longer available (and to avoid any legal implications) I’ll be starting a pattern chain mail. Will be sending the pattern to the first seamster – Heather in New Zealand. If you would like to be the next one on the list – send me your address (via email please!) and you’ll be the next in line to receive the pattern.
    Only a couple of guidelines:
    The pattern has to be traced – no cutting into the vellum please.
    Please be timely with tracing so you can send the next person on the list as soon as you can.
    Of course I (and surely all of you) would love to see the finished garment and/or connect to all the others who are part of the chain mail.

    Hope this sounds like a viable option for you all!

    • Kelli Sipe permalink

      I would LOVE to be added to the list for the frock pattern!

  6. Cheryl permalink

    Oh me too!!! I’ve searched high and low for this. I’m so excited to see this!!! Thank YOU!!

  7. Amy permalink

    HOw is the pattern chain going? are you still doing it? I’d love to be added to the list.

  8. Danielle permalink

    Hi, can you please add me to the list for the village frock. I know I am a bit late but came across this post when searching for the pattern. Your version of this dress is beautiful!
    Danielle

  9. Jenelle James permalink

    Hi Daniela,
    is there any chance I can be included in the sharing of the pattern?
    Many thanks,
    Jenelle

  10. Jane Campbell permalink

    Hi, would also love this pattern. Thanks for starting up the chain. Is there anything we should contribute?

    Jane

  11. redcurls permalink

    i would also love to be on the list, i have been searching for this pattern like crazy. especially since my daughter refuses to wear anything that isn’t a dress.

  12. Jennifer permalink

    Are you still sharing the pattern for the village frock dress? I would really like a copy of it if you are. Please let me know and I will send you my information. Thank you

    • right now there are about 10 people and I don’t know where it is, but send me you address and I put you on the list.🙂

  13. Jennifer permalink

    I was wondering if you were still sharing the pattern for this village frock. I would really like to have a copy of this pattern. If you are I please let me know and I will send you my information. Thank you!

  14. Ashley Desmond permalink

    Oh my gosh! I have been searching everywhere for this pattern. Are you still doing the pattern chain? If so I would die to be put on that list!

  15. Auntychacha permalink

    Hi from Australia! Just wondering whether this is still happening and if so, whether I could be added to the list?

    Itchin to get stitchin!

  16. Astreia Yates permalink

    Can I get on the share list for the village frock also?

  17. Please add me to the list!!

  18. Danielle H. permalink

    A pattern chain is BRILLANT! I saw this pattern over on dana-made-it and of course began wishing I had discovered it before it was discontinued! Can I get into this chain, Please!

    • Maria Dominguez permalink

      I would like to be add to the list too!!!!
      TNKS.

  19. stephanie chavet permalink

    Please add me to the list!!! Yeah finally a solution to “my fell in love with this dress and of course it is out of print” problem.

  20. Linda Hokama permalink

    Would love to be added to pattern chain if still an option. Thanks so much.

  21. Stacey Coates permalink

    I am completely unsure of when you where organizing the pattern share.
    If by any chance you are still doing this I would be so grateful.
    Are all pattern sizes available? My daughter is a size 3 toddler or 92cmEuro.

  22. Jen S permalink

    Hi there!
    I’m almost scared to ask but do you mind adding me to the ever growing list as well? I too am in love with the pattern. I even tried looking at your picture of the pattern peice to see if I could figure it out in my blond head:) …it didnt’ work. haha.
    And I love the fabric you chose for your frock. Thanks a bunch!
    Jen in Canada:)

  23. Sara Miatello permalink

    Please! Am I too late on this list?? I would love to trace this pattern!! Please out me on the list! thanks so much!!

  24. Rebecca permalink

    Just wondering if this is still going? I am DESPERATE for this pattern!!!!

  25. Andrea Morris permalink

    Hello
    Without wanting to be a pain, I would love to go on the waiting list for the pattern if the offer is still open. It’s very kind of you to do it – this pattern is so hard to get hold of. I contacted the designers directly and they’re definitely not printing it again.
    Regards
    Andrea

  26. Sue Rasberry permalink

    I would like to be added to this chain. I’m in the US, so I don’t know if tat is an issue, but I’m dying to make this adorable frock.

  27. Can I still join? I am all the way in Malaysia! Thank you

  28. Danielle H. permalink

    I thought I would share this here because I know so many of us want to try to make this dress. I was reading over at http://sewingin-nomansland.blogspot.com/ that she’s come up with a version of this dress. She was emailing the designer to see if she could share it. So hopefully she’ll be posting a tutorial and pattern soon!!

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