Hello Holli Blue Ridge Dress [Pattern Tester Tour!]

I am so excited to share this dress with you. I tested a brand new pattern, the Blue Ridge Dress, from a brand new company, Hello Holli. And it is an EXCELLENT pattern. You might know that I’m quite pernickety when it comes to patterns; I do criticise them a lot… but this one really is fantastic. I love the dress and I love the pattern. (And I’m not just saying that because Holli is watching me, haha. I am honestly going to make loads of these dresses.)Blue Ridge Dress

The dress has a huge size range – 12 months to 14 years. I made size 2 for my 2 year old in a cute animal print cotton. She calls it her lion dress. I’m not sure why she can only see lions!

blue ridge dress

I had just 80-90cm of it because it was end of roll, but I managed to squeeze on the tunic length. (The pattern comes in two length options – tunic and dress.) The length is perfect. The hem comes with a generous 5cm seam allowance so I could actually take it down when it gets too short but the bodice still fits.

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Sorry that it looks a bit creased – she had been wearing for some time before our little photoshoot!

It’s good for twirling! 🙂

blue ridge dress

What’s really great about the pattern is that all seams are enclosed; the bodice is lined and it just all looks so lovely inside as well as outside. I’ve probably mentioned more than once before that I love French seams!

Blue ridge dress

The neck and armholes are bound with bias binding, and there’s an added strip of it at the join of the bodice and skirt, just for decoration – I really like it. Some of the testers skipped that part, but I think it draws attention to the nice curve of the bodice.

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The bias binding forms a button loop at the back. Sewchet, do you recognise the little bunny button?

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The only step I didn’t enjoy was attaching the bias binding to the wrong side. Holli instructs you to stitch in the ditch – which gives a very nice finish. If you can do it nicely. I can never catch all the bias binding. So I ended up slipstitching it in the places I’d missed! Next time I will just slipstitch the entire length; with such a small dress it wouldn’t take too long, and it’s something to do sat outside in the sunshine!

But all in all it’s a very sweet dress, wouldn’t you agree? I honestly wouldn’t change anything about it design-wise.

blue ridge dressBeth x

PS. Head over to Holli’s intro post to find a code for 20% off! And she’s also running a giveaway where you could win the pattern (be quick though because it ends tomorrow (Saturday!)

PPS. Interested in the other testers’ versions? Check out the links below…

Paisley Roots | Plucky Momo | KaatjeNaaisels | Life With Zeke | chelsiebrady | Made by Sara | GlaMa Creations | Argyle + Pearls Bless by ToneRebel & Malice | Creative Needle and Threads | Just Add Fabric

39 thoughts on “Hello Holli Blue Ridge Dress [Pattern Tester Tour!]

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  2. Glad to see the buttons are proving useful! Sweet little dress and she looks divine in it – surely too good for playing in the sandpit?! I think the contrasting bias binding really adds a special finishing touch, so good call:)

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  3. Hehe, I love an honest review- I hope you WOULD share the negatives! It always makes me suspicious when someone only has rave reviews of every pattern they ever try 🙂 Thanks again for testing and joining the tester tour- I hope you’ll be available for the next one!!

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    • I am honest on this blog – I think I make myself look a bit stupid sometimes! I would love to test again for you 🙂 hopefully in the not too distant future!


  4. Super cute! And lovely fabric choice. I really like the extended age range on this. My daughter seems to be right between ‘baby’ patterns and more ‘teenage’ ones, so it really stops me from buying them. I’m very tempted by this, but it will gave to join an already, overly long queue of patterns to buy…

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  5. Your little girl is very cute Beth. She looks gorgeous in the dress, such a lovely style, especially the waistline, I agree that you definitely need the binding there to highlight the curve. I made a dress this week but it’s going to need a lot of altering before it gets to my blog if it gets there at all!! I believed the measurements even though they said I was a large at 5’2″ and 8 1/2 stone, I should have ignored it and gone with the small, it looks like a tent!! take care. xx

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