PATTERN RELEASE: Debbie's birthday dress !! (and a discount!)

July 26, 2013

I am very excited to announce that my first digital pattern, Debbie's birthday dress is finally finished and ready for purchase!! SUBSCRIBE TO SEWPONY NEWS HERE.

If you have been following my blog lately, you will have read that this pattern was inspired by my favourite childhood book, Debbie's birthday party, Written by Gilbert Delahaye and illustrated by Marcel Marlier, Belgium, 1969.
Both views appear in the book and have a sweet vintage feel.  The design is a classic A-line style.  View 1 has a separate bodice with trim and View 2 has a vertical seam down the centre of the dress with a peter pan collar, accent buttons and a pocket.  The peter pan collar can also be used with View 1. Both views have a button closure at the back.  You can read all the posts related to Debbie's birthday dress here


The Debbie's birthday dress pattern is a 48 page PDF file.  The pattern contains detailed instructions on construction of the dress with coloured photographs for each step. 

The pattern also includes fabric requirements and overall dress measurements in centimetres and inches.   

The pattern pieces are colour coded (but can also be printed in black and white due to the size variations being differentiated with varied dashed lines) and can be printed on regular printing paper. Each pattern page can be easily pieced together due to the alphabetising of each joining edge and the overall pattern map which can be used as a guide. 

Debbie's birthday dress is the first digital pattern to be released in my etsy shop called sewpony Vintage.....
As the name suggests, this pattern and the future patterns I create and add to my shop will be vintage inspired.  I love vintage designs and fabrics, especially in children's clothing, so this suits me to a tea!  I already have my next dress design sketched out and I also have some smart flares and perhaps a pea coat in my sights!
I am Australian, so my pattern is priced in Australian dollars.  The Australian dollar is closely comparable to the US dollar (although, you will currently get a slightly better deal if you buy from the US!!)  Debbie's birthday dress will usually sell for AUD$8.00.  To celebrate it's release, I am offering a discount of $1.00 per pattern for the next five days.  To pick up your copy of Debbie's birthday dress for only AUD$7.00, type the word: DEBBIE1 at checkout.  This discount will expire on 30/7/2013.

As another little carrot, I will offer my next pattern (which you will read more about when I finish my daughter Juliette's quilt!) for free to the first blogger who purchases, makes and blogs their first Debbie's birthday dress!  Just send me an email if you have completed this little challenge and I will link to your blog on my upcoming blog tour (which I will tell you more about next week). **Tasha from I seamstressed took up the challenge .... have a look at her gorgeous dress here!

Don't forget to upload your creation to my flickr group.

I can't wait to see little Debbie's birthday dresses popping up around the blogosphere!

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  1. Bravo, Suz! So thrilled for you to branch out into designing and selling your own children's clothes patterns. It looks like so much work and planning has gone into this, and I wish you every success.

  2. Thanks Leanne! It has been a lot of work but I have taken my time with it and have learnt lots for next time!

  3. I love the name of the store and can't wait for more designs. I am so tempted to try to make it right away to try to win the free pattern. I'll never make anything for my poor son.

    1. Thanks Christine!! Look forward to seeing your dress!!

  4. Hurray! Can't wait to get started on my Debbie :-)

  5. I've already finished my first Debbie's Birthday Dress! Unfortunately, E is at grandma's house and we're having terribly rainy weather here today. I was hoping to get that next pattern, but the dress is so cute that I guess it doesn't matter too much at all!

    1. I had a feeling you might whip one up duper quick!!!! Can't wait to see it!!

  6. Hi Suz,
    First of all congratulations and it looks like many hours of work have gone into your first pattern release. Tell me have you tried making this with a stretch fabric and if so does it work just as well as cotton?

  7. Hi gill:) thankyou. I have niot tried sretch and I dint think it would work very well

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    1. Thanks Melissa and thanks for your great E-course!!

  9. It's so great to be inspired by an Aussie sewer! I follow lots of American blogs which are awesome but nice to see something special homegrown.

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