Ever since I learned the basics of sewing, I wanted to know more and more about sewing, I wanted to learn new techniques, I wanted to learn how to give a clean finish on the inside and outside of the garment. So for this, I relied on the world-wide web and it didn’t disappoint me. I was amazed to discover a whole lot of sewing blogs, with loads n loads of tips n tutorials. It just changed my world. And it’s through such blogs that I came to know that something called dress patterns existed. That was completely new to me. In our place, we are taught to mark directly onto the fabric and cut. We just grab a dress that fits us, measure it, mark it onto the fabric and start cutting. The chances are high of a hit or a miss for beginners like me. A complete case of 50:50.

Then came the time of pdf patterns for me, which sort of gave me a courage to try out new thing. Initially there are umpteen number of free downloadable patterns to try. Then there are amazing numbers of paid patterns which I haven’t bought so far. Because I know that once I get the hook of buying patterns, then there’s no looking back, which means my hubby would be bankrupt 😦 and I don’t want that to happen 🙂

And in the meantime I came to know that the patterns are first tested before releasing. The designers distribute their pattern to a selected few sewaholics in each size range to check the fitting of the dress.

From there on my quest to become a pattern tester started. I applied for all the pattern testing that I came across. And finally I was selected by two talented designers for pattern testing.

First one that I tested was the Boho Classic Dress designed by Elise Woolstenhulme of Dandelions n’ Dungarees. It has two bodice options, two skirt options and 3 sleeve options.

Here comes my desert princess.



I just love that wide elastic sash detailing…

The next one that I tested was The Violet Dress designed by Nikki Marsh of the Bubby and Me Creations. This dress has pintuck bodice with peter pan collar. This comes with 2 sleeve options. The french cuffs is one of the cutest things that I learned.


Hana standing on top of the tallest mountain in the UAE – Jabel Jais… Love the climate. Love the pintucks. And love the dress.


I’ve been hoarding this polka dot fabric for more than 2 years without knowing what to do with it. I believe this dress looks super cool in that fabric.
Here’s a matching dress for her sissy…

Hope you guys liked it…



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