This sweet little dress is my third Ode To Joy from Maggie Bunch’s Sew-Along.Â What a great class and what a perfect little dress!Â The length was for a tunic, but Maggie’s pattern is so adaptable that I added a wider border at the hem to make it a dress.
Can you see the “prince” is riding a unicorn?
Who doesn’t love Sarah Jane’s truly magical prints for Michael Miller?Â Many are borders, with the the fun part running along the selvage.Â That allows for two 22″ widths of delightful borders. Most have coordinating prints that can be used for the hem, sleeve and neck binding.
My first Ode to Joy was poorly made, as I was in a hurry and did not read the directions carefully.Â But I loved it anyway and so did my then 4 yo granddaughter. Â MM/Sarah Jane’s “Swan Lake” print,as shown, is still available.
Maggie Bunch has created a new classic with her Ode to Joy pattern.Â I love everything about this dress–quick smocking, easy construction, use of coordinating print and the comfort of a pull-on dress or playtop with no buttons to fuss with.Â It is smocked front and back with only about 90 pleats sleeve to sleeve.
Ode to Joy was first taught by Maggie as a class project at Sewing at the Beach and she is now offering it as an on-line sew-along class.Â She has given several sew-along, smock-along classes, reasonably priced at $25.Â They are a bargain at any price.
Step by step, Maggie sews along with you and posts even more detailed photos in the process.Â Â She is alsoÂ is available to answer questions.Â The class begins mid- June.Â Registration is limited so if you are interested, check it out ASAP on her website here.Â Â Â