Georgia Vintage Dress Pattern: Testers, Part 1

As I announced in my post yesterday, the Georgia Vintage Dress Pattern (Size 6 Month – 10 Years) is now available for sale as a downloadable PDF and you can find it sold here.

One of the most important factors in pattern design is fit. It doesn’t matter what the cover of a pattern looks like, but if the customers that purchase that pattern can recreate what’s on the cover, then the pattern is a fail. In order to ensure a great fit and a well instructed pattern, I enlisted the help of a wonderful group of pattern testers. Some of them are bloggers, some have their own Etsy shops, and some are mom’s and grandma’s that just love to sew.

I went went through many different emails of folks applying for this open call that I made over on The Cottage Mama Facebook page and I was pretty certain that I had put together a good group. What I didn’t know, is that I had put together a truly wonderful group of women. Not only did these women do a fantastic job testing and giving feedback on this pattern, but they are genuinely a kind, supportive and incredibly talented bunch. There are 43 of them total that are divided up testing each of the four patterns releasing over the next several weeks.

I am SO incredibly proud of what they created from the Georgia Vintage Dress pattern that I just can’t wait to show you!

First up, we have our tester, Hayley, from Welcome to the Mouse House. In her version, she added in a fourth fabric and used jumbo rick-rack trim instead of piping on the bib. The colors and fabric she chose are just stunning and her little lady looks so adorable in her dress.

This Georgia Vintage Dress was from Natalie Cooper. Her choice of more subtle fabrics in softer colors with these gorgeous floral buttons give a true vintage feel to this dress.

This dress was by Amy Fournier from Ellie-Jayne Designs and it actually fit both her girls. The first few pictures of Amy’s daughter show the dress with a slightly longer hem (that has since been shortened) and this final pictures is of her other darling little lady. The use of contrasting fabrics really make all the details of this dress pop.

Here we have sweet Lily modeling the dress made by her mom, Julie from Crafts for Lily. She selected these gorgeous soft colors that look perfect on Lily. And her mixing and matching of patterned prints is spot on.

Ayelet from The Graceful Rose tested one of our larger sizes for her daughter using View B, a sleeveless variation. This lends a slightly more modern look to the pattern and the gorgeous Joel Dewberry fabric she used is fantastic!


This gorgeous dress is from Judy Brock who used a beautiful combination of white, yellow and blue for her Georgia Vintage Dress.

So what do you think? Didn’t these testers do such a lovely job? I’ve got a whole other group of photos to show you tomorrow that I think you’ll love as well.

The ladies created these dresses all on their own simply following the pattern instructions. Sometimes I think people feel my patterns can look a little tricky, like there would be no way they could recreate the look on their own. But you can! The instructions are straight-forward and enable confident beginners to create an identical design to the cover and will help you along with your sewing technique. If you’ve never tried a The Cottage Mama Sewing Pattern, I encourage you to give one a try………I’m pretty sure you’re going to like it.

If you would like to purchase the new Georgia Vintage Dress (Size 6 Month – 10 Years), you can find the pattern HERE.
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5 Comments

  1. Lindsey, the dresses are all beautiful. Your testers were fantastic and I hope that one day I will be able to be a tester for you! Keep up the good work!

  2. Absolutely darling! All the dresses are so adorable and the pattern is sure to do well. Congratulations!

  3. Love all the dresses. I’m putting this on my wish list for my 10 year old daughter and my 9 month old daughter. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures.

  4. muy lindo

  5. gorgeous!