Back in January I hosted a giveaway for some Eden Ava Couture patterns. I was given the opportunity to review a pattern and I picked the Hawaiian Muu Muu Dress.
The reason I picked this pattern is that we used to live in Hawaii and I love muu muus. Most people have the wrong impression of muu muus. They are not big tent-like dresses in bright obnoxious patterns. They are quite the fashion statement in Hawaii and range from basic to very fancy and expensive. Nice ones are appropriate in a professional office. Some companies have their logo worked into the design. We moved away from Hawaii 20 years ago, but I still have my muu muus.
You will often see muu muus with white print. Either white (floral or print) on color or color (floral or print) on white. I kept this in mind when I picked a damask print to sew with.
I really like this pattern. The directions are straightforward. I love
how it’s in panels to make it form fitting. It didn’t turn out to be
form fitting on the doll, but I will use a bigger seam allowance the next time I
make one. I used my serger on most seams, but had to zig zag the edge of a few places.
My most favorite part of the pattern is the neckline. It looks difficult, but it was very easy to do and looks great. The only thing I would change about the patter is to make the top ruffles bigger, especially the one on top of the skirt bottom. When I ran my basting stitches on that ruffle they gathered up on their own and were too short. I had to let them out to get it to go all the way around the dress.
If you sew you can get this pattern at the Eden Ava Couture shop. If you’d like to own this dress, keep an eye out in about a month for the next American Girl Mega Giveaway. This orange damask muu muu will be part of the wardrobe being given away. I even made matching sandals to go along with the dress. We still have a few spots for contributors and sponsors in that giveaway. Get more info here.
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