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I tested the original version of the dress this summer. If you were reading me then, I didn't do much I blogging or testing over the summer because I took an extended trip to visit my parents in New York. I had followed Terri's blog though, and when she posted the tester call, I jumped on it and crossed my fingers.
The dress was just perfect for the Fourth of July party we were going to, and Inara was a total hit in her cute outfit.
The basic Uptown/Downtown Dress comes with the following options:
Sizes 2 through 10
Sleeveless, cap and 3/4 sleeves
The cap sleeves are lined so you can make a cute contrast here as well.
The fit and flare style of this dress is extremely flattering and makes this dress work for both dress and casual occasions, depending on your print choices. And the cute twirl that goes from the flared angle on the skirt is so much fun for my twirly kid. Now as we move into cooler weather, the expansion pack has made me add this dress to our winter staples.
And she's even wearing at school right now with a pair of leggings!
The expansion pack includes:
For ours we used the Long Sleeves, Cowl Neck, pockets and Contrast Band. I had 1 yard of this cute Hey Diddle Diddle interlock and some leftover brown interlock from Connor's Halloween costume. I wasn't sure that Inara was going to like the print, but after scouring the knit shelves and Joann's, she had found nothing. I pulled this out of the destash pile and she just loved it, so I am really glad that I hadn't listed it! The Interlock makes it nice and snuggly for winter while still being super soft.
And I made her a little headband to go with the dress using the leftover scraps and a simple blue button from the button box.
I promised her next pay day that we can order a new knit to she can have a maxi version as well. I'm not sure who is more excited to pick out fabric, me or her!
Both Inara and I highly recommend this dress, and mommy and picky kid approved has to say something!
The best part of the expansion pack? It's free! So if you already own the dress, just pop over to the Sew Straight and Gather Blog Shop and download the expansion pack.
If you don't own the pattern, the code UPTOWNEXPANSION25 will get you 25% off in the Blog Shop or the Etsy Shop. (It also gets you 25% off the Etage Dress and Top too, so I would totally grab both while you are there!)
And, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of the Uptown/Downtown.
Thanks for stopping by! And to leave you with a funny note... Connor was jealous of how much fun Inara was having during her photo shoot: