A trio of reviews {VFT}

Violette Field Threads is getting ready to unveil 7(!) new patterns just in time for Black Friday 2015. I tested 3 of the 7 and I think you will be blown away with all 7 of them. They each have their own charm and personality and many of them can be mixed and matched or worn together.

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First up is Molly. Molly is an earlier pattern from Violette Field Threads and is just getting an update. The pattern originally came in a 3/4 sleeve and hip length option and is being updated to add a longer length, with the hem hitting at 3-4″ above the knee, and also adding a short sleeve and longer sleeve option.

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For our Molly, we used printed duck for the outer fabric and a thick, warm fleece for the lining. It makes for a toasty warm and elegant but off beat Molly. Molly has an ease of 4-6″ which allows for a variety of fabrics to be used such as wool, velvet, upholstery, woven cotton… the options are limitless. It can be made to look elegant for a special occasion or everyday to match that favorite party dress. We paired our Molly with Loralie.

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Molly has a beautiful symmetrical Peter Pan collar that can be made from a number of different fabrics such as faux fur, woven cotton, upholstery, or just about whatever you wish. The finished jacket can be left open with no buttons, buttoned all the way down, or just a few at the top. We chose to use a snap and a decorative button to close the top of the jacket and allow the A line shape of the main body to stand out. Grab your copy of Molly and get sewing!

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Next up is Emma. Emma is an off beat asymmetrical blouse or dress with an off center collar and delicate pin tucks. Emma is designed by Alexis Wright, who is quickly becoming my favorite designer. She designed the Genevieve, a beautiful plain hem or bubble dress with a bias-cut bodice flounce. The Emma also has an option of becoming a drawstring dress. It features 3 sleeve lengths: at the elbow, 3/4, and long sleeve. The main body of the blouse/dress is meant to be an easy fitting swing style with plenty of ease for jump and play.

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The back of the Emma dress or blouse features a gathered back skirt which I think gives it that delicate “feminine” touch. It can also be altered to have a straight skirt (but why would you want to do that?!) The hem should stop at the knee.

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How about that collar! I love the off center collar of the Emma. It is spaced perfectly to allow for a little hand made bow if you wish. I see many more Emmas in our future. Get your copy and get sewing!

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I saved the best for last. Meet Violette. A ballerina inspired full tulle skirted gown with an optional peplum. She definitely lives up to her name, one of elegance and grandeur. The Violette may also be made with a slimmer tulle skirt or a full fabric skirt. The pattern is full of directions and special tips to help guide you.

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The bodice of the Violette features a low scoop back with enough closure to allow for 2 buttons. We choose to use a decorative button for the top buttonhole and a snap at the bottom of the bodice back. The bodice front features well placed princess seams and a wide, boatneck-like neckline giving it a delicate look.

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When we chose the colors for our Violette skirt, we wanted an array to make the layers stand out. The lining is a light pink, the netting is a fuschia or hot pink, the first tulle layer is platinum, and the top tulle layer is a soft baby pink. The bodice and peplum are a black with white dot made from woven cotton. We accessorized the Violette with a bow topped Russian veiling, hand strung white pearls, black lace gloves, and a vintage Avon purse from the 1940s. I am so excited to share our Violette with you, please share photos of your finished Violette with us!

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