Feel like finding out about a new super special dress pattern for your little girl to feel a million dollars in? Look no further! The Ileana dress from Compagnie M has launched! 

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This talented Belgian designer has released her new pattern packed with options galore and we were lucky enough to go through the testing phase with her again.

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Of course, it immediately got the seal of approval from Bugs as I chose the full skirt option although you can do a half skirt version if you are limited on fabric. But who doesn’t love a twirl?!

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Don’t you love the contrasting bias that finishes the hem and gives a twirling skirt a little flourish?! Actually, it made the hemming of the circle skirt a breeze and this is how I will finish all my circle skirts from now on!

But my favourite part of this dress has to be the bow collar.

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A little finicky to hand stitch the piece so it sits just how you want it, but I love the look! (Let’s not talk about how I totally missed the instructions when to apply the collar, which resulted in me hand stitching the entire collar to the dress right at the end! What was I thinking!)

Your other collar options are a round or pointy peter pan or a flower collar.

The dress is lined in the bodice (you can also line the skirt if you wish) and of course that’s when I should have sandwiched my collar in! Still, we got a good result.

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There are a number of pocket options to choose from but I loved the unique shape of these triangle pockets so on they went!

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Similarly, when you choose your bodice and sleeves Marte has provided a short or longer raglan sleeve or a regular bodice and cap sleeve which was my preference this time around.

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My fabric is gorgeous right? It’s Utopia by Frances Newcombe in the Art Gallery Fabric collection and purchased from Muddy Ruffles – an Aussie online fabric distributor run by sweet Cristy who I am getting to know over email!

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Despite my zipper being navy (yes I was too lazy to get up to the shops), I think my invisible zipper placement improves every time until I saw Marte’s version and realised hers is truly invisible! Oh well, I’m getting there!

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Finally, I have to thank my Bug for her commitment to this photoshoot. It was actually freezing this day and she persevered! At times a little Audrey Hepburn…

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But most of the time, her goofy 4-year-old self, which suits me just fine!

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For your Ileana dress pattern visit Compagnie M here and use the code ILEANA10 until August 11!

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