The Crossroads Dress Pattern Release is here and I couldn’t be more excited! This pattern is my favorite so far and is already a big hit for us. Bean has been wearing all the different views for a couple of months now and it makes me very happy to see which view she reaches for each day and then how comfortable, yet stylish she looks throughout the day.
The Crossroads dress is a dress and top pattern designed for a comfortable fit with modern style. Views A through D feature a unique cut out design at the center front that is pieced together using reverse french seams to create both an opportunity for colorblocking and a bit of texture to the bodice.
I’m not sure what gave me the idea to create these little texture lines using french seams done in reverse, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I love how unique it looks and it’s a fun take on standard colorblocking.
One of the cool things about the crossroads pieced front is that it is both a great way to break up a busy print and just right for adding in some contrast to help the print stand out.
For all of you knit print fans out there, this pattern is perfect. This view D maxi length dress in a size 6 used only 1 yard of the orcas fabric. So if you’re looking for a great pattern to use with strikeoffs, look no further!
Speaking of views, there are 8 lettered views, each with both a sleeveless bodice or bodice designed for sleeves with short, 3/4, and long sleeve lengths. It was important to me that I had a separate bodice shape for the sleeveless versions to really get the best fit.
The slim fit top (views A and E) hugs the hip and pairs perfectly with a pair of flared jeans. I made a few of these for Bean this winter and they were worn ALL THE TIME.
The tunic length (views B and F) flares out at the hip and offers great coverage for wearing with leggings. Doesn’t Zoe’s girl look adorable? Plus big props on her perfect crossroads piecing!
The dress lengths (views C and G) fall at the knee with plenty of flare for that great modern staple silhouette. I made a rainbow of these dresses in sleeveless so we’re all set for summer at our house. All the details on the rainbow of dresses and this perfect staple fabric (spoiler alert: it’s Kaufman Laguna cotton jersey and some of the colors ON SALE right now) will be up on the Imagine Gnats blog soon. I’ll be sure to update you guys when it’s live.
And finally the maxi length (views D and H) has enough flare to comfortably run around in with a dreamy shape that lands near ankle height.
If you’re not familiar with the french seam technique, the illustrated tutorial will walk you through step by step so there is no need to worry. All views have a solid back. With sizes newborn through 12 years and both sleeveless and three additional sleeve options offered for each of the eight views, there is a Crossroads dress out there that’s just right for your girl! And it’s on sale for $5 in the shop (no coupon needed) through the weekend so grab it now!
Continuing on the good news train, I took the time to separate out view G of the Crossroads Dress pattern to be its own stand alone PDF Pattern called the View G Dress. This solid front dress including the two bodice shapes and three sleeve lengths is a must have pattern for anyone who sews for a little girl. So I’ve made it available for FREE with a coupon code to all of the Call Ajaire Newsletter subscribers! It’ll always be available for purchase at the $5 price, even when the full Crossroads Dress pattern goes back to full price, but I wanted to reward our great subscribers and I thought this would be a fun way. If you don’t already subscribe you can sign up to receive occasional email updates and pattern release info along with the coupon code to get the View G Dress for free either on the sidebar or by clicking here.
I hope you guys enjoy this pattern as much as we already are. I’ll be back with all the amazing tester versions soon!