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The Mamma Can Do It Adalynn

I just tried out a new pattern, and it is LOVE. I used to sew only for my kids, but then I made myself a few things and I'm ruined. 🤣 I'm in love with the fit I get and the fabric choices. And the price. I get a dress that I love for half the price of one I would find in a department store. And I have the satisfaction of sewing it!

This is another Mamma Can Do It pattern. I discovered Mamma Can Do It a while ago when I was learning to sew diapers. I found her diaper pattern and tutorial book on Amazon and purchased it. Then more recently, when she made a Facebook Group, I immediately started following her, trying some of her other patterns, and soon joined her testing and promotional team!

This pattern is her newest release, the Adalynn Dress. I initially did not sign up to test the pattern because I'm still nursing Luke, and with the type of dress this is, I didn't see any ability to use it for nursing. BUT, after testing was complete, and I started seeing people wearing them during release week, I LOVED the pattern. When you like something enough, you'll make it work, right? 😉 So, a couple weeks ago, I worked on a nursing hack for the Adalynn Dress. You can find my nursing hack on Elizabeth's blog, here.


As you can see, my nursing dress has an overlay that lifts up
So Many Reasons To Love It

The Fit

My dress is not exactly like the pattern, because of the nursing mod I made. However, I have to say the pattern is GREAT! This dress is a simple, yet classic style. It's your basic swing dress, but Elizabeth has made this pattern SO MUCH MORE THAN BASIC. She thought of everything, quite literally! 

When you first download your pattern, do your best to not get overwhelmed with the sizing and fit guide, because if you pay attention to it and use the fit guide worksheet, I promise, your fit will be AMAZING.

The fit worksheet allows you to decide how you would like your dress to fit -- do you want a classic swing dress, a semi-fitted (through the bust and arms) swing dress, or a fitted (through the bust and arms) swing dress? So there you have THREE options in ONE DRESS. When I started looking at the pattern, my initial thought was, "HOW?" The pattern pieces are the same. There are not three different sets of pattern pieces... soooo... what's the deal? That's where the fit guide worksheet comes into play! With this worksheet, you choose which style you want, plug in the type of fabric you have (percent stretch) and let it tell you what size you need to make to achieve the fit you want based on the fabric you are using. WHOA! AMAZING! Sound's complicated, but it's not, I promise! (Warning: Once you sew the Adalynn using the fit guide, you're going to wish that ALL of your patterns had a fit guide)

Here, I chose the semi fitted Adalynn. It looks a little different because I added a sash. I chose to add a sash because I had the overlay piece that I added for nursing. That piece wanted to gap a little, and a sash pulled it in closer to the body (instructions for sash included in my nursing hack). My dress was made with double brushed poly from fabric.com. I ended up taking a slightly larger seam allowance in the bust area, trying to eliminate the gapping of the overlay piece. Ultimately, it didn't work and I added the sash that did! 




The Sizing

This pattern comes in FOUR sizes. You can get babies (newborn-24 months),  girls (starting at a 2T all the way to a 16!), ladies (starting at a 00- size 20), and ladies plus sizes (from 14-40).

Or you can grab a PATTERN BUNDLE! Choose which TWO patterns you want for a discounted price and make some matching sibling sets or some adorable mommy and me sets!

Really ANYONE can wear this dress (and everyone will want to)!!

So Versatile!

 It is a classic dress, with a modest neckline. You can wear it alone, or dress it up with accessories.
If you check out Elizabeth's Blog, there are TONS of other hacks you can use to make this dress exactly what you want (including my nursing hack 😉). This dress is sure to be a closet staple!

Other Information
  • PDF pattern that you can purchase, download, and print at home!
  • Includes AO.
  • Includes LAYERS!
  • Excellent photo instructions.
  • Sizing tips to get a great fit for everyone!
  • Beautiful bound neckline.
  • POCKETS!
  • Tons of Hacks on Elizabeth's Blog
  • Great Support from the MCDI Facebook Group


Grab the pattern in time for the sewalong that will take place in a few weeks.

Thank you so much for reading this post!


See... didn't everyone look amazing in the Adalynn??

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