Tea Party Ensemble: Jilly Atlanta Constance Cape and Duchess Dress

I was asked to test the newest pattern by Jilly Atlanta, the Constance Cape.  This is a gorgeous little cape with tons of potential.  I paired with cape with the Duchess dress, another fabulous Jilly Atlanta pattern.  This is possibly the most elegant outfit I've created for a kid. It screams high fashion! And to think it all started with clearance aisle fabric.

I found this corduroy on the clearance aisle on one of my trips to Joann's.  It was such an amazing deal that I had to buy some even though I had no idea what I wanted to make.  When I was chosen to test the Constance I figured this corduroy would probably look nice, but I wasn't completely convinced.  Well, it turned our WAY better than I expected.

Styling was my next hurdle... I thought maybe it would look good with some black skinny pants and ballet flats, but then I saw the Duchess.  The lines on the Duchess were so elegant and clean. I though it would be a perfect compliment.  I wanted to give it just a bit of a pop, so I decided to add the green piping, which isn't really piping because there is no cording inside. I love with how it turned out. It is gorgeous!

The pair together makes me think of a ladies tea party...

And can we, please, take just a moment to appreciate those shoes!!! I mean, can you even stand it...  blue suede booties!

The Constance cape comes with two collar options, the ruffled version you see here and a Peter Pan collar. There is also the option of a scalloped hem and ties or buttons as a closure option. The cape can also be finished to be reversible.  I love that this can be made in almost any kind of fabric. Makes it super versatile and able to be worn in both cold and heat.  Pick up your copy at the Jilly Atlanta Etsy Shop.

The Duchess is a slightly A-lined, sleeveless dress with the most amazing side pleats and unique yokes.  It's the perfect tea party dress, especially when paired with the Constance, but can be worn alone or with a little cardigan for a more casual look.  I used a combination of cotton and corduroy for my version, but it can also be made in rayon or linen.  Get your copy when you visit the Etsy shop.

I'd also like to thank Cup22, our local coffee shop, for letting us use their space for our little photo shoot.  Cup 22 is located in the quirky little Village of Saxapahaw, and serves as the box office for the Haw River Ballroom.  The staff are wonderful and lovely people, and they have delicious coffees and teas and a selection of baked deliciousness, both savory and sweet.  The view of the river is amazing and the furnishings are perfect for our little photo shoot.  If you are ever in the village, stop in!

More info on the products shown:

Constance by Jilly Atlanta

Duchess by Jilly Atlanta

Corduroy from Joann's
Cottons from Thimble Pleasures

Blue Suede Wedges:
Amazon Bella Marie Girls Booties

Hair Accessories:
The Children's Place

Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  And... here are more photos, because you know I have a hard time not sharing ALL of them!


  1. That dress is to die for! Oh my gush, so much cuteness in one little outfit! You're right, the shoes are so perfect!!!!

  2. That is an interesting pattern, and I love those shoes.
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

  3. Adorable! The dress is a perfect complement to the cape. Wonderful outfit for dressing up but versatile enough for play. Beautiful job!

  4. I am very happy to read this one. She little cute girl is so beautiful in this dress. I hope you will share more good updates. I will share with my friends. Now it's time to avail luxury airport transfer for more information.


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