Pattern Description: Toddler's and child's dresses with bodice and skirt variations
Pattern Sizing:4,5,6,7,8 I constructed size 4. Perfect fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?/Yes. This was my first experience with this type of pattern. It included a croquis kit. The pattern includes 8 options. I created a ninth. I read the pattern throughly and highlighted the options I wanted for my garment. I found this to be helpful since there are so many options and steps. This pattern contains three direction sheets. Two for the sewing directions and one for the croquis kit. There are 51 steps to choose from for the construction of the garments and an additional 17 steps for designer's additions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I chose this pattern for the banded sleeve with tie option. I wanted to construct a dress with a woven bodice and short sleeves.
Fabric Used: The fabric is a double knit and was selected by the model/recipient of the dress with the color being the deciding factor. It is a beautiful shade of plum and was purchased at Joann's. This 4 year olds wardrobe has very few pieces that are not purple.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I cut strips of fabric on the bias and straight stitched them into a tube. I then cut them to length in order to make a rectangle slightly larger than my bodice pattern piece. I cut a lightweight fusible rectangle and placed it on my ironing board. I then laid the warp strips side by side and pinned the top edge through the fusible and into the ironing board. I then wove the weft strips until my rectangle was complete. The seam of the strips should be facing down. Without moving the woven rectangle I ironed the fusible to the back of the woven rectangle following the manufactures directions and using a teflon pressing sheet. I laid the bodice pattern piece on the back at an angle and traced the cutting line. I stitched just inside the cutting line before I cut the bodice in order to hold all the cut ends securely. Then I cut on the traced line. After I had my woven bodice cut out I followed the pattern directions for construction. I also designed a tulle skirt with an elastic waist to insure that the dress can be worn to more conservative events without the tulle.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and yes.
Conclusion: I have wanted to construct a dress with a woven bodice since I discovered this design on Project Runway designed by Suede. When I stumbled upon this RTW designer knockoff contest it was great motivation. I needed to construct a more conservative version of the design. I added a sleeve and a higher neckline. I also flipped the design by creating a shorter bodice and a longer skirt which is perfect for twirling. My inspiration design was great for an adult and my version is perfect for a little lady. In order to photograph such a dark color I knew it needed to be outside. Unfortunately we were in the middle of a winter weather storm. My model was focused and was able to withstand snowflakes tickling her nose and cheeks as she struck her pose. I guess you can say we were photobombed by snowflakes during our photo shoot. The things we do for fashion.