|Pattern Description: |
Girls Croquis Kit dress kit...variations include knee length dresses with v neck straps, spaghetti straps, Peter Pan collar, elastic short sleeves, regular hemmed short sleeves, belts, bows, buttons, and trims. Never-ending options.
1/2, 1, 2, 3
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I combined several of the proposed design elements and I did get a similar look to what is on the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Once I realized I had to piece together the parts I wanted for the look I wanted (duh, Croquis) I found the instructions plenty informative. Nothing essential left out, plenty of photos to refer to along the way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really wanted to find a great dress with a Peter Pan collar. Depending in fabric, you could use this as a base for making plenty of adorable vintage-inspired dresses. I liked how the variations were presented and each shown in a photo example. I liked the open-endedness of the design while still having the structure of a pattern. It was just enough freedom to be adventurous.
Cotton blend pink and white check.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of attaching the Collar to the dress, I did a detachable collar with hand-embroidered flowers. Now my dress has two separate looks. Instead of a belt, I used white ricrac around the waist area to enhance the vintage look I was going for.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have sewn from this kit four times. Each time has been different. This dress has worked the best for me. I found the v neck version to have very long straps and my daughters chest is exposed at times (she's 3, not a huge deal and probably my fault since I should have measured).
If you want to be creative and feel like you are designing, this is a great way to have a road map while you do so. It's just enough guidance in terms of possibility. Instruction-wise I was impressed.