Sailor-ish dress. Sailor collar and inverted front pleat closed either with a bow or a button tab.
Available in sizes 2 to 13/14. I made a 6 for a 5 1/2 year old. I don't know yet how well it fits.
I was inspired by an earlier review of this pattern to use quilting cotton from the Out To Sea range by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller . I chose A Pirate's Life in navy purchased from Hawthorne Threads. It's very nice fabric. For contrast (bow, collar binding, bias armhole and neckline facings) I used red and white striped quilting cotton from GJs Fabrics.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions are really good. They even include instructions for seam finishing. The inside of this is nicely finished off. I've included a picture of the insides above.
My main variation was to bind the edges of the collar, because I wanted a bit more of the red and white to tie in with the bow. I found a number of useful tutorials on the internet to help mitre the corners. Search for "mitre corner quilt binding". I also cut the tie on the bias, because I wanted the diagonal stripes.
There are a number of detail photos on the pattern website, which I found helpful to refer to.
The pattern doesn't have a cutting layout for the main pieces. This doesn't bother me but may bother some people. There are yardage figures however. There is a suggested layout for the strips of the contrast fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just binding the edges of the collar, as mentioned above.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Cute pattern, a bit different, and well drafted and with clear instructions.