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|44 more reviewsReview submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest |
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|Reviewed by:||maria 6705|| |
|Posted on:||1/18/11 10:10 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/20/15 8:51 PM|
|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 2 people |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Edited June 2015 for Fabric Stash contest|
Pattern Description: sleeveless child's sundress made from two rectangles of fabric. I made two in size 3 and one in size 5. click here
Pattern Sizing: 2 to 12 (small, medium, large) I think the current version of the pattern only gives directions for sizes small, medium and large.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? no illustration. Download instructions from www.nancysnotions.com. "Little Dresses for Africa"
Were the instructions easy to follow? very easy
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's quick and easy to sew and makes a cute child's dress.
I find that using elastic to gather the upper edges of the dress sometimes makes for a stiff and possibly uncomfortable "neckline" in the smaller sizes because 42 inches of fabric is being reduced to 6 inches. At times in the past, I have replaced the elastic with bias tape or cord, which gives a softer result. However, this time I followed the pattern instructions and used elastic.
Fabric Used: The dresses are made of woven cotton that has been in my stash for about a year. The total amount of fabric for the three dresses was 2 1/4 yards, which includes 1/4 yard of lime green cotton that was used for bias tape and trim for the blue dresses. My total stash is about 50- to 75 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Ruffled trim was added at the top of the bodice front and at the hem. A strip of green fabric was placed just above the hem and just below the top ruffles on the smaller blue dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely! I make some of these every year, usually for charity. These dresses were going to be made at some point in the next few months; this contest is the reason they were sewn now.
Conclusion: A free, easy pattern that turns out well. When sending them to other countries as charitable donations, I try to include a harmonizing tshirt, long-sleeved if possible, for reasons of modesty.
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