From Simplicity "Toddler's and child's dress sewing pattern with bodice and trim variations."
1/2-6. I sewed a 1 based on DD's chest measurement & it fits PERFECT.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Even better, if I do say so myself ;)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes; I think the pleat instructions could have been just a touch clearer, but it turned out just fine!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the details of this pattern. The pleated sleeves & skirt were a nice touch. Also, this pattern allows for a lot of design changes (aside from the ones provided). You could switch the pleats to gathers or omit them completely.
Quilting cottons that I had stashed
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took liberties with the seam allowances, using 3/8" seams on the sleeves & upper bodice. The sleeves because the holes looked so darn small (it's been awhile since I've sewn for my toddler; they would have been fine) and the middrift/bodice seam because I hadn't been very thorough with my marking & didn't want to catch the cummerbund in the seam.
Also 'shirred' the cummerbund instead of gathering. And tacked it down. Decreased the hem to 1/2" double folded hem to keep as much length as possible. As is, it hits DD right below the knee.
Pattern calls for putting the zipper 1" below neckline & inserting a hook & eye. I just placed it on the seamline & omitted the hook & eye. Worked great.
Also--first time doing a lapped zipper...NAILED IT. Love the result. Super easy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES. I will totally sew it again. There are just too many possible variations to pass it up. This pattern just became my "block" for future dresses
LOVE. This is my absolute favorite dress that I've sewn for DD.