**** EDIT **** New dress made 08/08/13 for "Sewing for Children" Contest
This is my second time sewing this pattern. The first was a ladybug and candy tree dresswhich I wasn't sure I liked. However, the more K wears it the more I love it on her so I decided to make a second one.
I shortened to a 16" zipper and had 1.5 yards of the pink butterfly fabric. I lined the bodice in a very soft and lightweight white cotton. The pattern calls for a lined bodice and waistband. I didn't line the waistband this time because I didn't like the bulk on the previous one. The skirt is unlined.
I cut the neck elastic 1/2" shorter than stated. I used two rows of basting for the gathering on the bodice, then switched to my serger to gather the skirt part. I also serged both raw edges of the skirt center back before stitching them together to the large dot - this makes a clean edge when I insert the zipper.
I love the results! This dress is so cute. There are some really cute designs hidden in the graffiti. I found mushrooms, bees, tulips, and of course butterflies.
Fabric: 1.5 yards "Natural Graffiti Butterflies & Flowers Pink" 100% cotton. Bought from Fabric.com on 01/20/13 for $7.62 total. The white lining on the bodice I've had in my stash forever. 16" zipper from cleanersupply.com $0.80.
FIRST REVIEW 06/07/13 Pattern Description: The pattern shows one long dress and two short sundresses. I'm testing the dress from View A (the green one) to decide if I want to make Miss K's 4th of July dress out of it. The bodice and waistband contrast are lined with their same respective fabrics. The skirt is not lined .
Pattern Sizing:from 7-14; Miss K wears size 8 in RTW so I traced and cut a size 8 but a length of 10 because I didn't want it so short. A 7 year old needs to be modest!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes - pattern is a drawing not a picture of this dress
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes and great instructions for putting in the zipper. I loved the pictures for that.
Fabric Used: pattern asks for 1 7/8 yards of fabric 45" width for size 8. I had 2 yards of cotton tree fabric with ladybugs and candy as well as 1/2 yard of contrasting cotton fabric in pink. The tree fabric I purchased in January from Fabric.com for $14.37. The pink was picked up randomly at Hancock's; I'll guess it was about $2.50. I think I used 1 1/2 yards of the tree fabric and almost all the pink 1/2 yard fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I shortened to a 16" zipper (I mean how far does the zipper have to go down???).
In step 3 after stitching armhole I clipped seams before underlining. Then after underlining I trimmed the seams. This seamed to help because the clipping before hand reduced puckering and the underlining before trimming made it easy to catch all of the lining and seams into the underline.
Step 5 was weird to me - I'm just not used to sewing the sides in such a way but it worked and finished the sides so nice! It payed off just following the pattern and not winging it when it felt weird.
For the neck elastic, I cut it 1/2 inch shorter and used 3/8" elastic as that is all I had.
For the gathering of the bodice I used clear elastic instead of stitching gathering stitches. The front gathers required 11.5 inches of clear elastic to match the waistband. The sides of the bodice I did sew gathering thread because they were just reducing 1.5 inches to match the waistband.
I also serged both raw edges of the skirt center back before stitching them together to the large dot. This makes it easy and clean when I insert the zipper. Also, as mentioned above I used a 16" zipper not 20' so I had to raise where I sewed to the large dot to the appropriate length so the 16" zipper was perfect fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Miss K usually wears an 8 in McCall's patterns. This dress bodice is a little weird because of the gathering. I think it is a bit stiff and poofy - looks big on her. I think if I didn't use a quilter's cotton it might have gathered/looked better? Possibly because of the double layer of cotton in the bodice it just doesn't gather right? I'm not so sure. Also, the elastic in the neckline is not stitched down, just in the backs so the casing slides all over - thus messing up any gathers. I will continue to look for a dress pattern for 4th of July as this one just won't work. But it's a cute dress nonetheless.