|Kwik Sew: 3862 (Children's A-line Dresses) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Posted on:||7/16/13 8:50 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Available for sale on PR: $11.99 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Poly-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
A-line dresses have center back zipper, and armholes and neckline are finished with facings. View B has two contrast ruffles at bottom edge.
The pattern says it is for woven fabrics but I used a knit.
Girls sizes range from: XS(4-5) S(6) M(7-8) L(10) XL(12-14)
I made a size XS for fit but cut it for length in a Medium. My GD weighs about 42 pounds and is 48 inches tall. It fit my tall skinny 5 year old GD perfect.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I read them for the purpose of this review and they are easy to follow so would be fine for a beginner. However, I did not use them as I lined the dress. Pattern calls for facings.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that it was a simple A-line dress. My fabric was ruffly so the pattern needed to be a simple design.
A ruffled poly/spandex knit fabric from the Doodles collection bought at Joann Fabrics and I lined it with Baby Silk (which is 100% polyester) bought at Hancock Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
When you handle this ruffled fabric prior to cutting it the ruffles have such a flirty flutter to them as you swing the fabric around so immediately I knew I wanted to do something more fun like have the ruffles angled rather than just run straight across the garment. When the ruffles run straight across they don't flutter so nice or look as visually interesting. So I decided to do a bias cut so the ruffles would angle at center front, back and side seams. I decided to have the ruffles meet with an inverted V in the center front and back, and meet in a V on the side seams. So I had to add a center front seam to the pattern and add seam allowances. And I lined it instead of use facings. The fabric is pink but I lined it in white as I thought it made the pink color pop more. Also, the fabric beneath the ruffles is very, very thin as in 'see through.' With the ruffles bias cut and fluttering more, I needed this cute dress to be modest enough for my GD. Don't want her showing her business to the world now or ever.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would use and recommend this basic simple A-line pattern again.
But the ruffled fabric--that would be a big NO! I've sewn on all types of fabrics even those that scare the faint of heart. Some can be irritating, but this ruffle stuff is a totally irritating beast! The reason is, is that once you cut it, the ruffles are freed from the selvedge edge and proceed to go wild. Once cut they are separated from the thin under fabric and do everything in their power to (dare I say) piss you off. So they move....and move....and catch on any little thing. I stitched around the pieces of the dress before serging the seams together to try to tame them. It helped but they still seem to roam somehow. BUT in the end I WON and tamed the beast!!!
This photo of myself and my sweet GD and her doll in their pink ruffly dresses says it all. She absolutely loved it and that made all the irritation worth it! I love sewing for her so much!
I did not cut the doll's dress on the bias which made it easier to sew when the ruffles went straight across. But I really like the look of the bias cut so much better.
Click here and scroll right to see more details of the pink ruffly dress I've written more details beneath the photos.
Thanks for reading!
Update: Since I wrote this review I happened upon this Ruffled Fabric web site It has so many beautiful ruffled fabrics! I am already changing my mind about never sewing with ruffled knit again. And as I said, sewing with the ruffles straight across was much easier than sewing them on the bias. One of these beautiful ruffled fabrics would be easy to attach to a colored elastic waistband. I'm thinking how pretty it would look especially in one of their 2 inch wide ruffled fabrics! This site even includes a Tutorial Page And most likely, not all ruffled fabrics are created equal. I'm thinking that some would be easier to handle than others! So give it a try because the ruffles are so pretty!
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