Sleeveless dress with lined bodices, gathered skirts, pockets and back zipper closure. View A is plain and simple with a stitched hem. View B jazzes it up adding front tabs with buttons and purchased double fold bias tape at the neckline, armhole, pocket edges and along waist seam.
XXS(3) XS(4-5) S(6) M(7-8) L(10)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It's similar but not exact. I would say it's a combination of both view A and B.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I read them for the purpose of this review and yes they are easy to follow and understand.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Cute dresses with roomy pockets for little girls are hard to come by. Here is the dress inside out so you can see how roomy the pockets are.
It is Tutti Frutti - a poly/cotton blend from Joann's. The pink I made the binding from is also a poly/cotton blend called Symphony Broadcloth from Joann's. The main fabric has sprinkles on it so I am calling this the Sprinkle Dress Here is a close up of the bodice Prior to cutting out the pattern I laid the buttons on the different stripes to see where they looked best. I thought they looked best on the red line so I made that the center of the bodice. The buttons are very old. Had them in my button box forever. If I lived remotely close to a Hancock's or Joann's I would've gone to look for cupcake or ice cream cone buttons. They would've looked cute with sprinkle fabric. However, the blue buttons do pop so well. They have a domed top with a textured surface just like the top of a blue moon ice cream cone! Little cupcake or ice cream cone buttons probably would've gotten lost on the busy design of the fabric anyway.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My GD is tall and skinny. She is 42 lbs. and 48" tall. Her measurements are the size XS in circumference but her height falls almost to the size M. So I made the dress in size XS but added 1 inch to the bodice length. I used the length of the size M for length of the skirt and only hemmed it an inch. Looking at the dress on my GD I wouldn't have needed to add the inch to the bodice and I could've increased the hem size.
The pattern instructions has you sew on the binding around the bottom edge of the bodice as a final step. I sewed it on before inserting the zipper so that the ends of the binding would be sewn into the back. In addition, the stitching lines from sewing on the binding are hidden by the lining instead of on top of the lining. Inside view of the bodice before stitching it closed Before sewing I ironed on a strip of interfacing to the center of the bodice. I knew I would be sewing on the buttons before closing up the lining. Adding a strip of interfacing would give the fabric some strength so the buttons wouldn't weaken the fabric and come off too easily. If you look close you can see that Tutti Frutti fabric is puckery. Well ironing on the interfacing took away the puckers on the fabric where the iron had to be held down. I really don't think it's something that many people will even notice though. I sewed on the buttons and then hand stitched closed the pink lining along each side of the zipper and along the bodice's bottom edge. Because the buttons were sewn on first the bodice lining looks and feels smooth. Bodice lining after it has been stitched closed I did the same on the doll dress bodice but her dress opens all the way down and closes with velcro strips. The doll's pockets are not really pockets It's just binding sewed on to give the appearance of pockets so her dress would match my granddaughters dress. My GD and her doll modeling their dresses and here are just the dresses
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely would recommend it! However, I probably won't be sewing it again as I have sooo many patterns I am hoping to make for my darling little GD!
Without binding this dress would be so easy for any beginner sewer to handle. And as you can see by the pattern photo, the dress can be made casual or fancy.