Toddler and child costume princess dresses Pattern Sizing:
Made 2 dresses in view C for 3 year old twin girls (size 3). I made 2 identical dresses except for the colors.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes with few design modifications (see below)
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I just glanced at them since this involved basic construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the volume in this princess dress. My friend (these were for her daughters) was complaining that she could not find decent princess costumes for Halloween. She wanted lots of volume with faerie like feel to it that was relatively well made. Once I saw this pattern, I knew view C would be perfect. And it was.
But the volume does come at the cost of lots of cutting and gathering (tulle is very tightly gathered). Not complicated, just busy work.
Fabric Used: Satin brocade for bodice, lining and underskirt. 3 shades of Tulle for the overskirt layers. All materials purchased at JoAnn's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not make any alterations to the pattern or construction (the sizing is pretty spot on). My changes very design related:
1. Omitted the belt. It was too wide. Also, did not want to have extra layer of clothing for a child costume.
2. Added trim to bottom of underskirt, neck, sleeves and waist seam.
3. Added trim in a lattice pattern to bodice front. Just make sure to add before starting garment construction. Learned this the hard way.
Recommendation: For Tulle overskirt grade the colors from light to dark, with the darkest color on the bottom layer. I made the purple dress first and I had the colors going the other way and I feel the bottom layer is too light.....almost looks non-existent
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
Conclusion: Overall, I'm very pleased with the outcome. Also my friend tells me the girls continue to wear their princess dresses all the time, way past Halloween. Can't ask for more.