|Pattern Description: From the designer's listing "The Blondie was one of the biggest sellers on my Dock of the Bay line, and rightfully so. There aren't many designs that scream throw-back to the day, sweet, summery and girly quite like a round yoke. Add in some rick-rack and a big-ole button, and man...you've got yourself a winner. This pdf includes a pattern for the Blondie as a dress AND as a top."|
Pattern Sizing:12-18 months, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-7
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with the exception of the armscye finish.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, but I will discuss serious changes that I made and would make in the future in the next section.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like--it is a cute top.
Dislike--sadly, many things.
1. The pattern, as written does NOT encase the bodice into the yoke. Instead, it leaves a very unsightly raw edge. I took the time to do the math and figure out where to sew/not sew to encase the bodice. It is not a hard procedure and make a MUCH nicer end product.
2. NO GRAIN LINES on the pattern pieces! The round yoke is made of two pieces and the process of cutting the fabric was made longer since I had to figure out where the grain would be. I was disappointed that the designer did not include grain lines nor a suggested pattern layout to aid in the process.
3. Speaking of things not included in the pattern---there is no sizing guide. You are on your own to guess what size you think will fit. My experience with this patter--it runs on the larger size. My child wears a size 3/4 in most clothing and patterns. The 2/3 is plenty big on her!
4. The armscyes: Admittedly, this is personal preference, but I am not a fan of just sandwiching the fabric in double sided bias tape. It never lays completely flat. So, instead, I used a more traditional arm finish (sewing the single fold bias and flipping into the inside of the garment).
5. The closure: Don't let that button fool you--it is NOT how the garment closes. It is just for looks as the pattern designer admits in her pattern that "buttonholes make me sweat." Instead, she creates a very primitive "placket" (and even she admits to using the term "loosely" in her pattern) to close the back. Unfortunately, if you follow her instructions, you end up with a gaping hole in the back of the top. Foolishly, I cut my fabric before reading through--but I was able to close the hole by adding extra loops and buttons.
Fabric Used:Blue and white seersucker
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I changed the armscye finish (as mentioned previously)
2. I encased the bodice into the yoke and eliminated all raw edges (also used French Seams for the body)
3. I did not do it this time, but if I sew this again, I will NOT create the "placket" in the back, but will make the yoke one continuous piece and have a functioning button/buttonhole. Even sew in snaps would look better!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?If I do, I will only use the pattern pieces for a guide and will change the construction as described above. Would I recommend it? Not as written. There are other round yoke patterns out there that are better written and constructed.
Conclusion: After making many modifications, the end result is a really cute top. However, since there are so many round yoke patterns on the market, there is no need to settle for one that requires so much additional work. More photos on my craft blog