|Kwik Sew: 3500 (Toddlers Dresses) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Posted on:||6/25/13 11:48 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Available for sale on PR: $11.49 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Sleeveless Toddler dress with gathered skirt.
1T - 4T. I made a size 3T as that fit the little flower girl perfectly, but lengthened both the bodice and the skirt as she was taller than the pattern provided. (She would be a size 5 in height.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, mostly. I made a modification for the overskirt which resulted in a slightly different look.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the sweet and simple look of the dress and it was very easy to pull together.
Polyester duchess satin lined with cotton batiste for comfort. The overskirt is sparkly tulle left over from making a bridal veil as is the lace on the waistband.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made two signficant changes to the pattern.
First, I changed the zipper to an invisible zip. I am not the best at top-stitching zippers and I really wanted this to look neat from the back.
Second, instead of using a doubled layer of tulle and changed the overskirt to be attached to a separate waistband instead of sewn to the bodice.
To make the waistband, I added a piece of fabric the width of the front bodice piece and sewed it to the two ties, making one long sash. I cut two pieces of the tulle, sewing each separately up the back to make the skirts. I used my serger to do a rolled hem at the bottom, cutting out the crystals before my serger got to them. Then I put one tulle skirt inside the other, gathered both pieces together and sewed them to the waistband and topstitched the waistband down. I attached the lace by hand. I could have doubled the tulle like the instructions suggested, but I didn't care for the look.
Separating the tulle skirts from the base dress allowed the flower girl the freedom to remove them for the reception and dance. We did have to use safety pins to keep the waistband from sliding down the skirt as she walked. That worked well and still allowed it to be removed for the dance.
Close-up of waistband
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do recommend this though I personally will probably not sew this again unless I need to make another flower girl dress. I also made a wearable muslin in a cotton seersucker to test the girl's measurements that came out very sweet and comfy for the little one.
This was a nice, easy pattern to make and turned out very sweet. I am glad that I made the muslin before I made the actual dress as it gave me a chance to see the original zipper would not work for the duchess satin and let me figure out how to do the tulle overskirts.
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