|Pattern Description: CHILDREN'S AND GIRLS' TOPS, DRESSES, SHORTS AND PANTS: A-line tops A, D, dresses B, C, E have front and back casing and strap; top A, dresses B, C have round straps; top D, dress E have straps that tie on left side; Dress B has patch pockets; dress C has contrast hem band; dresses B, C, E length is 3: below mid-knee; pull-on shorts F have patch pockets, elastic waist casing, side slits, gathers and self-band; pull-on pants G have elastic waist casing and patch pockets, length is 3" below mid-knee. |
Pattern Sizing: CCE (Sizes 3-4-5-6); CHJ (Sizes 7-8-10-12-14). I made this Summer dress, View C, in a Size 6 for my great niece.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, just like it.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They are well written.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern gives you a lot of options for a girls lSummer wardrobe. I liked making something really easy. It was a nice break. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Tutti Fruitti Collection (65% Polyester/35% Cotton) purchased in January 2011 from Jo-Ann's. This dress was made with the leftover fabric from this Summer dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations to the pattern. However, I did make a do a couple steps differently.
Armhole Binding - Instead of doing a narrow hem, I opted to add bias binding in a coordinating color.
1. Trim 1/4" from the edge of the armholes.
2. Press one side of single-fold bias binding flat.
3. With right sides together, attach the flattened edge of the binding to the armhole with a 3/8" seam.
4. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4".
5. Clip curves and then wrap binding to the inside of the armhole, pinning it in place.
6. Topstitch the binding in place. You may want to hand stitch the binding in place before topstitching to get the pins out of the way.
Hem Band- Instead of slipstitching the hem band to the inside along the seamline, I topstitched it in place.
1. When you get to Step 24, instead of slipstiching the band in place, pin it in place so the top edge just covers the row of stitching where you attached the band to the dress.
2. Hand baste the hem band in place. This will help to keep the band aligned in the next step.
3. On the outside, topstitch the band close to the edge. I used my edge joining foot so I could guide the paddle along the edge of the seam as I was topstitching. I was able to position the needle exactly where I needed it by using a right needle position with some slight adjustment.
4. Once you are done, you will see that the hand basting helped to ensure both sides met evenly. There will be a nice, even row of stitching on both the RS and the WS if you prepared the band properly.
Side Seams - The side seams are straight so I finished them with a French seam.
Because of all the above finishing choices, the inside of the garment has a very clean look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'd like to make some of the other items that are included in the pattern.
Conclusion: Super easy dress. Try this pattern for an easy Summer wardrope for any young girl.