|Pattern Description: Baby bodysuits have sleeve cuffs and leg bands from ribbing and snap closure at crotch. View C (which I made) has gathered skirt from contrast fabric.|
Pattern Sizing:XS-XL, Newborn to 12-18 mo.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, except I used the same fabric as the skirt instead of a contrast for the collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Sort of. But the calling the pattern a Kwik Sew is certainly a misnomer. Anything but quick.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the final look, and the ease of wear for the mother who will put it on her daughter. It used ribbing for the sleeve and leg bands, but ribbing is not sold where I live, so I cut it from the fashion fabric on the cross grain, but had to cut it again, as there wasn't enough stretch in the cotton interlock on the first pieces I cut. Also on the skirt attachment, they had you attach some clear elastic to the waist to stabilize it. That didn't work at at all. I tried that 3 times, but quartering the elastic and pulling while you stitched on the edge was useless. The fabric curled like crazy and the elastic would not stay on the edge, and with 1/4" seams that is very important. I finally eliminated that step and attached the skirt to the bodice without the elastic and it was fine. I did like that I learned there was a new tool out there to attach snaps, The Snap Setter. There are 6 snaps on this and 30 years ago when I was making my own kids clothes, you used a pliers looking tool, or a hammer. This worked so much easier! Here is a picture of the dress back:
Fabric Used:I used a fushia cotton interlock for the body and a cotton madras for the skirt, collar and back placket.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Other than eliminating the clear elastic and making my own ribbing, none.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I doubt I will sew it again, but who knows.
Conclusion: I think the outcome is cute and a little retro. It would be cute with some embellishment, and probably the tops and bottoms would be easier than the dress. But I don't think I will make this dress again.