|Pattern Description: Child's long halter top with handkerchief hem and elastic back, coordinating capri pants with a flat front and elastic back waist, and a purse.|
Pattern Sizing:Size A, 3-8
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, and in some respects, better.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Layout and instructions were hazardous. The pattern has a lot of pieces, some cut on the bias. Because I used 3 different fabrics, layout required serious advance planning and careful attention. I did make a mistake and had to recut a piece. Since I always purchase a little extra fabric, I had enough to cover my error. In some steps, the instructions required rereading several times, and in one place, some sample tryouts were necessary to figure out how to accomplish the task. Especially on the pants, I ignored the instructions, using other techniques to construct them and add the back elastic.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Once assembed, this is an adorable outfit. Instructions could use serious editing.
Fabric Used:Cotton prints in compatible colors.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:This outfit was made for a tall, very slender child, size 8 in height, a very modified size 3 in width. I took it apart and refitted it 3 times. click here I changed the sewing line on the neck pieces from a simple curve/ reverse curve, to a more graceful S/reverse S curve. I added a tiny flower button through both sides of the neckline crossing to keep it from gaping. The original purse construction would have resulted in a flimsy, 2 layer, open cotton scrap bag. click here I beefed it up with batting and quilting, and added a magnetic snap fastener.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is such a unique outfit, I would not sew the entire ensemble again. The pants and bag might be worth a second round. I would replace the self-made bows with purchased ribbon, or eliminate them entirely. I would only recommend this to advanced sewers. In fact, I purchased the pattern from a neighbor who commented that it was too difficult for her.
Conclusion: Unique and charming, but difficult. Entirely worth a little girl's smiles when she twirls in it.