Girls' flared dress with off-center front cascading flounce, neck band, and back neck slit opening.
Girls' 8-14. I made size 12 - a size bigger than my niece's current measurement. Can't check the fit yet - we live in different countries and she hasn't gotten the dress yet. But the dress came out B-I-G! Even I could fit into it. I'm not sure if it's the typical over-generous ease that people complain about the Big 4 patterns or if it's my choice of stretch fabrics at fault.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes-ish. I added view A top's sleeves to the view E dress.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. But I did my own thing because of the changes I made and the fabric I used.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern photo & the line drawing look sweet. But I'm a bit meh about my result. I think my fabric choice wasn't the best for this design.
1. Shell: Black & pink floral print mesh knit from Joann in the USA.
2. Underlining: Cerise 4 way Stretch Soft Touch Lycra Jersey from Tissu Fabrics, UK.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made view E, but added view A sleeve. I had to underline my fabric because the shell fabric is see-through. But I decided to treat the bodice area as two separate layers to preserve the fluidity of the mesh fabric. This complicated the making of the dress.
I also chose to finish the seam and hems differently from the pattern instruction - again to suit my particular fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably wouldn't sew it again as I don't know if my niece would wear anything I make her. But I would recommend it to others. It's a sweet dress for little girls and young tweens.
Worth making for a sweet girl! Just make sure you check the sizing first and choose a floaty or drapy light-weight woven fabric. Avoid anything too see-through!