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|Kari Me Away: Color Me Happy (Color Me Happy) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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|Reviewed by:||Martha R|
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|Posted on:||8/25/13 5:29 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This girls dress is from the book Sewing with Whimsy by Kari Mecca. It is a puffed sleeve dress with faux wrap bodice, gathered skirt, bias trim and rick rack. |
Pattern Sizing: Girls sizes 2 - 6. I sewed a size 4.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, although I omitted the flowers and beading.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were good. This particular view of the dress is a variation of the puffed sleeve dress so the main instructions were written for the regular dress with the alternate instructions several pages later in the book. The fabric and trim needed was noted in the book and the layout and pattern pieces were on pull-out paper.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the classic style of the dress yet it's updated with the faux bodice wrap. Depending on the fabric chosen, this dress could be tailored or whimsical.
I like that the dress has french seams on the sleeve underarm and skirt side seams and lining on the bodice to encase the skirt at the waist so no raw edges there. I changed how the hemband was attached to the skirt bottom to eliminate raw edges and I added bias binding to the sleeves where they adjoin the lining.
I didn't like the amount of fabric and rick rack at some places. The sleeve bands were sewn onto seven layers of fabric plus the thick rick rack: the main sleeve piece, the two cut faux wrap sleeve pieces with lining, the bias trim and then rick rack. The same thing happened where the wrap bodice met the skirt when I sewed it on. It is just too much fabric.
Fabric Used: Quilting cottons and cotton lawn for lining. I also used about five yards of rick rack and made the five yards of striped bias strips.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The bodice was lengthened one inch and I shortened the very long 60" belt tie to 30". I also didn't add the flowers or beading. I also changed up the hemband and encased the skirt bottom so no raw edge to seam finish. There are no raw or overlocked edges anywhere on this dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may sew this version again because I have a new great niece but I have several years yet to decide. If I do, I would eliminate the rick rack and the lining on the faux wrap pieces and sew them down onto the bodice underneath which would mean only five layers of fabric. There is also a sleeveless version without the faux wrap and I can see that in plaid silk for a pretty Christmas dress.
Conclusion: I enjoyed sewing this dress for my great niece. It wasn't a fast project as there were multiple layers of cutting and stitching, lots of gathering, basting, then ripping out basting and gathering stiches and lots of glue to hold the rick rack in place so it wouldn't shift when I sewed it to the bias strips. It was pretty involved but a very satisfying project.
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