Pattern Description: Children's Tops, Skirt, Leggings and Arm Warmers (matching doll outfit is Simplicity 1711 read my review here)
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 3-6 I made according to the packaging I should have made a 3. I cut out a size 4 after measuring the pattern paper, which was a little big for my daughter but I want the outfit to fit for a year.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat. I also made some changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Fairly. Some areas had to be reread but were not too difficult to figure out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern except the sleeves. They are way too roomy! I didn't like the button on the back of the shirt but I changed that.
Fabric Used: Shirt and leggings are made from Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersey Knit from Fabric.com. Skirt is made from 65% polyester/35% cotton white eyelet (from Fabric.com) and Shiny Nylon Tulle (from Joann).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a butterfly applique. I followed the instructions for shirt version B but I cut out a butterfly shape. I used the image of the fabric and took it into photoshop and made a custom shape of the butterfly pattern. I then made a butterfly, using the custom shape I made, the size I wanted and printed it out. This became my pattern for the butterfly. And the butterfly is the same shape as the butterflies on the fabric.
I made the shirt without the button. I had to enlarge the neck line to fit my daughter's head through. I used one of her t-shirts as a guide. After sewing the shoulder seams I checked by putting it on her. I had to cut a little from the front. When I cut out the neck band I added several inches to the length to accommodate the changed to the neckline. I sewed on the neckband differently than it asked me too since I didn't want to do all the slipstiching, although that makes a it a cleaner finish. I instead stitched it on then turned in the seam allowance and pressed then top-stitched catching the seam allowance. Then I trimmed down the seam allowance to the top-stitching. This was easier and looks nice still.
I also added long sleeves and the short sleeves. I cut out the short sleeves for version B and the long sleeves for version D. You have to make sure you use the larger width sleeve for the short sleeves and the lesser width for the long sleeves. For the doll clothes I accidentally did it the other way around and would have ended up with a puffy long sleeve and a slim short sleeve which would have been a disaster but I caught it early on and had just enough fabric to cut out new sleeves.
The tricky part was when sewing in the sleeves and doing the side seam. I basted on the short sleeves and then sewed through all layer when adding the long sleeve. I then sewed the short sleeve side seam and then the long sleeve and shirt side seams.
The skirt called for scalloped lace but for some reason I could not find pink scallop lace any where and my daughter wanted pink lace. I was going to use the pink lace over the white eyelet, but then changed it to white eyelet over pink tulle. For the tulle I cut out 8 of them instead of 2. I sewed four of them together and then the other four together. I then gathered the two layers together and basted it to the eyelet. This added more fullness to the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I would alter the sleeves. They are so big! I would also make the neck of the shirt the same way. I like how it came out. I think I want to try the skirt in lace. The skirt I made is really nice but looks out of place with the leggings and shirt.
Conclusion: Great pattern and not as hard as you would think to make it.