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|Ottobre Design Magazine: 04-2013-14 (Princess Castle Dress) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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Knit jersey cross-front tunic and dress with contrast color bindings and contrast pocket/waistband area. This dress was one cover side of the 4/2013 Ottobre Design magazine.
Line Drawing of Pattern #14
This is my second review of this pattern so I can now say after looking at all sizes of this and adjusting it that this pattern is designed with quite a bit (several inches) of design ease in the waistband. I didn't like this in the first one reviewed as my DD is tall and slender so it just looks sloppy, but it works. This time around I adjusted 1" out of the waist, and it's still floaty but a lot better. I would say sizing on this is spot-on (chest, shoulder, height) per measurements however know that the waist is drafted with lots of design ease and adjust if desired.
The length of the dress was a little short for my DD however I used size 128, and she's 129.5 cm tall (51") so I expected to adjust for this somewhat. I added 1 1/8" to the length and used a 5/8" hem (they allowed for 2 cm so I took a slightly smaller one).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy, very to the point and well done. I would point out that there are actually two places the contrast fabric is used for this design - in the pocket piece itself and the waistband. The instructions didn't mention this, but the magazine write-up did.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Cute, cute cute! I love the contrast pockets with the waistband, and the binding really makes this look RTW.
- Simple to put together
- Neckline perfect for kids - not too low or too high.
- Pattern drafted with too much design ease in the waist.
A 95/5 cotton/lycra jersey knit from JoAnn Fabrics for the main fabric and for the contrast, a cotton jersey blend from Girl Charlee for the binding.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- To adjust the waist ease, I took 1/2" out of the center front and center back (so 1" total) which meant I had to adjust all pieces except for the sleeve and pocket. I originally had it adjusted to take out a total of 2" but DD protested (it still was loose however so I think it would have been great) so I changed my adjustements to 1". Note because I took 1/2" off the center of the skirt, I added this 1/2" back to the outer edge (from pocket down, 1/4" on each side) so I didn't loose the fullness of the skirt which DD loved in the first one.
- I added 1 1/8" to the length of the dress since my DD is tall for her age.
- I stabilized the shoulder seam with stay tape applied to the wrong side of the back shoulder seam.
- I chose to handle sewing on the binding a bit differently than Ottobre. I sewed the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the garment and then flipped it over, folding under the seam allowance and then doing a narrow coverstitch from the top/right side. This looked so nice however it meant that I had to take the time to press the binding so all the folds were ready to go, and I had to make it 1 5/8" wide to accomodate this. It was a little time consuming but well worth it in terms of how it looked when finished.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I love this pattern and have sewn it twice and will make it again, probably with the long sleeves or tunic. I still would like to take more out of the waist however if DD even felt it touch her waist at all she would scream so maybe Ottobre knows kids better than I do! LOL! I would highly recommend this pattern - great for fashion loving little girls!
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