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|Ellie Inspired: Texas Rose Shirtdress (Texas Rose Shirtdress) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Posted on:||9/15/13 8:00 AM |
|Last Updated:||9/15/13 8:02 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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"...Includes pattern pieces for a dress with long or short sleeves, a tunic with long or short sleeves, and ruffle pants. It comes in sizes 1-16. The belt and front ruffles are optional as well as the button tabs on the cuffs."
1 to 16. I sewed a straight size 4 for my 4 year old based on her measurements, and it fit beautifully.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were clear and concise. Unlike many PDF patterns, they include illustrations instead of photos. They are more similar the big 4 instructions instead of the "typical" PDF style.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the fit. I loved the lack of overly-wordy instructions that many PDF patterns seemed to have. I love the amount of details in the pattern--there are cute cuff tabs and two layers in the skirt and belt loops and a sash. My favorite is the sweet little ruffles down the front.
There are enough details to make this really cute, but not so many that it would be time-prohibitive to make this again (though it does take several hours to make)
This isn't a dislike, but I do want to mention that the skirt tiers are on top of each other. So you gather and attach one layer to the bodice, then gather and attach the other. This could cause some bulk in the waist. With the drop waist and the fabric I used, I think this actually worked in my favor. I normally don't like drop-waists, but think this dress has a very pleasing shape.
Cream quilting cotton with dark green scissors that I purchased for myself from Ben Franklin fabrics about 5 years ago. I realized that it was much better suited to my daughter's coloring than mine!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make any changes. I did decide to use contrasting green broadcloth to make some of the details pop, and used contrasting topstitching on the sash and button tabs. I also made covered buttons for the first time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew this again. The fit is so good and the pattern pieces were well drafted. I think the collar matched up more easily than any other collar I've sewn.
I do recommend it. This pattern is rated intermediate and I think that's appropriate. The instructions are clear, but they are concise and the amount of details may be better if you've sewn a pattern before.
The result is super cute and the pattern is very well drafted. This is one of my favorite garments I've made to date.
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