Using E’s measurements I decided on the 3T bodice. I appreciate that there are only two pages to print for this pattern. You print one page for the bodice and one for the sleeves (I used the elbow length option). The skirt and pocket dimensions are given so you can cut the appropriate sized rectangles. I used the 3T pocket size and cut the skirt panels at 18×40 inches. This added some length and quite a bit of fullness to the recommended size.
When I decided to make this dress I realized that I have few cuts of fabric bigger than a yard. In the past I’ve bought a yard when I saw an interesting fabric but had no immediate plans for use. I think I’ll need to start buying longer cuts now. This dress took about 1.5 yards and is fabric from my grandmother. She probably bought it 20+ years ago to be the backing of a quilt. It is decidedly stiff (perhaps crisp sounds nicer?) which is usually not great for clothes but fit this dress nicely. I love the vintage feel to this pattern and the fun lines. The little triangles at the neck are especially lovely and unique, as are the large at-hem pockets.
The dress went together quite well and I enjoyed the process. The directions for the pattern are quite detailed. So detailed, in fact, that I often was second guessing myself. As in, I’m just supposed to be sewing the shoulder seams together, right?? I did appreciate the clear directions for the sleeves, as I’d never put sleeves in a lined bodice before.
I really like the fullness of the skirt and the bodice fits well. E really liked the pockets but was sad that they’re low enough on the dress that she has to hike the dress up a bit to get her hands in them very far.
The shape of this dress really inspired E to dance around. And I’m not sure if it’s because of the extra width to the skirt or if I should have lengthened the bodice and/or skirt, but when E moves around the skirt tends to fly way up and show her underwear. Luckily this dress looks equally appropriate on its own for a fancy look or paired with leggings and a sweater for preschool. It even works for gardening, as E helped me with the flower beds.
I look forward to trying this pattern again in the coming years.
And now, to get ready for Kid’s Clothes Week. I did some shopping (new needles, wooly nylon thread, and some lovely knits). Now it’s time to make some decisions and get cutting so that starting on Monday I’m ready to put in my hour a day. Anyone else have some last minute preparations this weekend?