Super excited to take part in this blog tour! (I know, I know, I say that everytime.. But I AM excited every time! :P)
It’s always pretty cool when I’m part of a tour featuring some of my favourite pattern designers and bloggers! ^^^
Welcome to my stop on the Uptown/Downtown pattern tour! This is a great little dress from Terri of Sew Straight Patterns and the blog Sew Straight and Gather.
It’s a super quick sew! Even for me! ♥ that!
You might notice that the dress isn’t hemmed. I wanted to check the length before hemming it too much so I had her try it on but she loved the dress so much she wouldn’t take it off! So I got the pics done right away while she was still in such a good mood.
I love the shape of this dress. The way it is cut it has such a nice swing and drape.
I made a few small modifications to the pattern. The pattern gives instructions for lining the top or to use bias binding. I didn’t have any knit that somewhat coordinated for the lining and I didn’t want to use up too much of my precious fabric so I just turned the edges under. I staystitched at the seam allowance and then used my stitch line to turn under and topstitched it in place.
The other modification I did was to grade between sizes. Silly Bean is a skinny but kind of tall 4 year old. Her chest measurements fell in the size 3 and her height is closer to the size 5. Since she has broad shoulders, I cut the shoulders at the size 4 line then graded the width starting under the armpits from the 4 to the 3. So I ended up using the 4 length with a 3 width.
I wish I had more photos to share, but most of the ones I got are of her just running around since she was excited about this dress and so they’re mostly blurry or she has funny looks on her face.
The pattern has different sleeve lengths so it will make for a nice a fall dress as well. The only downside, it doesn’t come in baby sizes, which means I’ll probably need to wait at least another year to make one for Baby V.
- Sizes 2 to 10
- Charts include: child’s measurements, fabric requirements, pattern cutting layout, bias tape cut chart
- Can print in layers so you can print just the size you want
- Tutorial includes full colour pictures and illustrations
- Can be sleeveless or have cap sleeves or 3/4 sleeves
- Instructions to make the dress reversible or have a lace overlay are also included
- Tips for sewing with knits!
- FAST sew! It was so much fun to surprise Silly Bean with a completed dress in the morning.
- Great beginner pattern!
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Project #2 for the stash busting challenge!
The Love Home fabric hadn’t been in my stash for too long though. Since it’s approx 60″ wide I used just a tiny bit really. I get to make some more lovely items with it!
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