Well, I finished the second dress this past weekend; and yesterday, both dresses were taken to the post office to make their way to Ken and Uma.
Here is my review that will somehow manage to get on PatternReview.
Sundress with short pants from Sewing for Baby.
In the book, it goes from small (0-3 months) up to xl (9-12 months.) I made the medium (3-6 months.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The results match the drawings inside the book pretty well.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were pretty easy to follow. There is really only one instance where I wish there was a bit more detail, and that was for the hemming of the skirt of the dress. All it says is to hem the dress, but not by how much. While this may differ from child to child, a ballpark figure would have been nice for when making these things as gifts for a child sight unseen.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that this pattern has a lot of possibilities and is pretty easy to put together, despite my being a novice. The results are pretty cute.
I was surprised that the casings for the short pants weren’t turned under more, rather than just zig-zagged and sewn down. I guess since the child will only be in the things for a few months, the thought is that this will be enough for the task.
The green is a Robert Kaufman cotton and the pink is a Debbie Mumms cotton, both from Joann’s.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a rolled hem on the skirt, for lack of instruction and needing to practice that anyway when I start making shirts.
To attach the skirt to the bodice, I sewed the skirt to the outside layer of the bodice, and then topstitched the bodice around the skirt to catch the bodice facing (not always successfully. I went back and handstitched the inside of the bodice to keep the thing from fraying as it gets washed.)
I also edgestitched all of the openings on the bodice in an effort to stabilize the edges and make it come out better in the wash.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?:
I would definitely sew it again. It went together pretty quickly with good results. Anyone should be able to sew this.