I’m very pleased with the first dress from the pattern I drafted the other night.
I had to cut off about 3″ in length…don’t know how I thought my 3 yo was that tall! Even now, it still comes just past mid-calf on her, so I think I will shorten in a bit more next time.
It’s also a little tight when she is putting it on, so I’m going to deepen the armhole just a bit. The chest is perfect once it’s on, it is just the getting there.
Other than those pattern corrections, I will be praticing my tight turn stitching. A close look reveals that the tabs are not uniform. In fact, out of four, only one looked good when I turned the dress right side out and then I mucked it up during top-stitching due to SWT. Sewing With Toddler. My 13 mo had gotten up a bit early from his nap, but I really wanted to finish the topstitching. Of course, he wouldn’t consent to being entertained by one of his four older siblings, but had to stand on his slightly unsteady legs and pull on my arm while I sewed.
Maybe easier to see here:
It’s good enough for a first-off dress and S. loves it.
Other things to work on or change: I need to clip corners more tightly, there is too much puckering in spots and I’m not thrilled with the button closures. I just know her hair will get caught in them. I have a snap thingie…not a press, but the kind you use a hammer with. If I make bunches more of these (remember, I have 3 daughters), a real snap press would be well worth the expense.
I’m also toying with the idea of making some to sell…it’s hard to find cute and modest little girl dresses nowadays. I’ll have to make a few more before I decide.
Thanks for looking!