After a friend asked me to make one of these dresses for her daughter, I bought this pattern from Little Lizard King. I thought maybe I could wing the pattern myself, but sizing always makes me nervous. So I talked myself into buying a pattern. I liked the look of this finished dress better than some of the other apron knot dress patterns on Etsy but I was a little nervous buying a pattern cold turkey.
But I was pleasantly surprised. The pattern was very thorough and had lots of pictures illustrating each step. I think traditional pattern companies could take a lesson from these modern PDF pattern makers.
The dress went together really well. I used French seams throughout. Next time I think I will forgo the French seam to attach the skirt. It's just a little bulky. I don't like having raw seams visible though, so I would lengthen the bodice lining so I could just iron the raw edge under and hand sew it down to cover and finish that seam.
The only issue I had was with the buttonhole foot on my machine. It kept coming up against the bulk of the skirt seam and getting stuck. I know my sister loves that foot, but dang, I just never seem to get it right. No problem though. In the end I decided to just hand finish the button holes with a bit of embroidery floss I had lying around. I really like the way it looks and after the frustration with the buttonhole foot it was nice to just slow down a little and do some handwork.
I happened into JoAnn's $1 Simplicity pattern sale this weekend so I picked up a baby dress pattern with bloomers (among other patterns! One dollar is a STEAL!!). Here is where my frustration really comes in. After using the PDF pattern, the standard pattern was a real downgrade. I am so spoiled by the photo heavy on-line patterns and tutorials. And it seemed like their sizing was WAY off. Twenty-two inches of elastic for the waist of an 18 month pair of bloomers?? Um, no. I cut it down to about 18" but even so the bloomers look large. I guess we will wait and see if they fit and go from there.
This dress is a special order for a friend but I think I be making more. I'm thinking a Christmas dress for the Bug is in order. Though Little Lizzard has a new pattern coming, The Little Princess Ruffle Dress, that is speaking to me. I can just see all those ruffles in silk duponini some other such luxurious fabric. So we shall see. A girl can never have too many cute dresses, right?