I was chosen to test a pattern for a new to me PDF pattern designer, The Eli Monster.
This is the Feestje Dress, a fun, full party dress with a bit of a retro vibe.
The Bug's chest measurement put her in a size 6 bodice and her height in a size 7 so we mashed up the two. It was hard, knowing that I usually purchase size 8's for her in ready to wear and often sew 8's as well. But I'm glad we stuck to the measurement charts. This bodice fits with just enough ease that she can get it on comfortably and not so much that it gaps under her arms.
It has a very full, gathered skirt that is right above knee length. She is wearing a petticoat underneath to add some volume in these photos.
One of the really unique features of this dress is the collar and the accent piece. While the Bug doesn't like that part (there truly is no accounting for taste, is there?), it's really what makes this dress special and different.
The finishings in this pattern are nice. I like that she uses an invisible zipper closure and not buttons. (Even though I stink at making invisible zippers invisible, I think it still looks nicer)
The seam that attaches the skirt to the bodice is encased in bias tape and the bodice itself is fully lined so there are no exposed seams there. The only seams that are exposed are the skirt side seams and those would be super easy to make french seams if you wanted.
I didn't have any issues printing or assembling the pattern. The pattern is not layered, which I would have preferred but it's not a deal breaker for me. Dimensions are given for the rectangular pieces which saves some work (and ink) when assembling the pattern.
The size range of this pattern is pretty good. You get size 6 month through size 12 all in one pattern so you could have party dresses for years to come!
The instructions are given alongside clear photographs of the process. Sometimes photos can be a little harder to follow than diagrams, but these are clear and really help guide you through if you are a visual person.
The layout and design of the pattern is pretty standard of PDF patterns.
This is listed as an intermediate level pattern and I think that's a fair gauge of difficulty. While not a tough sew there are some things (like the invisible zip) that you need to have a bit of experience under your belt to feel comfortable with.
And now for my secret...
This fun circle print fabric used to be my drapes. When we moved into our house they didn't really work but I loved the print so I saved them. I think it's such a great print to make this retro dress a bit more modern.