Admittedly, I’m a beginning sewer. I’ve had a few classes, I’ve sewing a few projects, I’ve even put together a few things from patterns. But I haven’t really gotten into the pattern sewing yet. I was attracted to this pattern because, well, it’s adorable! And doesn’t my niece Caroline need another sun dress?! We only have a two seasons here in Texas: Hot and Super Hot. So I decided to add to her collection.
Layout is easy – there’s plenty of fabric here if you wanted to do a lining or sew a matching item.
The only part of the dress where I had any trouble was inserting the neck band. I just couldn’t see how it was supposed to fit together. Luckily my mother, a much more experienced sewer, was there to rescue me! Once she had it pinned I could see how it would fold out and come together, but I was seriously NOT seeing it from the directions provided!!
Once I was past that difficult part, it was smooth sailing. The nice part was, even if you have a few struggles with the stitching on the neck band, it’s no problem because the trim covers a multitude of sins! Buttons in the back instead of a zipper make for an easier finish to this dress. Overall, this is acute dress that can be made in a few hours even if you are a beginning sewer. The sizing was pretty true – I made a 4 and Caroline is wearing mostly 3’s right now so this has a bit of room for her to grow into. The puffed sleeves and daisy trim really add sweet touches to this sun dress. Most importantly of all, it received the approval of Caroline!
The best surprise was Heather spotted a very similar dress in Mini Boden a day after I finished this dress! I love the funky take on classic styles that Boden offers for adults and their mini collection is just adorable. Imagine my surprise that I was able to create a really similar dress for far less than the $44 Boden version!
Little’s girl’s sundress/long top with optional hat and pants
Pattern Sizing & Selection
A 3,4,5,6,7,8 – I made view A, size 4
Finished Product As Advertised?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Aside from the neck band everything is easy to follow. Be patient with that part of the pattern – it tough to get!
This pattern worked great as-is. There’s really not much you could change, it’s so simple.
Plain cotton, though this pattern is easy enough to make in many fabrics. But I think cotton suits it best for hot weather.