This adorable blue dress accented with rick rack just jumped off the page when I was flipping through the pattern book. It looks like there were several stylish options so I picked up the pattern.
I wanted to match the dress displayed in view B exactly so I even picked up the lightweight denim shown. With yards of rick rack in tow, I began to cut and sew. The lightweight denim, while really cute in this application, frays like crazy. You can see from the bodice below, I’ve barely laid out the rick rack and it’s already fraying. All the rick rack work would have been made much easier with the addition of Wonder Tape – why didn’t I discover this stuff sooner?!
The bodice, by far, was the most complex part of this pattern to figure out. I don’t believe you need the front and back facing for this dress – it’s got plenty of structure with just the bodice front and back x2. As you can see this led me to some small sewing calamities because I was paying attention to the other side of the piece. Don’t worry, it was all hidden when I sewed on the second front and back bodice pieces.
As you can see, when I continued to work with the piece – more fraying!
After figuring out the bodice, the skirt was a snap! Just more rick rack and a few panels. There is a lining with tulle and admittedly, I just made the lining with no tulle. The dress has enough volume without the tulle and the lining could probably be omitted as well.
I finished off with a center back zipper (rather than the lapped one recommended) button holes for the straps and a clip on flower from JoAnn’s – pretty darn close to the picture AND Caroline approves.
Little’s girl’s sundress bodice and trim variations
Pattern Sizing & Selection
AA 1/2, 1, 2, and 3. I made size 3.
Finished Product As Advertised?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty basic instructions, not too difficult to follow. For the life of me I still can’t figure out why the top of the bodice needed to be reinforced with a front and back facing. I think it could have gone together with just the bodice front and back with lining.
As this pattern calls for not only a zipper, but two button holes as well, I have to rate this a solid medium on the difficulty scale – I don’t think a beginner could tackle it without a bit of help.
The extra layers of fabric in the bodice along with the fraying made it difficult to put the zipper in so I switched to a center back zipper rather than a lapped zipper construction. I also omitted the tulle and probably could have omitted the lining as well.