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This adorable vintage inspired, double collared, A-line little number is perfect in its simplicity. Simple it may be - but boring it is NOT! With options for double collar, single collar, no collar, short sleeves, long sleeves, or sleeveless, AND a dress or tunic length - you could be sewing variations of this dress for quite a while without ever getting bored. Oh, and did I mention that the pattern can be made using either Knit or Woven fabric - seriously this pattern is perfect for everyone!!!
I made both a Woven, long sleeve, double collar tunic; and a Knit, long sleeve, single collar dress. I love them both so much, and the fact that they don't look like the same pattern makes me excited to make more and more.
My baby girl was not super thrilled about mama trying to make her do two consecutive photo sessions. I will probably style the red dress with white tights and black mary janes when she wears this dress for real; but for the sake of cooperation, I left her in jeans and boots (it still looks cute this way).
*For my knit version, I omitted the lining - this take a little finagling with the construction, but it made it a very quick sew (about 35 minutes to sew up this version).
The Low Down:
Skill Level ~ Beginner (it does require a set in sleeve for the sleeved version, but the instructions are great and the method is easy to follow)
Instructions ~ Detailed step by step instructions guide you through every part of constructing this garment. The photos to match each step are clear and easy to understand. *The instruction also have you do your prep work all at once and then tell you exactly where you need to jump to for each variation within the pattern - no guesswork or random 'scroll and search' here.
Printing ~ The Pattern Prints on 12 pages in B&W. (* I prefer B&W because I have B&W printer - if you are someone who prefers color to distinguish your line - here is a tip. Take a highlighter or colored marker and trace the size you need in that color prior to cutting (or tracing).)
Size Range ~ 12m-12y, all sizes are nested.
Time to Sew ~ this really depends on the options you choose but I would say 1-2 hours. Once you make one, the second is much faster - and I suspect the third will be even quicker....
The Pattern Includes fabric requirements, size chart based on child's measurements, cutting diagrams, and plenty of colored photographs to show all the variation.
This garment has a bodice lining which gives such a clean finish on the collar and back opening.
Hayley of Mouse House Creations has given so much though to all of the details of this pattern and I can't wait to see what she is going to bring us next!
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