Hi! Rachel here again, this time with a review of the Elise dress from My Childhood Treasures. It was a fun sew and a great pattern, and Miss P would like me to tell you that this is one of the coolest dresses I’ve ever made for her. As soon as she saw the cover photo for the pattern, she said “that would PERFECT for Elsa!” Like many of us, I had no idea that Frozen fever would last this long - so long, in fact, that Miss P has outgrown the first set of Elsa-inspired items that I made for her when the movie was released. And then released on DVD. And then Frozen Fever the movie short. (You get the idea.) Anyway, she’s been asking for some new Frozen items and I recently got some of the new licensed knits from Springs Creative (via Peekaboo Fabric Shop) so this was a perfect fit all around.
I opted for long sleeves since we’re headed toward chilly weather here, and I used the size chart and my girl’s measurements to pick a straight size 4. I often add length since she’s nearly 46” tall, but this looked plenty roomy and long so I left it as it is drafted. You can see from the pics that the skirt is a little shorter than intended by the pattern, so it could have benefited from a little extra length. Ah, next time. (And there will be a next time, as P has already requested an Anna-inspired version. Of course.)
The pattern is straightforward and well-written, and is easy to follow. The only tricky portion of the pattern is stitching the sweetheart neckline of the bodice to the front yoke. If you’ve sewn a knit sleeve in the flat then you’ve had experience easing curves into each other, and this is the same principle. Just go nice and slow and pin, pin, pin. I pressed and topstitched to keep those seams flat, and they held their shape and curve nicely.
The skirt is not a full circle so it isn’t a huge fabric hog, but still has plenty of twirl and great drape. And since the entire pattern is drafted for stretch knits, soft and comfy to wear. This is a great pattern for character-inspired gear, and is also adorable in “regular” knits. The fabric selection will be the toughest part! What will you make first??
Until next time,