This week I had the pleasure of sewing the Daydreams pattern by My Treasured Heirlooms. Daydreams is a traditional sundress pattern, but as you can see, I made my version tunic length, and the designer has graciously made a free measurement chart for anyone else who wants to get more mileage out of their Daydreams dress pattern. You can find it HERE.
One of the things that always impresses me about Annastasia's patterns is that no matter how simple the design is, the finish details are always top notch. I've sewn plenty of similar sundresses, but not one of them included darts, interfacing, or whipstitched linings like the Daydreams pattern. To me, these finishes are a sign of quality and that the designer really knows her stuff.
The Daydreams pattern offers a free smocking plate (I opted out, but smocking is on my bucket list). It also includes a simple gathered waist which you can see above, offset with piping along the bottom edge of the bodice. I made my own piping for the perfect match.
The pattern includes excellent instructions for sewing an invisible zipper. If this garment had been for my own child who has some sensory issues, I would have included it rather than shirring. Since it was for a friend's child who is at the age of asserting independence, but is still lacking the fine motor skills to tackle a back zip on her own, I chose the shirring option for her.
I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who likes a classic sundress design but prefers more upscale finishing options. I didn't have any difficulties, and I'm excited to make my next one with the zipper!