Guess what? I love vintage. There, I said it, although I’ve said it many times before. If you have ever been to my home you will see I have vintage things here and there, in my kitchen, in my sewing room, even in my closet. Needless to say it’s an understatement to say I like vintage patterns. Yup, I adore them! As you can guess, I pretty much stalked for this pattern release.
Let me introduce you to Miss Polly! No that isn’t the child in the photo, Miss Polly is that cute A-line dress my adorable daughter is wearing. This is a very cool retro inspired frock with plenty of detail by Sew Pony Vintage. It features a large apron pocket perfect for storing numerous treasures, piping detail with a create your own tutorial, 4 sleeve lengths (sleeveless, cap, ¾, and long sleeves), accent shoulder tabs or no, and an invisible zipper. The tutorial walks you along with no issues. I would say this is an intermediate pattern as you have to be comfortable with piping (although you could make it without) and with installing a zipper. Due to the attention to detail, Miss Polly is not a nap time pattern either, but well worth the effort for sure.
My little miss fit perfectly into the size 18mo. I made my dress out of denim with a fun and bright accent cotton, and well the photos speak for themselves. The result is just beautiful! I just love the accent shoulder flaps too. Now a word to the wise, if you don’t want to hand sew the front lining to the main dress, make sure you serge or finish the main bodice/pocket seam prior to sewing up the sides. Makes life a little easier, I promise. As you can tell I love the pattern. The only thing I will change next time though besides serging that seam prior (I try to avoid hand sewing where possible), would be to also just use a 7” zipper. I didn’t have an invisible zipper on hand so I used one I had which worked fine. I did find that the back lining extended beyond the bottom of the zipper when using a 5” zipper as suggested. This made it a little difficult to finish the lining as written, for me anyways. Using a slightly longer zipper would solve this though and make the back lay just a tad better. I love easy fixes!
Doesn’t that kerchief look just perfect with the dress? It really completed the look and was such a fast easy sew. It’s a free tutorial too. Now this is an older tutorial but I have some inside information that a new and improved one is in the works! This should hold you over till the new one is published though. Just head on over the Whimsy Couture blog to get it!
The look of Miss Polly is not something that is really out there in the PDF world. Vintage is so in though, and this dress is truly perfect for all my fellow vintage inspired pattern lovers. I would definitely sew this again! Plus with all the options, it’s perfect for any time of the year!
-Rebekah from Rebekah Sews