Hey there, readers, Chris here with a review of Violette Field Threads’ Alice Dress and Top.
The Alice pattern comes in sizes 2T to 10 years and features a plain or princess-seamed bodice, a halter neckline, handkerchief hem skirt, and optional pockets. I would consider Alice to be a beginner-level pattern; in my opinion, the most difficult step is folding the hem for the the higher points of the handkerchief skirt.
I love a cute, strappy summer dress, and this one definitely fits the bill! Miss E always complains about halters that knot at her neck, but luckily, there’s a simple modification tutorial on the Violette Field Threads website with a cross back strap hack that is perfect for my picky girl!
Whenever I try out a new pattern, I do a quick muslin of the bodice so I can work out any alterations I might need to do. This time, the size 7 fit perfectly across her empire waist, but the sides of her chest were just a bit too bare for this mama. I added a small amount to the curve and am happy with the slight change in coverage - I don’t feel it changed the overall look too much.
The only change I might make in the future is the size of the pockets. Miss E is spoiled by the size of the pockets on her June dress, and she complained that these weren’t big enough for treasures. It would be incredibly easy to increase them, though!
There’s still plenty of warm weather here in the northern hemisphere, and I’d imagine our friends on the opposite side of the planet are dreaming of summer just about now, so it’s the perfect time to grab the Alice Dress and Top for everyone!