Well, Cassie has once again knocked it out of the park with the Kailua Town dress from Little Lizard King. This sweet little dress has a knit bodice and a woven skirt, but it can also be made completely out of knit too. The bodice has a nice curve to it and it creates a little hi-lo hem on the skirt. The thing that really sets this one apart from the other knit/woven dresses is the bodice construction and the skirt options. The bodice is fully lined which eliminates the need for a neckband. It also features cuffs, whether you pick the long sleeve or the short sleeve. Having the cuffs means not having to hem the sleeves! For the skirt, I chose to do a hem band, but this dress also includes an option for a fun little ruffled bubble effect or a hemmed edge.
As far as construction goes, I did not have any issues. The pieces all fit together perfectly. I did have a slight issue when I was attaching the bodice to the skirt. I think my serger went into the seam and it caused it to bubble out a little on the bodice. Not the end of the world and I can easily fix it with some top stitching. Make sure you measure before you cut and sew. My daughter either had a little growth spurt while I was making it, or it runs a tad small. It didn’t help that the knit I decided to use was super heavy and didn’t have a ton of stretch, so the added layer in the bodice made it a little tighter than it would have been if I had used a standard weight knit. Overall, it is a wonderful pattern and it is puddle jumping approved!!
Additional views by Jo and Nicole.