A lot of girl’s dresses repeat the same essential design over and over. But this one had a square neckline, pleated smock and interesting sleeves. I thought it would make cute school blouses and I could get creative using different materials for bodice and smock.
- It sews like a standard girls dress.
- You can use up remnants as I did.
- The small bodice lends itself well to bits of frippery and all of those odd buttons you have stashed.
- I didn’t include the sleeves so you can make a summer tank also, though it is not shown as an option on the pattern envelope.
- The back is a little tricky. Make a practice muslin of the tiny bodice only and think about how you want to do your back. I didn’t follow the pattern instructions. The pattern instructs you to tack the two together side by side but I thought the back was too wide for my daughter. I overlapped the back pieces, tacked them together and then got creative in attaching the back smock.
Some Assembly Required:
I did construct the bodice as instructed but did not attach at side seams. Those I left open so I could do flat assembly for the back and front smock.
In attaching the back smock I had to deal with the overlapped facings. I notched into the portions that were to lie inside the bodice so I could create an unbroken line of stitching. I wish I could draw this out for you but it surpasses my abilities on Paint, the MS program I use.
Denim for the bodice, purloined from the ill-destined denim dress Simplicity 2929, and leftover bits of quilting fabric for the smock. The buttons were from a terrific haul of vintage buttons at the local thrift.
I think I will cut down the bodice to a size four even though my daughter is five years old. Children’s patterns seem oversized and she won’t wear something that falls off her shoulders. If I cut a size smaller I will have the option to overlap or to tack and close with a tie. Also I could play around with having the closure in front.
Will I Sew it Again:
Definitely. My daughter especially admires the little number in gingham on the pattern photo. Also I think it is a great pattern to use up remnants. The blouse takes such a small amount of fabric.
Advice to Others:
Take a gander at the back closure before cutting into the fashion fabric. If your daughter is a hard fit for some reason do a simple test drive in plain fabric to see if the square neckline hits her appropriately.
Overall Style Grade: A
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