Hi readers! I'm Ellen and I'm a self taught sewer and I try to fit in sewing whenever I can! I have a blog ellzabelle and an etsy shop with the same name. I am lucky to have a 6 year old daughter and 7 year old son to sew for. I specialize in custom bandana skirt sets for little cowgirls.
I jumped at the chance to review this ADORABLE long sleeve colorblock dress. I knew my daughter would love it and it was perfectly my style of simple, modern, and sweet. I'm not the ruffle/lots of stuff happening kind of girl. This pattern is definitely my style and is wonderful!
Some info about the pattern:
- 45 pages long (24 pages are pattern pieces to print and piece together).
- Includes 2 options- dress or top with peplum.
- Uses fleece or interlock fabric-STRETCH! An entire page with helpful hints for sewing with stretch fabrics (wonderful for me since I'm very intimidated with knits).
- Sized 2-10 and includes sizing charts, fabric yardage charts, and ribbon yardage charts.
- Instructions are very clear and include a photo in EVERY step! THANK YOU!!
- I would rate this as beginner and it took a few hours over two nights to complete.
- Fit was great. Didn't have time to prewash so made a 6 for my very petite just turned 6 year old. Sleeves long and very roomy but expecting it to shrink a bit when washed.
I made this pattern with fleece (can also be made with light to medium weight washable interlock and jersey knit). It's my first time sewing with fleece and it was very easy. I tend to avoid knits when possible, but loved the fleece. I do not have a serger and it was still easy!
My daughter just turned 6 last week and we had a cheetah party so I knew the blue cheetah fleece from Hobby Lobby would be the winner!
As soon as my daughter put the dress on she said "it's SO cozy!" Instant hit and I know it will be a go to dress this fall and winter.
It is also a great twirling dress!
That is very important to a little girl!
I love, love, love the collar. It is a rectangle that gets folded down and has a sweet ribbon detail. I looked for a gray velvet ribbon but couldn't find it, so I settled on a grosgrain with white edges. Next time I will do the velvet like the pattern photos.
The only problem I ran into when sewing this dress was that I cut the collar pattern piece the wrong direction on the fabric. This meant that my collar had no stretch and would not fit onto the neck opening. Thankfully I had just enough fabric left to cut again with the stretch the correct direction. *PAY ATTENTION TO THE PATTERN PIECE LAYOUT so the stretch is correct. That was my only hiccup.
Ribbon detail on sleeve and skirt.
You can choose to finish the hems or leave unsewn since it's fleece, but I finished them.
Just like being wrapped in a blanket! A very STYLISH blanket!
Next time I will try the top with peplum that she can wear with jeans or leggings. Can't wait!
I highly recommend this pattern for fall/winter. I have not seen many cute and easy dresses for this time of year and am thrilled that I now have this pattern to use (and use till she's 10!). This was my first pattern by My Childhood Treasures, but I'm sure it won't be my last! I think this dress would look adorable in an ombre- three shades of fleece, going from dark to light, in one color. I want to make my next dress like on the pattern:
Loving the gray and pink combo.