I recently had the pleasure of pattern testing Amelie and Atticus' new Clementine Dress. I love a Peter Pan collar on a small person and it's the sort of dress that can grow with the child - it will become a top rather than a frock as Curious Miss gets taller.
It was quite a straight forward make when I finally got the front and back sitting properly. This was purely operator error - I managed to stitch the left and right together the wrong way around so the side seam was meeting the back seam - grr! Because I sew all my clothing using the overlocker, unpicking it was not a lot of fun. Moral to the story: don't sew when tired! I added two rows of ric rac and finished the bottom hem with bias binding - I found just the right colour of ric rac at work and it sets it off beautifully.
My daughter is 4½ so I made the Size 4; it's a little big but she will grow into it. It would have been great to have the measurements for each size included in the pattern but with a pattern such as this one, it doesn't matter if it's a little big as I mentioned. The other thing I would change next time I make it is to fully line it rather than just adding a facing; if you stitch the collar in carefully it would then become a completely reversible dress.
I cut the fabric very carefully so used a lot less fabric than the pattern suggests, however you would certainly need more if you used a directional fabric.
Amelie and Atticus is having a stitch-a-long this week; check out her website for the details and jump right in! This is a great pattern for confident beginners; Curious Miss loves it and I'll certainly be making more of them.
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