As some of you who have been fans of my page might know I love to make this dress! I thought I might do a pattern review as I have made it so many times.
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate. But if you are confident in gathering I would say beginner. This is a very easy pattern to master!
Sizes: 18 months to 6 years. I will continue to make this for my daughter until she is six as I love the pattern so much.
Instructions: Step by step with full colour photos throughout. There was never a point where I was confused as to what to do next as the instructions covered everything. There wasn’t any highly technical sewing jargon that I needed to google.
Pattern tricky bits: Australians used to using metric will need to sit down & convert the measurements before you start. I worked my way through the instructions & used my iPhone app to convert all the measurements. The pattern doesn’t really call for overlocking but I did it on all seams to keep them all under control.
Pattern Price: $12.50 (Can be purchased here)
Cost for materials: $27-$36 for high quality quilters fabric. I tend to mix up my dresses with a high quality quilters fabric for the main fabric and a more basic spotty poplin for the bottom ruffle and the straps. This makes it cheaper as the bottom ruffle takes up a lot of fabric. Your could make the entire dress from a cotton poplin fabric though or even use an assortment of scrap fabric from your own stash. You could have a different fabric for every tier if you like. Really it is up to you & your current supply levels as to how much the material will cost for this dress. Please see the fabric & material requirements below.
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Sewing Machine & Overlocker
- 1/4″ Elastic (60cms approx)
Resale Conditions: This dress once made up can be resold!!! But only in limited quantities and please credit Create Kids Couture as the pattern designer.
Why I love the pattern: because it is easy & quick to make! It sits so well once made & looks delightful on. My daughter loves it as it is twirly & girly. Because of all of the gathering mistakes can be concealed easily. Also due to the twirly ruffly nature of the dress I don’t iron them when they come out of the wash as it looks fine! This is a big thumbs up as I find most 100% quilters cotton garments need to be ironed after they have been washed as they crinkle easily.
Here are the dresses I have made for my daughter:
I highly recommend this pattern as I love it so much!
If you have made this dress please share a link to it or post a photo on my page as I would love to see yours.