I'm loving patterns by this company & designer. The patterns I've done thus far are easy, instructions are clear and are size accurate.
When my children were little and I made them clothes, it was always hit and miss if an item would fit properly when finished, despite frequent fittings.
Too bad this pattern company wasn't around then!
I love the bell shape of this dress and the curve of the bodice.
I made it in a size 18-24 months. The only thing that was time consuming was making the piping. That's not news.
I serged all of the inside seams and the bell shape stayed in tact. The stitch length on the serger was set at 2.
Because the fabric pattern was busy, I didn't top stitch on the skirt part, just the bodice.
I love the hem facing. When I sewed for my children back in the dark ages, hem facings were unheard of. Well, at least I never heard of them.
Next time around with this pattern, I won't select a fabric that needs to be lined up. You'd think after making a zillion outfits over the years, it would have occurred to me that a fabric with obvious diagonals/design/checks/plaid needs to be lined up. Apparently, that whole rule eluded me until I started to cut it out and realized things were askew! The bell shape of the dress didn't help either, but I think is looks okay.
I have some beige linen in my stash that I would like to use the next time I make this dress. Maybe put some redwork stitching on the skirt part, red piping and red top stitching.