Girl’s Summer Dress
While perusing the pattern books, there are so many adorable clothing patterns for girls (poor boys…). The benefit of kids clothes is that they don’t require as much tailoring in the hips/butt/chest regions as is necessary for those of us who were blessed with curves.
So, to escalate my sewing escapades, I chose a McCall’s pattern for a girl’s summer dress, and my niece selected the D version, the sleeved dress without skirt pleats. My niece also selected the fabric, which is a rather interesting type of fabric. The selection of fabrics from this collection is very bright and colorful, but the fabric itself has this strange beveled quality to it and feels thin but stiff. After washing the fabric, it did feel softer. I also noticed that when you press the fabric, the bevels flatten out which can be a good or bad thing, depending on whether you were intending to do that.
I used a contrast color (from the yellow fat quarter) for the waistband instead of the main fabric. I also omitted the flower after my attempt to make it resulted in a hot mess of both pointy and curved petals. I added lining to the skirt portion and skipped some of the top stitching in the bodice.
Fun things I learned while making this dress.
1. Read the back of the pattern envelope. All of it. I neglected to do so and it required a return trip to Jo-Ann’s to pick up the contrast color and a zipper, and a second return visit to pick up a cotton lining. I suppose the purpose of listing all the fabric and notions needed in one handy place is so that you only need to make ONE trip to the store.
2. Read the directions. All of it and in order. I have a horrible tendency to skim directions rather than read them thoroughly. I made the mistake of adding on the liner at the beginning…only to realize I was supposed to add it at Step 6 or so. Yeah, I had to rip seams and start over.
3. Don’t drink and sew. I don’t think this one needs much explanation. You know that test where you make people walk in a straight line to test their sobriety? Well, that’s what my seams looked like.
The skirt length ended up being shorter than I liked, given that I know she’s probably going to hit a growth spurt soon. If I use this pattern again, I’d definitely add a couple inches to the length, just to extend the life of the dress as she grows. Of course, this is assuming the dress doesn’t fall apart by then!