Pattern Review

Pattern Review: Girls California Dress

I shared the details on my California dress last week, and today I’m back with N’s Girls California dress (affiliate link).

Creative Counselor: Girls California Dress


First of all, she loves this dress.  She’s been begging me for maxi dresses, or as she says, “dresses that go allllllll the way down to here! (pointing at her feet)”  This dress fit her bill because it was (1) long, (2) soft, (3) cinched in at the waist, (4) sleeveless, and (5) had lots of flowers.

Creative Counselor: Girls California Dress

The fabric for this dress was also from the Raspberry Creek club line, which I think is perfect for kids clothing.  It really is some of the softest cotton/lycra I’ve worked with, and N loves wearing it.

For her dress, I also nixed the halter back, and used the front piece for the back as well, just raising the scoop neck a bit.  That also meant I couldn’t use the included bands, so I measured my own using the “stretch and feel” method.  Works every time!

Creative Counselor: Girls California Dress

Nothing terribly earth-shattering to say.  I did use the elastic casing on N’s dress because she decidedly does NOT like her dresses loose through the middle.  I made her a couple like that earlier in the spring and she flat-out refuses to wear them.  Inserting elastic is still on my to-do list for those.

Creative Counselor: Girls California Dress

But this dress got two big thumbs up from her! (Or a pirouette, which is basically her version of a thumbs up).

Pattern: Girls California Dress (affiliate link) by EYMM

Price: $9.95

Size: 4

Difficulty:  Beginner.

Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, hemming knits, attaching bands, working with elastic.

Similar Patterns:  Oh goodness, so many I don’t think I can list them.  This is a very basic knit dress, and any tee or tank pattern could easily be lengthened to get the same look.

Fabric:  Club line floral from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, which is a cotton/lycra blend.

Fit:  Great.  This dress checks all of N’s boxes and she loves it.  That’s a nice change for me!

Modifications: Used the same piece for front and back to have the scoop on both sides.

Pattern format: PDF.


  • Quick, easy sew.
  • Fit was good straight out of the envelope.  I adjusted the length to her taste, but that’s it.
  • Plenty of options.  I knew N would dislike the halter as much as I would, so I eliminated it.  But it would be just as easy to do the halter on front and back.


  • Like with the women’s, the dress as drafted is a little schizophrenic.  I didn’t care for the different front and back, but I know many will like the options.

Overall Grade: B-.  Cute, quick and comfortable dress.

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern free of charge for a blog tour.

0 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Girls California Dress

    1. They are my first stop for cotton/lycra, French Terry and rayon challis. Really good quality at competitive prices. Their rayon challis is some of the nicest I’ve worked with.

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