It’s all about the kiddos this week!
It’s the Daddy-Daughter dance at school tonight, and the girl requested a new dress for the occasion. She was in my fabric room last week and pulled out a galaxy print jersey (that I got aaaages ago from Girl Charlee) as the perfect fabric for her dress. And lo and behold, I had cut a dress for her out of that exact fabric about a year ago!
It was fate.
I sewed it up last weekend and voila, a new dress for her first school dance with her daddy!
When it comes down to it, my daughter likes fairly simple styling, so I went with a basic short sleeved swing dress for her. The pattern has options for a cowl, a hood, and an asymmetrical collar, but I knew that ultimately she would prefer a basic banded neckline.
I put inseam pockets in this dress but I really don’t like them. Not because I don’t like pockets but because they are constantly turning out, as you can see in most of these photos. The next time I make this dress, I will skip the inseam pockets and use a patch pocket if she insists on pockets.
This is size 4T with a little added length. It’s pretty loose on her, which I expected since she is a very slender child. But it’s lucky that I cut it big since I waited a year to sew it up — this way she can still get a decent amount of wear out of it.
Not much else to say, really. This is a nice, simple little swing dress. It sews up fast, fits well and has lots of options. I will definitely break it out again for summer!
Pattern: Li’l LDT affiliate link) from Love Notions.
Techniques Required: Working with knits, attaching a waistband, hemming a curved hem.
- Multiple lengths.
- High-low hem option.
- Multiple sleeve lengths.
- Several neckline options
- Lightweight knit fabric
- Matching thread
Fabric: This is a simple cotton jersey that I picked up ages ago from Girl Charlee. They are sold out :/
Fit: Really good. I have a slender kid, but the fit is great on her. She loves loose, flowy dresses like this.
Pattern format: PDF only. Tami does a great job giving you print charts to reduce the number of pages to print and the PDF is layered.
- Lots of options and variations available.
- Good basic pattern for a tee dress.
- Easy construction — this is a tee dress, nothing fancy.
- Great swish factor.
- The inseam pockets are constantly flipping out. It annoys me more than her, but it really annoys me.
- Curved hems on a swing dresses like this are a PITA to hem.
Overall Grade: B+. Love Notions does a great job with basics, and this is no exception. Solid drafting and construction and lots of options.