I am trying not to buy any new patterns but one Sunday morning, browsing sewing blogs in pyjamas was a dangerous time. Seriously, there should have been a huge flashing sign and wailing siren as I hopped from one sewing site to another and ended up at Go To Patterns. Then, losing my mind temporarily, I allowed Little I to choose a PDF dress pattern and clicked "buy". It doesn't seem like spending money but it is....and she chose the Little Bow Pleat dress by Melly Sews.
I have to say despite kicking myself for falling off the No-Spend-Frugal wagon, I do love this pattern. It is super easy to sew and creates a lovely dress. It is sized 18 months to 8 years so I am fully expecting to make it again in a smaller size for RG.
The final dress is A line, with a standup collar, slightly puffed sleeves, centre front pleat and self fabric big bow. I mean what's not to love here? I just wish I was almost six years old so I could wear it. I also imagine this is what my sewing friend Scruffybadger would wear if she too were almost six.
I made it from bright pink cotton with orange polka dots bought from Clothkits. I used a discount offer so I had the fabric for £4 per metre and used about 1.50 metres. The dress has a thrifted red zip in the back (20p).
The most tricky bits to sew were the sleeve bands as they are so small that they are quite fiddly. If I make it smaller I may omit them as I found them so fiddly, or try sewing them on before sewing up the sleeve. Would that work?
fiddly sleeve band
I think it could look great in a jersey knit as it would drape so well.