Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Surprise Dress testing/review

So happy to have had the opportunity to test for new designer Sofilantjes!!  This is a wonderful first pattern from Annemieke and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

Pattern Name: Summer Surprise Dress/Tunic/Top
Designer:  Sofilantjes

Pattern Description:  The dress is a a-line above knee length dress/tunic suitable for stretch fabrics 
like knit, jersey and even sweat fabric as long as it has a good stretch. The neck, back and arm band can be made of a good stretching jersey in a contrasting color. Use more or the same color for the bow if you like.

Pattern cost: $9.00 - on sale through 5/25/14 for 30% off. 

Pattern Sizing: 6 months - 6 years "normal" and 12 months - 6 years "skinny"

Size Made: 12 month Skinny 

Model's Measurements: height-32", chest-18 1/2", waist-17 1/2", hips-20"

Did it look like the photo/drawing advertised once you were done sewing with it?  Yes!  

Dealing with the pattern:  Different than what I am used to as far as the pattern lines, but easy to put together. You can pretty much put the front and the back together seperately instead of one giant sheet.  This is a plus :-)

Level of difficulty:  Easy!!  It would be a great first knit project for a beginner or a quick sew for a more advanced sewer. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.  The instructions are adequate without being overly wordy. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the pleat detail on the front and the bow in the back. Perfect details on such a simple sew. I don't particularly like the way the binding is finished in the shoulder seam - I used an alternate method. 

Fabric Used:  cotton jersey and cotton interlock binding

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I made tunic length and used an alternate method in the neck binding. 

Would you sew it again?  I will!  I'd love to make some into top length. 

 Would you recommend it to others?  Highly recommended

Conclusion:  I love that there is both a regular width and a skinny version. My child generally ends up in tiny sizes but this skinny variation is perfect!

Notes for next time:  Use a twin needle (or stretch with a single needle and long stitch length) on the neckline top stitching; with the farthest needle hitting a full 1/4" away from the binding edge. 
Also use these pics for bow attachment. 

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