The dress was easy to put together, it's fully lined, and it fits nicely. I will probably make it again- the Princess likes the version with the ruffles on the bodice and the tulle peeking out from the skirt. My only pet peeve with it is that it's drafted very short. I cut a size ten with size 14 length and I was only able to make a 5/8" hem in the outer skirt. I'd prefer a deeper hem, so if I do make it again, I'll add several inches of length to the skirt.
The sun was very bright outside when we took the photos. The fabric actually has lots of nice color in it:
The bow is just pinned on. I plan to attach it with a large safety pin. I figure it will be easier to wash/dry/press if the bow is detachable, and she can wear the dress without the bow if she chooses.
Here's a a shot of the hem. The seersucker has a narrow hem, and the eyelet lace is atached to the bottom of the skirt lining. I used white broadcloth for the lining.
I am very pleased with this little dress and quite happy with McCall's right now because of it. They have some cute patterns for kids, but I sometimes find their patterns to be too fiddly and frustrating to make according to their intructions. Fortunately, this little dress is not one of those.
In other sewing news, BS 08-2010-140 is finished, also. Hem, sleeves, everything.
We're having a little cold spell here right now, so I might get to wear this before putting it away for fall. I'm just happy to have it done!
Butterick 5558 is one of the newer patterns released this spring. Something about this little dress intrigues me, so I'm going to give it a try. I plan to slap a muslin together this afternoon, and if it looks promising, I think I'm going to make the final dress up in coral linen (skirt) and seersucker (bodice.)
So how about you? Have you experienced that happy finished feeling lately?