I’m a bit late getting this one up, but I got together with some sewing friends to surprise a special person with a tour of her patterns! Melissa from Sew Like My Mom has a great set of children’s sewing patterns out and we just wanted to do something to show her how much we love her!
I sewed up the Busy Lizzy Dress in this pretty aqua Joel Dewberry fabric. Grace was excited to choose from the shelf of fabrics and it’s been a while since I have sewn with quilting cotton, so this was a fun choice! The pattern references that you can also use a knit and I’ve been on such a knit kick, I think that would be great, too! The dress is a cute, A-line shape, but has this nice inverted pleat at the center front neckline, giving the pattern a unique touch!
The puff sleeves are adorable and I love the contrast that you can add with bias tape around the neckline, sleeves, and hem.
I sewed a size 5T, which is actually rather large on Grace, but I had dedicated a specific afternoon to get the dress done, and I didn’t have Grace home to measure when I cut. I think the bodice fits pretty good, with room to grow, but I might cut some of the length off and re-apply bias tape to the hem. I like my girls’ dresses on the shorter side while they’re still young.
The back of the dress closes with a simple loop and button. The instructions for the dress assembly, as well as making your own bias tape, are straightforward and pretty simple. It’s a 2-3 hour project, including cutting and making the bias tape.