Monday, May 23, 2016

Two Skirts

I made a couple of skirts.  One I am very happy with but the other is just ok.   Nothing exciting to talk about here in my intro, so on to the review.   I'm brain dead at the moment.  We are in the last week and half of school and the kids have gone bonkers.

Pattern Description:  Simplicity 8019, a vintage 70's reprint.  The pattern is a front gored, buttoned skirt in four different lengths.  My first version is the turquoise linen skirt.  My second, which I am much happier with, is the printed rayon midi length skirt.

Pattern Sizing:  The pattern offers sizes 6-24.  I made kind of a mix of sizes 16-18.  I cut the pattern as a size 16 but when I held up the waistband piece, I realized that a size 16 waistband was not going to fit me where I wanted the skirt to sit.  This must be designed to sit right on the natural waist.  I wanted my skirt to sit lower, so I cut an 18 waistband and then sewed slightly smaller seam allowances at the top of of my skirt pieces so the waistband would fit. I'm not sure that was the best decision as the skirt would probably be a lot more flattering if it sat at my natural waist.  I think it messes with the proportion a little bit.  I think this is why I don't love the turquoise version.  

Fabric Used:  Turquoise linen/rayon blend for skirt one.  Ditsy rayon challis print for skirt two.  I think this skirt pattern lends itself to all types of fabric.

Alterations/Deviations:  Other than the waistband issue I mentioned above, I made no other changes to the turquoise skirt.  The length is the shortest length offered.  Not as short as it looks on the envelope, but remember my skirt sits lower on my waist.  When I made the rayon skirt, I was worried the waistband would be too flimsy (even interfaced).  So I added elastic to the back waistband which I am patting myself on the back for.  It keeps the skirt sitting where I want it to and takes care of some fit issues I have with the first version.  If I make this again, I will definitely do the same thing again.  I just sewed the waistband on and inserted elastic in the back half, stitching it at the side seams.  I only pulled the elastic slightly.  Just enough to give the back waistband a little bit of tension.  It's smooth when it's on.  The rayon version originally began as a maxi but I think I'm kind of over maxi skirts here lately.  I kept shortening it (three times!) until I ended up with a length I liked.  Well, I guess I like it.  There is something frumpy about it in photos but I think it looks better in real life.  It's flips and swishes around when I walk and it's fun to sit and cross your legs in with the button band split at the bottom.  It's only a couple of inches longer than the turquoise skirt.  It sits just below my knees.

Likes/Dislikes:  I like the flared shape and button front.  I do have some fit issues with the linen version.  I think those wrinkles in the back have something to do with sewing the seams with smaller seam allowances.  Or I need a sway back adjustment.  I also do not like how the front of my linen skirt wrinkles.   It's pretty unflattering and makes the button band stick out.  I know I have a little belly there but I think the button band sticking out accentuates it even more (see below!).   I don't feel that way in the rayon version.  Anyway, I'm letting the turquoise skirt sit in the closet for a while to see if I grow to love it later.  The rayon one has already been worn multiple times.

Conclusion:  Nice little skirt pattern.  I would like to make it again in a longer midi length (mid calf). I actually have some black tencel fabric that would be perfect.  And who couldn't use a good black skirt.  I'll add it to the queue!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Finally Finished Object

Well, here it is.  Not my longest running ufo (that would be my partial Nicola dress that still hangs in my sewing room) but close.  I started this dress at the end of November last year and just finally called it finished this past weekend.  I'm still not sold on the maxi length but I'm leaving it for now.  I figure I'll put this dress away now that summer is almost here and then see what I think about it when it cools down again.  It's already too hot for long sleeves anyway.

Pattern Description:  McCalls 7242.  Misses button down shirt dress with elastic waist and a mandarin collar.  There are length and sleeve variations.  I was drawn to the 70's vibe of the maxi with the long blouse-y sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22.  I cut a straight size 14 out of laziness.  Actually, I did a lot of things out of laziness on this dress and I can tell.  I think I definitely needed a 16 in the waist and hip.  And maybe even the shoulder.  But the fit is decent.  This is not a pattern with an obscene amount of ease like you find sometimes in Big 4 patterns.  The skirt is pretty slim, which is nice.

Fabric Used:  I used a fabulous Cotton and Steel rayon poplin.  It is seriously nice stuff.  But it is on the more expensive side of the fabric I buy.  I had to buy five(!) yards of it to make this dress.   I really did need all that yardage, too.  So this actually ended up being kind of a pricey dress.  I think that's why I'm a little bummed that it didn't turn out as fantastic as I was hoping it would be.  The rayon poplin doesn't have the same soft drape that rayon challis has.   It's drape-y but it's also crisp, if that makes sense.   I think rayon challis might have been a better choice.

I bought the pattern when it first came out but didn't make it right away because of the yardage required.  Then I saw this version by Lisa g. and this one by Sew Busy Lizzy.  I was sold.  I browsed around online and bought the Cotton and Steel rayon because I was making this for a special event- my school wide art show at the beginning of December.  When the fabric arrived, I had exactly one week to sew up my dress.  I finished everything but the collar and the finishing and lost all steam.  Sewing under a deadline is never a good idea for me.  I didn't finish it in time for my art show and so it sat on my dress form for several months.  I'm not sure why I didn't pick it right back up after the show.  Anyway, months later I forced myself to finish it.  I sewed that damn collar five times (re-cutting it one time) before I got those curved front edges to match.  Then I screwed up the button holes and had to fix a few by hand (they don't look good up close).  And I also couldn't decide on a hem length.  I almost chopped it to knee length but I decided to leave it as a maxi for now.  It seems like a lot of fabric with the length and the long sleeves but I'll see how I feel later.

Alterations/Deviations:   After reading Lisa's post, I narrowed the front facing and top stitched it down.  I also shortened the sleeves two inches at the shorten/lengthen line.  I liked the big blouse-y sleeves but I wanted to be able to wear this to work and not dip my sleeves in paint.  I think shortening them was a smart idea.  They are still pretty big but don't billow over my hands or anything.  Other than that, no other changes.  The length of the maxi is per the pattern.  I could use another inch or two. I can only wear this with the flattest of shoes.  Nothing with a heel or it looks too short.  If you are on the taller side, you may want to add some length.

Likes/Dislikes:  I have some fit issues but I do like the way the collar sits.  However, if there is a photo that illustrates my need for a square shoulder adjustment, it's this one below. That diagonal pulling goes all the way to my shoulders.  I can feel it.  I think a square shoulder adjustment (adding to the shoulder seam) would solve that.  And a size up would probably help, too.  I like the way the elastic waist casing is sewn as well.  It's done with a larger seam allowance.  You have to read the instructions carefully.

Conclusion:  I'd love to try this again, sleeveless for summer.  In fact, I may just do that.  I have a soft rayon challis in stash that would be perfect.  If I make this again, I will definitely do a square shoulder and raise the armscye to match.  I would also go up a size in the waist and hip and add length.  I think despite my needing a few changes that this is a pretty good pattern.  I'm glad I finally finished it!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More Shirts!

I made more shirts!  Can you believe it?  I made two, although one is a success and one not so much.  After my shirt making adventure recently, I was pretty sure I would take a good long break from sewing collared shirts.  But I received so much good advice from everyone in the comment section that I decided to have another go.

Pattern Description:   Honestly, I don't have any great take away from this shirt sewing experience because this shirt style is so different.  This is not a traditional shirt pattern, as you can see.  It's a BurdaStyle pattern-- Gathered Peplum Blouse 03/2015 #109.  It's a very roomy and wide blouse with a gathered bottom.  I'm not sure I would call it a peplum but I don't really know what to call it.  I actually bought this pattern from the BurdaStyle website last year around this time of year.  I printed it, taped it together, traced it and added seam allowances and then lost all steam to actually make it.  I find pdf's to be a lot of trouble.  Anyway, after reading a couple of comments on my post about shirt making that recommended I try a shirt pattern that had a back yoke and pleat detail, I remembered this pattern all ready to go in my sewing room.

Pattern Sizing:  I cut a 40 and it is really wide.  The style is supposed to be roomy and boxy but I could have gone down to a 38 easily.  Also, the shoulders are super wide.  Maybe they are supposed to be slightly dropped.   I'm not sure.  I had a few comments on my shirt making post that have me paying attention to where the shoulder/armscye seam hits.  This shirt tells me nothing about that, though!  I left the shoulder seam as is, however.  When I make a more traditional shirt again, I will definitely look at the width of the shoulders.

Fabric Used:  Both versions are rayon challis.  For the black version,  I used two different rayons I found at Joann's.  Not sure if they were meant to go together or not, but the tan color is a perfect match between the two.   I had fun deciding which parts of the shirt would be made from which fabric. The black shirt is a definite favorite.  I love the way it turned out.  I didn't worry too much about matching those diamonds but I did try and keep them straight when I cut out the pieces.  I did an ok job.   It veers off a little in places.  The grey and white floral short sleeve shirt is a super cheap rayon challis I found at Hancock.  I'm not as in love with it as the black version.  The grey and white print combined with the style of the shirt reminds me of the Golden Girls for some reason.  Like 80's retirement home chic.  It's a little frumpy.

Alterations/ Deviations: I made changes to the sleeves on both versions.  When cutting out the black version, I turned the one piece sleeve in to a two piece because I didn't want to try my first ever tower placket in rayon challis.  I did cut long sleeves, but later decided to shorten them to 3/4 length.  I finished the hem of the sleeves with a skinny band instead of a wide cuff.  I did keep a placket opening and did a buttonhole on the cuff to close it.  On the short sleeve version, the sleeves are really the reason I don't really like it so much.  I wanted to do a sleeveless version originally.  But when I sewed it up without sleeves, I couldn't figure out how to finish the armholes.  The shoulder seams are too dropped for binding and I couldn't wrap my brain around adding a sleeve band or something similar.  I didn't think it through.  So I cut sleeves from the pattern using the last little bit of fabric I had left.  This is all the length I could do.  Meh.  I also added an inch to the length of the shirt which I think contributes to the frump factor.  And I only did four buttons instead of five ( I spaced them myself on both).  There really needs to be a button in the middle where the gathered seam sits. Oh, and I left off the pockets in both versions- front flap pockets and in-seam pockets.

Likes/Dislikes:  I really love the first version I made with the 3/4 length sleeves.  I love the print mix and the swingy, gathered bottom.  It really is the perfect blouse to wear to work.  It's easy to wear but funky and semi-professional looking.  The grey version needs longer sleeves, I think.  I am tempted to go back to Hancock and check for more of that fabric to redo the sleeves.  The short sleeves make it look dated for some reason.  If I ever make this pattern again, I will narrow the shoulder width a bit and maybe downsize the collar.  But other than that, I like it.  I am much happier with this shirt making experience than the last.  And yes, even though I'm not sure I did that back pleat correctly, I am liking the feel and fit of the back yoke versus no yoke.  I don't notice the creeping back neckline that I lamented about before but that could also be a result of using a drape-y fabric.

Conclusion:  Fun shirt pattern.  I will definitely look at shirt patterns with a back yoke from now on.  And maybe one day I'll try my hand at a tower placket.  I love the black version and it is already being worn frequently.  The grey version will get some wear as is, but I'd love to revisit those sleeves. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Burda Kimono Dress

I made this dress shortly after I finished my last shirt in the previous post.  I needed a palate cleanser and this dress pattern looked easy.  And it was! Super easy.  It's basically a sack with a drawstring.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out although I'm not 100% about the long kimono sleeves.  I might shorten them.  

Pattern Description:  Burda 6732.  A sack dress with a drawstring casing around the waist and deep patch pockets.  One version has long kimono sleeves and a v-neck and the other has a jewel neckline and sleeve bands.

Pattern Sizing:  Burda sizes 36-46.  I made a 42 but I think I'd size down to a 40 next go around.  At least on the top half. I didn't really have any fit issues because again, it's a sack.  The side seam/under arm seam could be closer to the body. 

Fabric Used:  I used a printed linen I found at Joann's.  I picked it because I thought it was the right weight for this dress- not too lightweight but not too heavy either.  And the printed pattern  on it keeps it from being see-through.  And I really love linen.

Alterations/Deviations:  None!  Absolutely none.  Didn't mess with the length.  I didn't even mess with the back neckline after all that fitting I've done on those shirts recently.  The back neckline could use some minor adjustments ( I think I'll take a small dart in the back of the neck next time before cutting out fabric) but nothing I can't live with.  The v-neck is done with a facing.  

Likes/Dislikes:  I like the v-neck.  I love where the drawstring hits. And I love the deep patch pockets even if I didn't sew them perfectly.  You can't tell in the busy print anyway.

Conclusion:  Super easy, relaxed dress with some nice design features- the drawstring, the hem and the necklines.  I made this dress as a casual dress I could wear to work when it gets warmer but I think it looks pretty dressy after all.  I would love to try it again in a fabric with more drape.  I have a rayon poplin in my stash that I have in mind.  I am not entirely sure about the length of the sleeves.  Next time, I think I'll try the version with the sleeve bands but I may still shorten the sleeves on this dress. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shirt Making. Shoulder Fitting. Blergh.

 That's how I feel about it. I'm even having a hard time writing about all of this.  Maybe I ventured in to shirt making for too long.  Although it's not the actual sewing that I'm so meh about.  It's the fit.  I did all sorts of alterations and adjustments and you can't tell.  Or I can't tell.   Or I don't know if I can tell.  Ugh.  Anyway, I didn't solve my shoulder fit issue like I thought I would. So yeah, blergh.  Time for a break from making shirts.

I started with a Simplicity pattern that I knew deep down wasn't going to be great.  But it had design features that I was digging.  It had a seam through the middle of the shirt and different options for the back so you could use two contrasting fabrics.  I'd love to tell you the pattern number but the Simplicity website is such a mess, I can't find it.  And the pattern I actually have has some weird display number on it.   The top left photo in the collage above is of two of the versions I made of this particular Simplicity pattern.  I actually made a third version that I took apart to reuse the bottom half on a subsequent version.   The bottom half of the shirt is an awesome batik that I have hoarded for a long time, which makes me sad.   The very first version I sewed up had a shoulder fit issue that I have experienced multiple times since I started sewing (and has made me abandon projects often).  So I made a proclamation that I was going to solve my fit issue for once and for all.  I took a few cell phone pics so I'll show you one horribly unflattering photo to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

I know you can't see much in this photo, but I was trying to get a photo of how the back neckline bunches up.  The shoulders don't sit right and they don't feel right.  I get wrinkles on the front in between the armsyce and neckline.  And the back neckline rides up the back of my neck.  That really is my main issue.  The back neckline is uncomfortable.  It rides up and bunches up at the base of the back of my neck.  I also get horizontal wrinkles at the back of my neck, which you can see in the photo above.  According to Fit For Real People, that means a square shoulder adjustment, right?   I find I do much better with wider necklines and also patterns with back neckline darts.  I have read up about all the things it could be but have never come to any sort of definite conclusion.  Maybe forward shoulder? I did end up doing a forward shoulder adjustment later on- see below.  High round back?  I don't have any gaping at the back of the neck or the back armscye.   I actually tend to have pulling across the back in between my shoulders and the back neckline feels snug.  So are my shoulders broad?  I don't know.  Maybe it's a combination of several things.   I really, truly don't know at this point.  I think all this fitting has made me even more confused.  I've also suspected I had some broad back issues in the past.   I have had some success with making a quick and dirty square shoulder adjustment where I just straighten out the shoulder seam.  Which is what I did on the second two versions of the Simplicity pattern I tried (among other things).   But back necklines (and sometimes front, too) never seem to sit right.

I read up on shoulder adjustments in the books Fit For Real People (Pati Palmer and Marla Alto) and another called The Perfect Fit (author listed as Creative Publishing Int'l).  I used the square shoulder adjustment seen in the collage above.  Later when I tried a forward shoulder adjustment, I used the method described in The Perfect Fit.   There was one main discrepancy between the two books regarding a forward shoulder- one said to rotate the shoulder point on the sleeve and one said not to.  So I was confused about that.  I did end up rotating the shoulder point forward.  Is there any reason I shouldn't have?

Eventually, I realized there were too many other fit issues with the Simplicity pattern (sleeve issues, no shaping, one piece collar and cuffs not even remotely the right size) to make a salvageable shirt.  So I abandoned that pattern and looked for another.  I flipped through the pattern books and ended up buying McCalls 6436.  This was a much better shirt pattern than the Simplicity one.  But I'm still not thrilled with my end result.  

My first version was the chambray colored linen version on the top right of the collage above.  I decided to sew a size up to begin with thinking I could take care of my supposed broad shoulder/broad back issues.  And I did a square shoulder adjustment but I can't remember how much.  It turned out way, way too big.   I'd say this shirt pattern has an large amount of ease (it's supposed to be relaxed, I think).   I also discovered that the sleeves were more than two inches too long.  I took the cuff off of one sleeve and attempted to shorten it before abandoning this shirt.  I could possibly work on the sleeve issues and make this a wearable shirt in the future.  It would be wearable in a big, boyfriend shirt kind of way.  I'm saving it for now but we'll see.

Next I made the white and black linen version.  I used my normal size, a 14 grading to a 16 at the hip, but also made some shoulder alterations.  I took notes on my last two versions so I could document what I did.  I did a 3/8" square shoulder adjustment on the back shoulder seam only to also account for a forward shoulder (which I have suspected I needed).  I also reduced the height of the collar and collar stand by a teeny bit and shortened the sleeves 1.5 inches.  I didn't mess with the darts or side seams at all, although I think I could have.  I do feel like the shoulder fit is better than I've ever had before, but something still feels off.    The armscye feels too low, which is crazy considering my shoulder issues.  But I will say that the forward shoulder is a move in the right direction, I believe.

The last version I sewed was the blue batik shirt.  This was supposed to be the culmination of all my fitting work where I ended up with a fantastically fitting shirt (that's how it works, right?).  I did a 3/8" forward shoulder adjustment but did it on the front and back shoulder seam.   So I essentially did a forward shoulder but skipped the square shoulder.  I also raised the armscye 3/8" and reduced the collar height a tiny bit more.  The collar is teeny tiny!  I made it too small.  And I shortened the sleeves another 1/2"- so 2" total from the original pattern (and I have long arms!).  And meh.  The fit is just meh.  I actually feel like I have that creeping back neckline more on this version than the white version.  So maybe I do really need the square shoulder adjustment followed by the forward shoulder adjustment.   The blue batik fabric I used is beautiful, but not ideal for apparel.  I think its meant for quilting.  It wrinkles like crazy.  I ironed it right before pictures and it wrinkled just from trying to tuck it in to something.  I am really pleased with the placement.  I ran the stripe vertical instead of horizontal after soliciting advice on instagram.  I tried to balance the dark and light parts of the fabric and I'm happy with how it turned out.

If you've made it this far in this blog post, congratulations!  You are a champion.  It has been hard to write so I know it's been hard to read.  Just for shits and giggles, here is a photo of me in a rtw shirt that I love and wear all the time.  I don't experience any issues with the back neckline riding up or the shoulder/armscye being uncomfortable.  Looking at the photo, though, I don't see that the shirt fits fabulously or anything. In fact, it doesn't appear to fit that well at all.  But it definitely feels better.  It does have a back yoke with a pleat, so maybe that is the difference?  The fabric also has more drape but it's nothing special.  Just some hard wearing polyester.

I've written this post over a few days and now that I've read back through it this last time, I realized I've gone down a fitting rabbit hole.  I'm probably overanalyzing.  If I end up venturing in to shirt making again, I think I'll just go for a totally new pattern.   But now it's time to sew something really fun.  On a positive note, I will say that I had the opportunity to work on my precision sewing skills with all this shirt making.  I beefed up my top stitching and collar sewing skills for sure.  And I'm sure I'll wear the white linen shirt quite a bit but I'm on the fence about the blue batik shirt.  Anyone else have shoulder fit issues? 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blast From The Past

I am pretty sure I had a corduroy jumper just like this in 1994.  Remember when overalls were popular?  I loved mine.  I had a denim pair I wore all the time and I also remember having a dress like this.  Anyway, I'm digging this jumper.  It was worn immediately after taking it off the sewing machine, which is always a good sign.

There was some really cold wind blowing when I took these photos!

I cancelled my Burda magazine subscription a couple of years ago to save some funds.  And honestly, I miss it. I think I'm going to have to resubscribe.  I know some give Burda a hard time because they have some pretty wacky designs.  But I like that.  The magazine is fun to get every month and flip through.  And even if you don't make anything right then and there, you always have those patterns to browse through in the future.  I do not, however, enjoy printing and taping together pdf's.  So it really takes something special for me to purchase a pattern on the Burdastyle website, print it, tape it together, add seam allowances, etc. So much work!  That's how badly I wanted to make an overall dress.

Pattern Description: Jumper dress with side button closure and two skirt variations.  Straps can be fastened with buttons or a variation where the straps are pulled through a grommet and tied in a knot.  I'm kind of interested in trying that.

Pattern Sizing:  Burda size 34-44.  I made a 42.  I typically make a 40. My bust measurement falls in between a 38 and 40, my waist in between a 40 and 42.  But my hips really are a 42.  So I made a straight size 42 out of laziness.  I figured I'd need the ease around my hips and I did.

Fabric Used:  I used an uncut corduroy.  It has some stretch to it and attracts every piece of lint in a ten yard radius.  I am going to buy a lint roller just for when I wear this dress.  The corduroy was easy to sew.  I did use my walking foot and a press cloth when I ironed seams.  It is a little stiff to wear, though.  It's ok for a winter jumper but I wouldn't want anything so stiff for warmer weather version.  I used some great metal buttons with anchors stamped on them for all the button closures.

Alterations/ Deviations:  I lined the yoke and skirt with a slippery poly lining.  I treated the yoke lining as an underlining and the skirt as a separate lining.  I knew I wanted to wear this with tights.  I also three inches of length- one inch to the yoke and two to the straight skirt.  So the original pattern length is short.

Likes/Dislikes:   There are some fit issues but I really like the end result.  It feels very art teacher-y for some reason.  Kind of apron-like, I guess.  The side view is not the most flattering, but eh.  I did need the size 42 around my hips but I think if I make it again I will cut down a size from the yoke up.  The front bib (?) part is too wide.  I will definitely narrow that down next time.  I think it would make the straps sit better at the back as well.  Also, you can see in the inside out shot below that the straps were a lot longer than I needed.   I overexposed the photo below so you can see the seam lines better. And yes, I pressed those wrinkles in my lining so they are there forever.

Conclusion:  I like it a lot.  I really want to make this again in a lighter weight denim for summer.  And I want to try the knotted straps through the grommets.  And probably the gathered skirt.  I could see myself wearing it over tee shirts and tank tops.  In fact, I've already ordered some denim!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Being Two (And A Half)

I decided to take Christmas card photos of Jane again this year.  Last year's are still some of my favorites.  So I set up a cute little vignette on the back porch and dressed Jane in her Christmas jumper I made last month.  And this is what I got.

Oh, two year olds (going on threenagers).  They are so wonderfully cooperative, aren't they??  I bribed with everything I had.  But no such luck.  If you could have been a fly on the wall while I was attempting my photo shoot.

Most of the photos are blurry like this.  Never stops moving.

I hope these photos make you laugh as hard as I did as I was going through them.  I took 248 photos trying to get a sweet one.  And I got one sweet one.  One.  So we put the sweet one on the front of our Christmas card this year and a bunch of the hilarious ones on the back.  She's a trip, y'all. And now a quick pattern review of the corduroy jumper I sewed (jumper in the American sense of the word!).  

Pattern Description:  A Burda envelope pattern, 9447.  Three sleeveless dresses with different trim options- bows and hem bands.  I made view C which has a really cute bubble shape with elastic in the hem and gathered patch pockets.  Jane loves the pockets, which you can't see very well in this fabric.  Every time she has worn it, she packs them full of little toys.

Pattern Sizing:  US sizes 2-7.  I made Jane a size 2 even though she is really wearing a 3T in rtw.  I think I probably could have made her a size 3 in this pattern although the shoulder fit is perfect.  It's the tiniest bit short on her but she's tall.

Fabric Used: A very lightweight printed corduroy from  The fabric is adorable and I bought one yard a few months ago with the intention of making Jane something for Christmas.  It was easy to sew.

Sweet, but still blurry!

Alterations/Deviations:  I omitted the zipper at the back and did a keyhole closure instead.  Way easier than putting in a zipper.  But her hair does get caught in the button.  Maybe I need a different button?

Likes/Dislikes:  I really love everything about it.  And Jane likes it, too, but just because of those pockets.  I spent some time sewing those pockets.  Probably more time sewing the pockets than the rest of the dress.  The elastic in the hem is what makes the dress so adorable.  She has worn it quite a few times since I made it already.  I sewed it all in one day right before her picture day at school.

Conclusion: Cute little dress for a preschooler.  I'm filing this pattern away for summer.  I can see making it again, for sure.

Merry Christmas!