I sent Rusty out to Bunnings to pick me up a cheap trestle table so that i had somewhere to sew. Then i set up the overlocker and sewing machine. Off we went to Spotlight and both Chicky and Flossy picked out some cute fabrics. I just bought what i thought because i didn't have a pattern in mind just yet, but i was thinking of a pillowcase dress for Chicky similar to this one.
For Christmas Chicky received an Australian Girl Doll Emily and i knew that you could get patterns for American Girl dolls and matching dresses for their bigger friends so off i went looking. I found this pattern.
For the most part this pattern was great. I made Emily's dress first and found a couple of things to do differently, like cut the arm holes before overlocking the side seam so that you don't cut through your stitching. Can you tell i have not sewn for a while LOL, you'd think i would have automatically realised that was a problem when reading through the pattern instructions.
The only other issue is that i feel the pattern runs large. I made Chicky the 5T. Whilst she is 4 and wearing size 4 i was sewing the dress so that it would fit for next summer. It really is too big. In all honesty it is probably closer to what i would call a size 6. I tried it on Flossy and it was a little small but she is wearing 7 & 8's.
Chicky modelling her new dress.
Emily & Chicky in their matching dresses. Cute!
Flossy in Chicky's dress. If the arm holes were a little larger it would fit her pretty well.
Bottom line is - the dress is lovely. The pattern is pretty good. I will sew another of these dresses however i will be sure to adjust the size :)