Look what I made! Is this not the sweetest little dress? I used Jackie Clark Designs' pattern appropriately named Sweetest Little Dress.
The fabric, Junko Matsuda Tip Top Elephant Stripe in pink, and pattern were both from Pink Chalk Fabric
. I used one stripe for the bodice and put a few of the others together for the skirt pieces.
The pattern has a hand embroidered design included, but I wanted to use this fabric which certainly doesn't need any embroidery. My original intent was to put a blue ribbon across the bottom but Melissa talked me into something red and suggested the buttons be red as well. The red was a much better choice.
This was my first time using rick rack. It was really easy to work with, and I love the additional detail.
In the pic below you can see how I cut the fabric so that a pink checked stripe would fold under for the hem.
The pattern is really simple for the most part. I did have a one problem with it. There are no markings for the buttons. You have to wing it. I was not really comfortable with that. I have never had a pattern without button and buttonhole placement before. I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. Finally, I emailed the designer who suggested folding the fabric to find the center placement for the middle button. It's fairly easy to figure out the placement across the shoulders.
I was more nervous figuring out how far IN from the edges to place the buttons and buttonholes. The designer didn't answer this part for me (although I emailed her again). I don't have baby clothes sitting around the house to use for comparisons or the little person here to serve as a dress form. I finally just guessed at it. I hope it will look as good on the wee person as it does on the hanger.
According to the designer, button placement would depend on the size and shape of the button. The pattern, however, lists quarter-inch buttons. I would have preferred having the markings for the quarter inch buttons. If someone wants to change that, they should be the ones that have to spend time figuring out how to make it happen.
Another thing is that the sizing is quite vague. The pattern is listed as being for "up to 24 lbs." Since it sure isn't for a newborn, I don't know what the starting number would be as in maybe 12 to 24 lbs. As I said, I don't have any baby clothes around to compare it with. I think it would be better for the company to determine the comparable sizing used as in 6 to 12 months or whatever along with a beginning number for the pounds.
Will I use the pattern again? Probably. It's a cute dress. I will be able to make changes in the button placement if I need to.