What I liked most about this pattern is that you can make it with a yard of fabric plus a little more for the contrasting trim. It's a pretty easy make, with the exception of the button holes. I can make them, but I prefer not too, especially on kids' clothes. I find them a little time consuming, lining them up, getting them just right, re-doing if they're a little wonky, ughh. But they look cute, don't they?
The pattern comes in sizes 3-8 and I made the size 5, but the top was still little too big. You can't tell from this photo ( because I had to tuck a bit ), but the armholes are a way too big, but I'm in no mood to unpick it to downsize it, so I think I will save it for her to grow into or maybe it will shrink when I wash it.
For now, she's loves wearing the shorts with a tankie.
I found the cotton "anchor" print at Joann's on sale for about $4 so you can say I made the entire outfit for under $5 bucks! I love these fast and cost effective outfits! If you're experienced you can make this in about 2 hours, but for beginners I'd say maybe a 4 hour project.
The shorts actually called for elastic throughout the casing, but I just ended up using elastic on the backside only & I made two pleats on the front side for a tad more tailored look.
Here's a look at the backside.
And here's a look at the front flat waistband with two small pleats you can't really see because of the print.
And here's my complete Pattern Review as posted on PatternReview.com
Child's Dress, Top, Pants, or Shorts and Hat
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I personally found them to be easy instructions but they could be challenging for beginners, especially for the top or the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't care how it ended up being a bit too big on the arm holes, and I made a size 5 which is typically what I've been sewing for my daughter in commercial patterns.
I used a cute "Anchor" cotton print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only added the elastic in the back casing and decided to make two pleats on the front and left it as a flat waistband as I prefer the shorts to look a tad more polished.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm definitely going to use the pattern to make more shorts, but I think I will skip on making the top or the dress for that matter. Although I know how to make buttonholes, I don't particularly like making them on kids clothes. I find it too tedious, so sometimes I will find an alternate closure solution and just add buttons for style only.
In conclusion, this was an ok pattern. I have several cuter ones in my stash, so I will most likely not be using this again, except for the shorts maybe. And personally, I wouldn't label this as an "easy to sew" pattern simply because of the facing and all the button holes on this. There are so many others that would be much easier for beginners.