One of my favorite things to do is pattern test. I'm not sure if it's the camaraderie of sewing the same thing at the same time as others or that there is a hard and fast deadline so I actually allow myself to commit time to sewing and complete a project in a timely manner. Why is that always so hard to do?
If you've visited my blog ever before you know that Heidi and Finn patterns are by far my favorite ones out there. Her patters are quick and easy to follow along. Everything is neat and tidy with great pictures to illustrate steps, let's be honest I rarely read, I just follow along the pictures (except when I'm testing I read...that's part of the deal). But each pattern finishes with clean lines and looks professional even for beginner sewers.
The Dorset dress, by Heidi and Finn, is a simple, comfy and modern staple in any little girls’ closet. This jumper style dress has been updated with clean modern lines, a slim a-line fit with an above the knee hem.
I tested a size 4 for my ever growing 3 year old. I am in total denial that she is so big. I would say the fit was a little big on her, since she is three, but the perfect size for growing into. I think she would be out of it too fast had I've done the 4. The material used was a good quality quilting cotton picked up at my local Joann fabric. It was regularly $12/yd and I snatched it up with an extra 50% off clearance for a whopping $3.50/yd. Since this dress required less than a yard to make, and I used buttons from my stash, I spent less on this dress than the coffee I drank while making it! A little bit sad I know....
The only modification I made to it, and I don't even know if you'd call it that is I really loved the yellow accent with the navy plaid so I lined it with, and backed the buttons with, some yellow I had. I also lined the flutter sleeve with it for some interest. I did this by cutting double (so 4) sleeve pieces. I followed the directions and folded the piece in half and then pressed it. I then measured a 1/4 of an inch from the crease and cut all 4 sleeve pieces like this. I took the larger piece of all the sections and matched one yellow to each plaid and pinned them right sides together. I sewed a 1/4 seam down the pressed crease. I then double checked that my modifide sleeve piece was the same size as the pattern piece and continued with the pattern as written.
This pattern is available for sale in her etsy shop on sale this week for $7.95 ($6.36 USD). Scoop it up while it's on sale. Also, word on the street is she has two patterns getting ready for testing in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed I get selected again!