Ladies who have rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for their children. As our kids are growing up, they are not yet physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns. So we are in search of fun, functional, and fashionable pre-teen patterns to share with you. Our primary goal is to assist in making sewing for tweens a fun experience for the sewer and the model!
Pattern source: You may purchase this pattern any
major sewing store or buy it online.
Sizes available: This is truly a tween
pattern; it is sized from 7-14.It has significant
structure to it and is made from a woven fabric.Thus, it is important that you measure the
intended wearer so that you make the right size/alterations.
Special materials required: You will need interfacing,
a single large button, and a lot of fabric.This dress is fully lined from the cuffs to the hem so you must buy
enough fabric for all that lining.
view of the inside
Skill level required: This pattern is
labeled easy but probably is the most complicated McCalls pattern I have sewn. Though there is nothing super complicated about the construction, it has many pieces and the lining requires a
lot of hand sewing.The reward for all
this work is a dress that looks just as lovely from the inside as it does from
the outside (if your hand stitching is better than mine).I do not recommend this dress for someone
just learning to sew.But if you are
ready to take things to the next level, it is worth the work.
How I came to choose the pattern: I bought the pattern from Joann for Abi’s 2013/14
school wardrobe.I figured it would be a
nice dress that can also be played in.I
expect I will make the top length view too.
Did you deviate from the pattern?If yes, how? No.Well at least not purposely.After the entire thing was done, I was cleaning up my sewing area.And there was a pattern piece neatly cut out
but still pinned to the tissue.What????
Well, the collar is supposed to have a band between it and the dress neckline.But, mine does not because I was not going to
take the whole thing a part just for a collar band.
Overall pattern rating:This is a bolt pattern. It is a
pretty dress with classic lines and could work for many occasions depending on
your fabric choices.
***UPDATE*** Since this dress is a true wrap style, I recommend that you reinforce the tie seams so as they are tightened, they do not rip.