Monday, February 10, 2014

Pattern Review: Anywhere Dress

Pin It On January 13th, I shared about an outfit I made my daughter that consisted of a cardigan and and leggings.  Instead of using an actual cardigan pattern, I modified a dress pattern that I knew fit her well and would have the shape I was looking for.  It also was beneficial that I had it on hand and did not need to purchase another pattern.
Pattern review of dress

The pattern I used was the Anywhere Dress available at Go-To Patterns.  I have made this dress before and blogged about it on my personal blog, Without Directions, but I thought I should do an official review here too.

Sizes available:  This dress comes sized from 12 months to 12 years and thus is quite a bargain if you are sewing for multiple girls or if you are using it over and over again while your girl grows.

Pattern review of dress
Special materials required:  There are no closures or special notions required to make the dress but it is designed for knit fabrics and you may want rib knit for cuffs.

Skill level required:  This dress is super easy.  The most novice sewer would have a great time with this pattern.

I first sewed this pattern as a tester but I have sewing it a couple times now just because it is great. 
For the dress version, I did not deviate from the pattern at all.  But for the cardigan, I cut the front piece as two pieces; I did not place it on the fold.  And then I added a facing around the edge and sewed buttons on the facing.

Pattern review of dress

Good:  It is a great basic and comes with 4 sleeve lengths and a faced neckline.  The instructions are are also very clear and there are pictures that display each step.  It is a pdf pattern, so you will need to print and tape it together.

Bad:  There really is nothing negative about this pattern but I do have to say I like a ribbed neckline better than the faced neckline.  I find it easier for construction and for getting over my children's large heads.  I also have had problems with the facing popping out while the kids are wearing the dress.

Overall pattern rating:   I give this pattern 4 of 5 bolts because it is such a great basic that anyone could whip up in an afternoon (faster if you are experienced).

1 comment:

  1. The dress looks very comfortable and easy to wear. Perfect for an active kid! I prefer ribbed necklines to facings too. Facings that peek out are a pet peeve of mine!;)


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