For the honor
I unexpectedly won the Pattern Review “Sewing for Children” contest last year and felt like I had to submit an entry this year. This is what I chose to make up in a whirl and finished just in time.
If you’re a pattern review member you can vote here. Here’s my review:
The unique twirly dress is guaranteed to become a favorite!
Airy breezy dresses are very popular in the Netherlands. Girls are allowed to be girls and wear special clothes in everyday life. They look nice and casual, they can dance through the day!
Your influence the look of the dress by the choice of materials:
– poplin in “used” look will make an everyday dress
– corduroy would fall beautifully
– soft velvet paired with colorful tights fit together happily
– fine velvet would yield a unique Christmas dress
– an airy light colored cotton dress would dance around in the summer
– panne velvet wouldn’t need to be ironed
– in delicate white fabrics like silk, taffeta or batiste, the dress would be is a beautiful communion or flower girl dress
Willemientje can be sewn with or without hem ruffles, in single or double layer and the length can be modified as desired. So the pattern can be either a party dress or an everyday dress.
The dress closes with a zipper in the back.
86/92, 98/104, 110/116, 122/128, 134/140, 146/152
I made a 110/116 in length and 122/128 in width.
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?
Very much so, without the ruffles.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
If you’ve made lined dress before, you don’t really need them.
The instructions that come with the pattern are without pictures and even to me, who understand German, not so easy to understand. But there’s also the instructions with pictures online, that I found very useful for setting in the gores.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This looked so twirly, I was sure it’d be a hit with DD. And sure enough, can you tell by the following pics that she feels like a princess?
The fabric for the “overdress” is a cotton with flowers in relief.
The bodice is lined with cotton. The underskirt is a mix of silk, microfibers and lurex that I bought at Tissus Tueni (7442 Rue St-Hubert) in Montréal, a GREAT shop by the way.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Left out the ruffles. I don’t exclude adding them til December, though…
- Embellishment stitch on the bodice.
- I used a centered zipper instead of an invisible, mostly because I grabbed the wrong zipper in the notions shop and didn’t have time to go back and exchange it before the contest deadline. I decided to make the best of my mistake and used contrasting thread to sew around it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might try it in another fabric. I do recommend it.
We are invited to two weddings in the next months and considering having DD christened by the end of the year. All parties would take place under tropical climate so this is ideal. And otherwise, the pattern actually comes with a bolero that I chose not to make.
I think DD looks like a little bride in this dress. All she’d miss is something borrowed.