Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Charlie Dress

I've recently dove into the sewing world of dress-making.
I haven't braved making myself a dress yet but I'm having a lot of fun sewing up small girl's dresses for my 2 year old.

She is really into princesses, jewelry, and playing dress up so she loves when I make her a new dress!
I've actually made nearly a dozen tops and dresses for her and have yet to share them all so I thought I would start. My favorite make so far is called The Charlie Dress.
The pattern is by Violette Field Threads and is very beginner friendly. I learned so many new skills I had never known before! The pattern description is quite extensive and has a lot of pictures to help along the way.
One of the new skills I learned was how to sew buttons & make a placket!
I am fortunate my sewing machine comes with an automatic button hole foot attachment so it was a fairly simple task. The trickiest part is lining everything up and making sure everything was threaded correctly with the right tension.
I love the Charlie dress because of the cute knot tie accents in the front and on the capped sleeves.
The pattern is quite versatile so I think the next time I make one I make it into a sleeveless dress for the summer. There's an option to add capped sleeved without the ties as well. But as I mentioned before, I love the knot-ties! I can even make it into a cute top instead of a dress. How cute would that be for fall with some leggings & cardigan?? Adding that to my wishlist to make!
But I have to say, what I loved most about this pattern & company was the accurate sizing!!! 
I've tried a handful of patterns already and not all of them are accurate in their sizing. A lot of times they are way too big or a bit too small or just fits funny. This pattern and company seems to have perfected the sizing chart from what I've done so far! Can't wait to show you more soon!