Guys, I want to tell you about this pattern from Itch to Stitch (affiliate link). I am kind of in love with this Idyllwild Dress. My husband and I actually went out without the kids on Saturday and I needed something to wear. This dress was perfect.
I love a simple knit dress in the summer and I think this is going to be my go-to. I am going to make a few more of these dresses and I just might live in them all summer. I might make a couple of tee shirts from this pattern, too, while I am at it. I'm already on the lookout for fun fabric for my next dress.
Now, let me tell you about this pattern. You can buy this pattern for only $1 and all the proceeds are donated to charity. So it's a great buy. But it's also a great pattern. First, the basics: There are several options included in this pattern. Length options are provided for a top or dress, seven different sleeve options, and two neckline options - smaller neck opening or larger neck opening (basically a crew neck or scoopneck.) So there are tons of possbilities. The size ranges from XXS to XL, so it's not a huge size range, but I think the sizing was spot on.
(Edit: The pattern is no longer being offered at this promotional price, but you can still buy at regular price and it's still a great deal for such a great pattern.)
Let me tell you - I was really impressed with the quality of the pattern. First of all, it has all the things we look for in a good pattern. It includes an accurate size chart and all the necessary finished measurements, so I was able to get a really good idea of the fit before I ever printed out the pattern and I knew that it was going to be close to the fit I wanted. It also includes accurate line drawings of the finished product, a complete materials list, and fabric requirements and a cutting layout diagram for each view. You can use layers to print only the sizes you want. Every pattern piece is well labled with pattern name, pattern piece, grainline, and appropriate markings. The pattern is well drafted, with nice shaping, appropriately placed notches, and lengthen / shorten lines for both the bodice and the skirt portion. And the pattern includes instructions for stabilizing the neck and shoulder seams which I think is a nice touch (I usually do this on all my tees, even though most patterns do not include it.) Instructions also include pressing at every stage. Instructions are a bit sparse for a beginner, but construction is pretty basic, so if you have ever made a knit shirt before, you can definitely handle this one.
I made this one out of a basic striped cotton lycra jersey from Purple Seamstress. It is so soft. I made the dress length (obviously) and used the option for the smaller neck opening and short sleeves. I only made a few adjustments to the pattern to make it fit me just right. Mostly I changed the length, since I am 5'2. I took about 3 inches out of the overall length of the pattern to make the dress knee length for me. I took most of the length out of the bottom half, but looking at these pictures, I can see some wrinkling in the back. I think I need to take a little more length out of the top half. Once I had it constructed, I ended up hemming it another 2 inches because I wanted it to hit a bit above the knee. I also hemmed the short sleeves by two whole inches because I what I wanted was somewhere between the cap sleeve and the short sleeve. So next time I make this pattern, I will make those adjustments to the pattern before I cut my fabric. Once I have my pattern adjusted perfectly, I will be able to make a few more of these dresses in no time. I can't wait to share more of them with you.
You can get your copy of this dress pattern here.
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