Yesterday I finished up this comfy, cozy, burnt orange dress for lily to wear this fall.
Then it snowed.
Apparently that "a day late and a dollar short" mantra that has been following me around lately hasn't been beat quite yet. Thankfully, I can still pretend it's not 16 degrees outside since the snow melted away and denial is on my side.
So, I'm still calling this a fall knit dress.
Lily really seems to like it.
It's a pattern I've had around for quite some time. It's the Welcome to Autumn Dress from Too Sweets Patterns.
You can find it on their Etsy shop. Welp, I tried to link this baby up & it is no longer listed in their shop. But you can look at the other patterns they have to offer HERE. I've used it at least 4 times prior and with them under my belt I came at this dress ready to fix a few things I wasn't jiving with.
First, it says dress but I would consider it more of a tunic. The listing pictures are pretty dead on and show it hitting mid thigh (a bit short for my taste). I added an extra 6 inches to the bottom but looking at it now, I could have kept it at 4 inches. I hadn't decided whether I would add the elastic waist to it yet & thought if I did I'd want it extra long. In the end, I chose not to& that left it a pretty lengthy.
Second, the sleeves are too short. Even after adding an extra 1 3/4 inches to the pattern I found them to be well above her wrists. Granted, I was still using the size 4t pattern (and she's 5) but that's only about 1/4 inch difference in the pattern & that would not have done much. I will also mention lily is in the 95% for height so this could also be part of the issue. I just assumed nearly 2 inches would be plenty to fix it& it wasn't. I easily remedied it by grabbing the cuff to my recess raglan & adding that to the sleeve rather than hemming and using the shirring method the pattern called for.
|Random photo from today, two sick kids who love on each other and smile? yeah, I thought it was a keeper too!|
Even though I had to make the slight changes, I really like this pattern. The directions are clear and it comes together very quickly. Lily seemed to be happy with it as I asked her to wear it today and she didn't even huff once. She rarely lets me pick out her clothing, even if I were to pick exactly what she wanted, she'd probably still protest.
I'm off to go do some selfish sewing, whoopie!
Have a great afternoon wherever you may be.