Rebecca’s review of the Alice girls dress sewing pattern.

Rebecca’s review of the Alice girls dress sewing pattern

I really can not stop making the Alice girls dress pattern! I just love the shape, pockets and the frills! My daughter feels the same and is very happy to have another Alice in her wardrobe.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

When I saw the Dashwood Studios needle cord in Bobbins and Buttons shop, I just knew it would make a lovely spring/summer Alice. I wanted to combine both the prints Julia had in her shop. The style lines in the dress are perfect for fabric combinations in my opinion.

The fabric, Bright floral and Floral giraffe are lovely soft 21 wale needlecord.  It is 100% cotton and washes and presses well as you would expect from a cotton.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

This is my third version of the Alice children’s sewing pattern. I decided straightway I wanted a contrast floral ruffle. As I was cutting out the pattern I decided trying to pattern match the pocket side pieces to the front dress piece was too much headache.  I used the floral co-coordinating fabric for the contrast pocket side piece too, and I love it.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

For this version of the Alice girls dress sewing pattern I wanted it to be more appropriate for the summer months, so I made the sleeveless version. This is an option within the pattern. The pattern has lots of options. The dress construction is straightforward, however I decided not to add a zip as suggested when making the dress pattern, as I didn’t have a zip to hand. I used the button fastening from the top version of the Alice. To give my daughter more room to get the dress on and off I lowered the point where the back dress pieces are joined, making a longer back opening.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

My daughter can get the dress on and off fine, but next time I won’t be as lazy and will use a zip. There would be nothing worse than spending time making a lovely dress and then not being able to get it on and off!

I made a size 8 based on her measurements but lengthened it by 2.5cm, as my daughter is growing taller by the second. I also think the sleeveless version is a great option, as it can be layered for cooler weather with a top underneath.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

This Alice dress has already been worn a lot and is picked out of the basket whenever its just washed. I am so pleased with the cord; it was easy to work with and is so soft with enough body for the A line shape of the skirt. I also love the two contrast fabrics together and will definitely be doing the same again. I love how the frills pop even more in a contrast but coordinating fabric.

Alice a girls dress sewing pattern from bobbins and buttons

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca x

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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