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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading,