Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Butterick 3762 Review: Anna's New Dress

I am so pleased with how it turned out.
I finally finished sewing the above dress for my five year old cousin Anna a few weeks ago.  I think it might be the only thing I have sewn all summer!  According to her chest measurements she needed a size 3/4 but I made a size 5 (her current size) so that she would be able to wear it for 2 summers.  It does look large in the picture but the style of the dress is long and modest.
The three pleats on the bodice would show up much better in a solid fabric.
I used a light weight seersucker fabric called Tutti Frutti that I purchased from Hancock Fabrics.  It was easy to work with.  I thought this dress was fairly easy to sew but I do have a lot of sewing under my belt.  The cover of the pattern says easy but this pattern is not for the beginner.  It includes a zipper and pleats for view B which I made.  The pleats really were not that difficult to sew but this was my first experience with them. I ended up just measuring the pleats instead of trying to keep up with all of the markings.

Back view.  I probably should add a hook and eye to the top.

Since I am hoping the dress will fit for a few summers I did include a nice 3" hem along the bottom.  I think it would also be cute to add rickrack or lace for this dress.  I didn't really change the pattern at all but I did use my serger to finish all seams.  Overall this was a nice pattern that would work well as a fancy dress or an everyday dress.  I am sure with two young nieces and a daughter that I will be sewing this one again!

Do you have any favorite dress patterns for a toddler?  I am hoping to sew Evangeline a few dresses this fall.  She is a size 18 months in ready to wear.  Thanks! 

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