Sunday, April 10, 2016

Simplicity 1449 Review: Toddler Peasant Dress

This bunny dress came about after what was supposed to be a quick trip to the fabric store to buy materials for a baby gift.  Evangeline was with me and quickly spotted the purple bunny fabric.  Somehow that sweet fabric just grew arms and legs because it quickly found its way into my cart.  *Smile*  For the next week Eva proceeded to sweetly ask every time I sat down at the sewing machine, "Mommy.  You sew my bunny dress please?"  This sewing project quickly moved to the front of my to-do list!  Here is my review of the pattern.

First of all this was a great pattern!  I really like to sew peasant dresses and this one was a cinch.  I'm always a big fan of Simplicity patterns since they usually include great instructions.  For Miss Eva I sewed this dress in a size 1 since she currently wears 24 month clothing.  I sewed View D.

The big change that I made included sewing the bottom ruffle out of a different fabric.  I simply purchased 1/4 yard of the striped fabric while at the store.  (No cutting measurements were given if you wanted to use a different fabric for the ruffle.)  This ended up being too short to sew it in the same manner as the directions.  I just hemmed the bottom of my 1/4" yard of fabric, gathered the fabric, and sewed it along the bottom.  I think I would have liked a little more body but I was pleased with the overall affect.  I also added 1" to the length of the dress but this wasn't necessary.

Other alterations to the pattern:
I  subtracted 2.5" from the neck elastic edge for the size 1.
I serged all seams.

Next time I would like to raise the neckline of the dress about 1" if possible.  Overall this pattern was simply a delight to sew!  I wouldn't be surprised if I made this pattern two more times before the end of summer.  I think it could also be used to make a nightgown this fall.

You might also enjoy:
Simplicity 5936 Toddler Jumper Review
Butterick 4910 Toddler Nightgown (Also a Peasant Style)

Do you have a favorite toddler pattern to sew?

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