I had the pleasure of testing the Busy Lizzie dress pattern that was released this week! Melissa, the brains and creativity behind Sew Like My Mom, is a wonderful woman to work with. She truly cares about the patterns she creates and makes sure they are perfect (and that every testing issue has been addressed) before she releases anything for sale :) This is her second pattern with hopefully many more to come!
The first version I made ended up too small, but that was entirely my fault! I chose to make an 18 months (Mae just turned 2 yesterday) since so many patterns end up being too wide, but I should have chosen her usual size in ready-to-wear which is a 2. I did put it on her to take picture (I only got one!) but the shirt was a bit tight across the back and she let me know in no uncertain terms that she wanted it off because it was impeding her coloring abilities :) At least I think that was what she was saying ... almost everything that comes out of her mouth still sounds a lot like gibberish to me! But I am good at interpreting her oh-so-subtle body language like, you know, yanking on the front of the shirt while contorting her entire body and yelling rather loudly. I may not be the sharpest person out there, but sometimes I do figure things out :)
For the second version, I sized up to the 2, although I kept the 18 months sleeve length since I like the look of elbow length sleeves. I posted plenty of pictures in this post yesterday, but I'll add one here too just for size reference. You can see that there is no pulling along the top and the neck binding lays nice and flat when I actually use the correct pattern size :)
I would most definitely recommend this pattern for any sewing level. For the beginning sewer, the pattern has a dress and top option and three different sleeves lengths. For the advanced sewer, this pattern is a lovely blank slate that could easily be customized to achieve many different looks. I personally look forward to using it again since it is a really quick and easy sew with great looking results ... with customizations as usual ... I just can't seem to help myself :)
Materials for first shirt:
Fabric - Rosette by Fabric Traditions from Joann's (lovely fabric to work with!)