(and so does Missy M)
Following the pattern make some sash loops.
I made mine a little wider then suggested as I have other ideas......
Attach the loops as directed.
Sew the side seams matching notches and underarm seam.
Stitched and neatened.
Hem the dress as directed. I like to do a basting stitch as guide line. It is easily unpicked when completed.
Hand sew the facings.
I caught the facings to the sleeve seams as well.
Following the directions,stitch the elastic casings leaving a gap for threading through.
If you round the end of the elastic it will thread easier. A pin at the end will prevent the elastic slipping into the casing.
Sew the ends of the elastic together and stitch the gap in the casing
The sleeve casing.
Sew in your gorgeous complimentary label!
Thread your sash and there you are!
The beautiful pleats.
Without the sash.
Oh Charlotte.......You are Clever!
Size 8 on my nearly 12 year old daughter.
Gorgeous fit with growth room.
Equally beautiful sans sash.
I would wear this in a heart beat!
A beautiful pattern to sew. If you are a beginner,I would suggest trying one of the other patterns in the range first,but good solid instructions.
I made the dress more challenging by using a directional print. It would be far simpler in a plain or abstract print that didn't need matching.
The pattern was extremely satisfying to sew,I felt like I was really sewing a garment(much the same as oliver+S)not 'whipping' something up.
Do I recommend?
Absolutely,and these are the first patterns in this range. I am looking forward to our Australian summer to make the other garments and I will be watching Clever Charlotte very closely in the future.
Thanks for reading.
NB-I added 3 inches to the hem of this lovely dress,keep that in mind..... Have Fun!