I can't believe I'm blogging two days in a row! I guess it felt good to be back in touch with everyone again.
Here is an outfit I made for the ASG's Dress a Joplin Child for the First Day of School initiative. I really enjoyed making this pattern. I may even actually (gasp) write a pattern review later!
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3542
Size: L (girls' size 10) - same as McKenna - I plan to make her a few of these for Christmas and then cut it down to a M to make a few for her younger sister Mia
Mods: I eliminated the "modesty panel" triangle as it had to be attached with a snap on the inside and I thought it looked kind of goofy. She can wear a cami or T-shirt under it if it's an issue, which I'm not sure it would be at this age (at least it wasn't for me then!) I also coverstitched the bottom hem instead of doing a single stitched hem, and did a rolled hem on the sleeves. Originally I had planned to just serge finish the sleeve edges as per the pattern and then turn them under and stitch, but my machine was accidentally already set on rolled hem mode and I also liked the way it looked so decided to leave it as is. I think the black hems cohesively tie the black background of the main fabric to the contrast hot pink tie-dye fabric.
front with ties hanging
front, tied in back
flat, on the table (a little blurry)
Verdict: I really enjoyed making this pattern. It was fun and easy to follow, and I liked that as with many Kwik Sew patterns, they have a very nice way to finish the insides as well as the outsides, for example I liked the treatment of the contrast bands. I felt it made the bands solid enough to look very professionally finished. I also liked that it only took me one evening - I started it at about 5 pm on the 4th of July and finished it by about 9 pm.