Most of the projects that I've been working on lately have been quite simple and straightforward. But this pattern intimidated me. It had nothing to do with the actual pattern and everything to do with my current sewing skill level (intermediate beginner (at best) who can barely sew a straight line). I almost gave up one night when the sewing machine was giving me tension fits and things were getting messy. But I came back to it, and it's finished.
Pattern: Charlie Tunic (with add-on) by Made By Rae*
Fabric: Ice Cream Treats Poplin by Lisette for Joann plus pink polka dot fat quarters (the color I used appears to be sold out online)
And I'm so happy with the finished dress. There's plenty of room for her to grow. Now don't get me wrong; there are plenty of mistakes - particularly on the neck facing (or is that a placket?). But I'm still quite pleased with it. I also had to topstitch the sleeve cuffs by hand because it was giving me fits to sew the small circumference on my machine. Next time, and there will be a next time, I think it will go much more smoothly and efficiently now that I understand the construction.
I see more of these in Scout's future. I think in a different fabric, this will be adorable with tights or leggings next fall. Choosing fabric is really hard for me. Going to the fabric story is a dizzying experience, and looking online at the options is even more intimidating (and possibly a slippery slope that could, if left unchecked, lead to financial ruin). I like how these fabrics ended up together, but it was really just pure luck.
*A word about the pattern. Most of the sewing I've been doing has been from patterns found on Etsy or on blogs. I know that you can find cheap patterns at craft and fabric stores published by the major companies, but I don't think you'll find any as cute or as well-written as this pattern (and many of the others I've been using).
Downloadable .pdf patterns offer advantages:
- You only have to print the pages you need, and then pattern pieces are taped together = No tracing.
- If you decide to make the pattern again in the future, you can reprint the pattern pieces in the correct size.
- Most of these patterns include step-by-step photographs or diagrams that are much easier to understand than commercial patterns in my opinion.
- Purchasing patterns from bloggers and Etsy sellers helps the online crafting community. These bloggers offer incredible content and ideas for consumption on the interwebs thereby creating a vibrant community of makers. These individuals devote significant time into designing and drafting these patterns and support their families on the revenues.
For these reasons, I really don't bat an eye at paying for the patterns I find online.