I have had a photo of this dress on my Pinterest board for ages, and every time I look at it I think “I’m going to make that one day.” Well, I finally went ahead and did it! This is a pattern created by Shannon Cook from luvinthemommyhood.com. I think I paid around $11.43 AUD for it, and it was worth every penny!
In Australia everything is measured in metres, so instead of converting yards to metres in my head I just bought it in metres – 1.5m of fabric ($16.99) and 0.5m of lining fabric ($5.99), so with the pattern it comes to $34.41, and this turned out to be enough to make 2 dresses!! (size 2T and size 3T). Just over $17 is not too bad for a beautiful toddler dress.
I have an aversion to reading instructions, so the first dress I made didn’t fit very well… Shannon’s instructions are pretty good though, so I strongly advise reading – especially the part about sewing a lined bodice. My one year old could barely pull on the size 2T. I’m thinking it could either be because I didn’t read the instructions
or because the waist does not open up – so make sure to measure your little one before sewing! (note: I made another dress in the size 2T and it fit my 16 month old perfectly)
I have a small adjustment to the pattern. I find that instead of cutting out the heart and then sewing, it makes more sense to trace the heart pattern, then sew it, then cut it out.
I am so very pleased with how the dresses turned out – particularly the second one I made after reading the instructions!! I added a tie to the dresses to hide my ugly stitching on the waist. I haven’t stitched a gathered waist in a while and it didn’t turn out very pretty. It looks nice with the tie though.
The really cool thing about downloading patterns is that you can print them out as many times as you like so you can cut out a pattern in every size if you want to, as your little girl grows up.