Remember the finish-a-long from October? It is hosted on many blogs, but it was Marci who contacted me to let me know I was one of the winners! I think Trina hates me for all the things I've won (the fat quarters for the Woven Star, a jelly roll for the Jelly Dot, and more recently some Christmas layer cakes), so I decided to share my gift certificate to Imagine Gnats. She got fabric, and I got more patterns: Alder skirt for me and Ishi dress for the girls.
I had seen the Ishi dress pattern long before I bought it, and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I was happy to have the opportunity to use it to make some as Easter dresses for my girls. As I sewed though, I was happier that I didn't have to pay for the pattern because there were some tricky parts.
-The weight of fabric is important. The blue is a lighter weight, so I feel like Cupcake's dress loses a bit of the shape. And the pockets (plus lining) are heavier, so hemming that was ridiculous and didn't go well at all.
-Those princess seams are a bugger.
-Set-in sleeves are not my favorite. I did manage to do two of them without puckers though.
-Zippers. Yuck. This was my first time actually following a pattern to put zippers in an article of clothing. Add the lining in there, and it was a bit finicky. I did Cupcake's dress first, and sewed too close to the zipper so the fabric keeps getting caught. At least I learned from my mistake so Snowflake's zipper runs smooth.
I let myself get distracted by a lot of other projects in the middle of making these, but I forced myself to get them finished in time for Easter. After trying the size 10 on Cupcake I worried it looked too big (but not too long), she loved it anyway and didn't want to take it off. And I'm glad I made the size 2T for Snowflake, because it fit her perfectly. The longer they wore them, the more I liked them.
-Cupcake loves sheep, and I had just picked up some fat quarters with sheep on them. I was just barely able to eek out the pockets from that fat quarter! Yay!
-It was fun to pick out a variety of fabrics - that sunshiney yellow! - even if I would pair things up differently in the future. (I like less contrast between the side and the pocket.)
-Can we talk about those pockets? Although Cupcake said it was too hard to reach them, she certainly loved having them. Because it was EASTER! She had a place to put all her eggs and candy! I felt like such a genius when I noticed that.
So in the end, I was happy I made them, It was a pattern I had been wanting to try, and the girls got new dresses. Will I make it again? I'm not sure. There are other patterns that I would repeat first, but this one may pop up again in the future.