I keep saying how my girls don't really need any more dresses, but who am I kidding? I love making dresses. And more importantly, my daughters love wearing dresses. The more twirl the better. And this dress has got twirl!
I mean, look at that! What girl wouldn't love that? I love the casual feel of the dress, and the back looks so clean and pretty. I think it can also be dressed up, as there is an option for a maxi dress. Look at Emily's! After seeing this beautiful version by Esther, I'm really tempted to make one for myself. It's got that cool, chic Katharine Hepburn vibe. Especially if you go for a romper style without the elastic at the hems for an older girl.
The waistband falls in just the right place for my fussy daughter. She has refused to wear several tops with an elasticated waist that I've made her, so frankly speaking I was a little nervous about this dress. But nope, she LOVED it.
I made the size 4 with size 5 for length following the guidelines in the tutorial. Everything else I sewed according to the pattern. And check out the cuffs! They add a little something special, too, don't you think? The pattern also comes with long sleeves, which I think will be perfect for the colder months. We are heading into summer here, though, so I opted for the short sleeves.
And have you seen the pleats at the shoulder? Mine aren't so noticeable in that pretty Liberty floral fabric, but I think it's another great detail. Oh, and if you're wondering, I used a lovely blue (though to me it looks almost purple) rayon linen blend that I bought from Miss Matatabi nearly a year ago. I loved it so much I bought it in pink, too! It has since sold out, but I think this might be a close match.
I also love how you are instructed to add a bartack stitch at the pockets. It's all these little details about Chalk and Notch's patterns that set them apart. I cannot rave about them enough. I am already looking forward to the third one to come....
So here are the details:
Romper, Dress, or Tunic options with long-sleeve option for all views.
Sizing: 18-24months to 12 years.
Sewing level: Intermediate
Pattern details: No trim, layered pattern.
Tutorial contains illustrations and provides tips on customizing the sizing to fit your child.
US letter & A4 formatting, copyshop A0 size is available too.
You can buy your copy of the Top Knot Romper/Dress/Tunic on the Chalk and Notch website or Etsy or UpCraft Club. The pattern is on sale for USD7.50 for one week -- the last day is Sunday, May 22.
Also, for those of you who want to make your own top knot to complete the outfit, you can check out Gabriela's post here.
If you're looking for Top Knot Romper or Dress or Tunic inspiration, come join everyone in the Chalk and Notch Facebook group and share your makes, too! Happy sewing!!