You want some milk? She cracks me up!!! Anyway…
I’ve been on the lookout for a cute long sleeve dress pattern for my girls for the fall. I’ve been waiting for the Geranium expansion pack I hear Made by Rae is working on, but I need something until that’s released. When I saw Heidi and Finn was pattern testing for their new pattern, the Pumpkin Spice Tunic and Dress, I knew I had to jump in!
This pattern has a variety of options, not just the tunic or dress length, but also short sleeves, 3/4 length cuffed sleeves, and long sleeves with ruffles. The pattern also calls for lightweight fabrics, such as cotton lawns, voiles, chambrays, double gauze, you know, anything that may require a lining. The bodice and sleeves are fully lined.
The sizes are broken up into two patterns. I received the pattern in sizes 12 months to 5T to test. I first tested the size 2T in two options: the dress with short sleeves and the tunic with long sleeves.
I chose a cotton lawn I had in my stash for the short sleeve version. It’s Vintage Cherries in blue from Girl Charlee. It’s soooo thin, and it’s a very busy print, so I paired it with a pumpkin colored fabric I also had in my stash.
I decided to add piping in the same pumpkin fabric to accent the simple neckline and short sleeves. I used 1/8″ cording I had on hand to make the piping using 1 1/4″ bias strips. Since I attached piping to the short sleeves, I hand stitched the sleeve lining using a slip stitch.
I also like the hidden button placket. A cute little feature that highlights the piping as well. I only used one snap since that’s what I had on hand, but it works!
The only issue I have is the shoulders seem a bit wide on her, and the dress is really long. She is on the shorter side though, but I can easily remedy this by shortening it to the tunic length and doing a narrow shoulder adjustment.
I was excited to make the long sleeve version. I was going to use a double gauze I had been saving, but I wanted to make a wearable muslin first, just to get the fit down. I used another very thin cotton remnant for the bodice and sleeves, and leftover chambray for the skirt portion.
The sleeves and bodice are fully lined with a thin cotton liner. The ruffle sleeve portion is unlined and very long which made the sleeves way too long for her. I’m probably going to remove the ruffles and make the 3/4 length sleeve.
Although she loves playing with the longer ruffles!
Attaching the ruffle portion wasn’t difficult, as they’re attached after the sleeve seam is sewn, but next time I might just sew them on flat to make things easier for myself, then hem the bottom of the ruffle.
Several testers commented that the sleeves were tight when their daughters tried to bend their arms. Since this wasn’t an issue for everyone, the pattern now includes two more sleeve options, a slim and wide sleeve version.
I decided to test another short sleeve version in the tunic length to use up some more summer fabric. I used the wider sleeve thinking this might help with the shoulder fit. It seems to help a bit, but the shoulders are still wide.
I added very simple snaps to the back.
Here’s a side view of the tunic and her elephant.
I really like the tunic length on my little one. I love seeing those adorable, strong little legs! Plus, she loves running and climbing, so the tunic length makes that easy for her.
I really enjoyed this pattern. The pictures are so clear, I never found myself questioning what I was supposed to do for any of the steps. This is actually uncommon in indie patterns, as I often find myself trying to interpret some pattern step that is so ambiguous I just wing it, then figure out on my own what I’m actually supposed to do.
I think my favorite things about this pattern are the number of options and the blankness of its canvas. Can’t you just picture all of the variations it can be make into?
Heidi and Finn is releasing it today, and I hear it’s on sale too!