This is a brand new release from Simplicity, which I just picked up last week for $1. It's a "Hannah Montana" set of coordinates, with dress/tunic, pants, jacket, and vest. LMP (Little Miss Princess) chose the dress version. Of course, she's already submitted her request for the coordinating vest, too. Maybe next week...
The pattern includes sizes 8 - 16, but she needs about a 6, so I graded the 8 down, using the difference to the size 10, but going smaller. I'm pretty proud of myself, as it fits perfectly! I cut on the 8 lines, figuring that I'll probably be making another in the future.
I used about 1.5 yds (60" wide) of some really cute pink/grey/lavendar flannel I got from Ressy's co-op not too long ago. LMP is very happy with how cozy and warm it is, so it's a great garment with tights or leggings for this coming winter. Our 60 degree temps have disappeared, and snow is in the forecast by the end of the week!
My favorite features of this dress are the little touches that make it look so RTW. The front cutton placket and the button tabs for shortening the sleeves weren't difficult to do at all, and really make the dress more current. Although... can I tell you that I made 3 major mistakes during construction!? I accidentally caught the facing and stitched in flipped open when I did the little box at the bottom of the collar opening. Rip, rip... I stitched the side seams with the wrong sides together WITH THE SERGER. Rip, rip, rip...
That's what happens when you let your mind wander late at night, huh? A sure sign to close up shop for the night and get some zzzzz's!
We bought the coordinating belt at Meijer, and stopped at the bead store to make matching bracelets. LMP did all the stringing, and I did the knotting. Obviously, this girl (along with all little girls) loves a little bling, bling!
This dress (and pattern) is a win-win, so I'm happy. The instructions and sizing are spot on, and construction wasn't tedious (except for my mistakes). I worked on it here and there, over the course of the week, and she was happy to wear it to church this morning. I'm planning on making the vest she wants, along with a pair of leggings to put underneath. I highly recommend this pattern for any little girl in your life, whether they are a Hannah fan, or not!