So I have to start this post by admitting something that may sound kind of silly: I have never made Inara a peasant dress before. I made a modified one for myself last year, but I hadn't found a pattern I loved for Inara. Then Lydia of Little Kiwi's Closet posted her teaser pics and I jumped on the chance to test.
Sizes Newborn to 12 years
4 style variations: dress with ruffle, dress with no ruffle, top with ruffle, and top with no ruffle.
7 sleeve options: flutter, short, long and various elastic options
Designed for wovens, but works nicely in knit!
The first thing I want to highlight about this pattern is the body shape. The body piece is slightly a-lined and it gives the pattern a nice flattering shape when worn.
The second thing I want to point out is that this pattern is AMAZING with border prints! I decided to go with the top with no ruffle and the short sleeves with elastic to highlight this gorgeous fall border print that has sat unused for over a year now!
Can you tell Inara loves it? She was so excited to pose in it. I was actually kind of worried that the arm elastic would bother my sensitive princess, but I think its just the right length to look cute without irritating her.... Win-win.
After whipping out the top in under an hour, I decided to make the dress version. I wanted to bring out the whimsical look of the fabric and went with the ruffled style with flutter sleeves. I think she makes a cute little fairy . :)
THEN, one of the other testers mentioned knits... And off I went back into my sewing room.
I decided to make the top version with flutter sleeves and I did a rolled hem on the ends of the sleeves and the ruffle.
The result was a super cute and comfortable knit top... And moment of silence for using up the rest of my Finn and Jake fabric *sniff sniff*
So, if you're looking for a cute and versatile peasant dress pattern - this is definitely the one to grab. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The pattern pieces are easy to assemble. I think that the wide size range and the multiple style options make this pattern a great value as well.
And after you've picked it up, come on over and join the Little Kiwi's Closet Facebook Group where you can ask any questions you have AND see lots and lots of pictures of all of the LKC patterns that people are making so you can add more of them to your library!
OH! And very importantly... It's listed at 20% off for the next few hours! Grab it here while its still on sale!