In retrospect... that dot fabric was not a wise choice for photo taking but bear with me, because the dress is fantastic. *Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free in return for testing, but all opinions are completely my own!
Sizes 2 -14 years
Made for Woven fabrics
Two skirt options: plain or ruffled back
Two ruffled back options: 3 or 4 tiers
Three sleeve options: cap, petal or sleeveless
Optional apron that can also be made reversible
Heart cutout on back bodice
Includes two applique templates
Inara is wearing the cap sleeve, 4 tiered back, with reversible apron style. And I totally love it. The ruffles are curved flounces, so there isn't a bunch of gathering to do. In fact, the only gathering I did was on mys sleeves.
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow illustrations, and I found the techniques to result in a nice professional looking finish.
I used the Waverly prints that everyone is raving about from Walmart. I did find that they shrunk more than I expected in the wash, just so you know.
The pattern comes with instructions for buttons and a buttonhole template, a continuous bound skirt placket, and hand stitching the bodice lining to enclose the waist seam.
What I loved: I love the longer length of the skirt, as I think it lends itself nicely to being a more dressy pattern if you choose the right fabrics. I LOVE that they are flounces, not ruffles, and they make for the prettiest back detail without being over the top. The shape of the apron allows the ruffles to peak out in the back. And I like how you can change the whole look with the apron. I also love how the bodice lends it self nicely to applique, colorblocking, or embroidery.
What I'd change: I think I'd go back and under-stitch my neckline so it stays in place, but she's worn the dress twice now, and its held up well without it. And this isn't a change, but when it warms up, I am going to try doing the 4 tier pieces, but only use three of them, so I can make a shorter, sassier one for summer!
This is my first time sewing a pattern from MCM, and I've gone back and added Estherlyn's Jumper to my "buy" list, as I quite like the asymmetrical look, and I was very happy with pattern writing style of this designer.
Inara loves the dress, and I do a well. The fit is nice, the style is elegant, and the instructions are well written. I think I've found a great new designer to follow!
The pattern is available here, at the sale price of $8.00 through Monday!