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Confession: this is actually my first ever E&M pattern, so I’m going to be giving you my first impressions and honest opinion. The Be Curious dress for girls is a fitted, lined bodice with back closure, using either buttons or snaps, and a placket in the skirt*. There is a long sleeve and a sleeve flounce, you can use either one or both. The skirt is a vintage length, which can be extended by adding the bottom ruffle for a knee length dress.
*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. The opinions expressed within are my own and do not reflect those of the company sponsoring this post.*
I size blended like I normally have to for the girl – she fits into the size 3 height, but she’s so tiny that her chest fits into the 18-24m range and her waist is even smaller in the 12-18m. I’m very used to blending sizes at this point, but I did notice that there aren’t any instructions in the pattern, which I found unusual. For construction, I tend to skip over the instructions, but when checking I found that they were mostly the way I would do it and in the same order anyway. I do wish there was a cut list for the rectangle pieces instead of relying on pattern pieces and that the skirt was cut in 3 parts (instead you cut your back skirt in half later on). *I was a little thrown by the placket – I’ve made them before and a lot of woven garments rely on them. This isn’t a true placket, though – more of a split seam – maybe close to a zipper placket, without the zipper.
My fabric was bought from Mood in NYC during my trip last weekend, and while I love how soft and silky it is and the color… It was a tough fabric to work with. It doesn’t want to stay still and kept shifting on me, resulting in some not great stitching and puckers. Had I been taking my time, I could’ve seam ripped and had nicer seams, but knowing I needed to have this out on time and that it was for my daughter who will stain it in some way before she grows out of it…. I let it go. Sometimes it’s good to not demand perfection and be so hard on ourselves. Plus, I know it’s still better than something I could buy in some stores.
Overall, I like this dress and I want to try it out again in a different fabric. I plan to buy another pattern as well to review, so please let me know if you have any ideas on one to choose!
See you next time, until then – happy sewing!
Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, too!
- February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
- February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
- February 5th: Violets and Jewels
- February 6th: Threadistry
- February 7th: Mama Can Make it
- February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
- February 9th: Aurora Designs
- February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
- February 11th: Floral and Flannel
- February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
- February 13th: Minns Things
- February 14th: Our Play Place
- February 15th: Tenille’s Thread
- February 16th: Seams Like Style
- February 17th: Hutsepruts
- February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
- February 19th: My Sewing Roots
- February 20th: Manning the Machine
- February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
- February 22nd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
- February 23rd: Sewjourns
- February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
- February 25th: Fee Bricolo
- February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
- February 27th: Big Fly Notions
- February 28th: Sewing Blue