I am so excited to share this with you, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever. I started working on this when it was in the pre-test phase, which means that it had just been designed and maybe one version sewn up by Judy – we start by having a handful of people through the size range sew up a really basic shell of the bodice in muslin or whatever you have around. Even then – the fit was really good! I actually used the pre-test bodice pieces to create a finished dress to wear to the wedding in June (little girls flower dress post here)
We went on break just before Judy had her newest little baby boy and during her maternity leave. It was so hard not to share the pictures of my finished dress then! Well, we finally got back into it, even quicker than I thought we would, and these dresses are turning out amazing. I mean… have you seen the pictures of everyone elses? I’m trying not to make one of every style because I know I won’t actually wear them all. Like Judy’s pineapple maxi – OH GOODNESS, LOVE.
Anyway, I was able to make a Mommy and Me set for the full testing round and they adorable. I used an embroidered denim, which is a little more stable than recommended, but gives a cute fullness to the skirts. My only real issue is that the embroidered anchors ran into some seams and made it hard to get things to lay nicely – like on of the sweetheart peaks on Little Miss’s dress: there’s an anchor right at the seam where the strap attaches and it WILL NOT lay flat.
We both were assigned the plain front bodice at natural waist with regular, straight straps. The only difference is that my dress is the just above knee length and hers is the mini length. *Be aware, it’s a super short vintage length* I do really love it on her but if you want something more modest you can either lengthen the skirt or wear shorts underneath.
For my finished pretest version, I didn’t add the waistband but measured the final circumference of the bodice bottom and calculated a circle skirt from that. It ends up to be in between the mini and above knee lengths, plus I added inseam pockets and finished it with a tiny bias tape hem. It feels even more vintage-esque with the circle skirt on it! Don’t forget to check out the P4P blog post for all the other hacks they came up with during testing!
See you next time, until then – happy sewing!
Pattern : P4P So Classic Sundress (on sale until August 10th)