Yesterday one of Eli’s friends from church had a birthday. Of course I wanted to make something. I originally thought I would sew up a crayon roll or art smock. After browsing through my pattern stash I came across a darling little dress pattern Simplicity 2461. It’s a toddler dress pattern size 1/2-4. (I originally purchased it to make a dress for my cousin but then decided on the art smock.)
This pattern was fairly straight forward. I had a little trouble with the zipper and had to rip it out the first time and re-sew it. The back of the bodice didn’t line up the first time. I don’t know that this is the pattern’s fault probably just my somewhat inexperience with zippers. I still haven’t sewn that many probably only around ten or so. I do think the dress would look better with an invisible zipper but I didn’t have one of those on hand. Blue would also look better than yellow but I like to use what I have on hand. (I live far away from a fabric store and Walmart’s selection is pathetic.)
I had never sewn on hook and eyes before so I might have done that incorrectly. There were no instructions as to how to sew on the hook and eyes so my placement might be off. I’m not sure I like the idea of the hook and eye on a toddler dress since toddlers are awfully squirmy.
I used my serger to finish all of the seams which was especially important since I squeezed this entire dress onto a yard of fabric. (It called for more than a yard but that was all that I had.)
I added the rick rack along the bottom. I think it would look super cute with rick-rack on the collar as well. Piping would also look really sweet along the front bodice but I didn’t think of that until after it was sewn.
I had never sewn a Peter-Pan collar before and I don’t think mine lined up exactly. I did find it annoying that the collar is supposed to be sewn at 3/8″ instead of 5/8″ but this is not listed in the pattern only on the tissue pattern. I”m not sure if it is correct or not but I sewed steps 8-15 at 3/8″.
I didn’t take any measurements of the little girl I was making this for I just knew she was petite and wore an 18 month size. I debated for a long time trying to figure out if the 1/2 or the size 1 corresponded to that size. I ended up making a size 1. I don’t know why they don’t just tell you what ready to wear sizes they correspond to. Overall this is a sweet pattern and I love the finished product. I just hope it fits!