So, the 2 weeks before Christmas and what have I been up to? Well, since I’m ready for Christmas 🎄, save the last bit of baking and cooking, I decided to sew something for spring! After all, following Christmas comes spring, Easter, summer sewing – those are my favorite seasons to sew. I love the colors, styles and everything else about spring/summer sewing!
I browsed through my AS&E magazines and was looking for something different to make. I have so many of the magazines and thought I should start sewing some of the patterns! I chose Flight of Fancy from issue #93 (this is still available as a PDF download from the Martha Pullen company). I loved this sundress and the construction of it was very different from most dresses. I was ready for the challenge!
This looked like a perfect summer dress for Ella. The pattern came in sizes 6, 8 & 10. Because I know that the patterns in AS&E tend to run big, I chose to make the size 6 (Ella is 7-1/2). While her body measurements were smaller than the pattern measurements, her height was spot on. I figured she could wear a blouse with it in the spring and then without the blouse in the summer. Perfect older girl dress!
I chose one of my favorite European fabrics purchased years ago and paired it with some polka dots for the ruffles.
I did run into a couple of issues sewing the dress. Though the insert was cut to size, when I went to sew the dress, the insert was too long to match the back bodice. Thankfully I hadn’t smocked the first 2 and last 2 rows. So, if you are going to make this dress, be aware of the insert size and back bodice and adjust as needed. I also added width to the insert since I felt that the pleats were spread too far apart with the suggested length. Of course, that meant many more pleats to smock!
I didn’t smock the design in the magazine but rather smocked a combination of 2 of the other smocking designs in the same magazine. I felt that the fabric was too busy for the smocking design from this pattern and the other 2 worked better. I was quite pleased with the outcome.
This dress back is also very pretty and perfect for our warm summers.
When the dress was finished, I thought it looked very big for a size 6, but waited until Ella was over to try it on. Sadly, I was right – it’s huge on her! The width is roomy, but would work with a blouse underneath, but the back waist is well below her waist. That was a surprise since she is the correct height for the size 6 in the AS&E measurements. The dress also was extremely long on her – it looked nothing like the picture in the magazine and hit about 3″ above her ankles. I guess I’ll be saving that for next year!
Of course, it hadn’t occurred to me to look for errata for the pattern. Today I found that AS&E had posted corrections for the skirt tier lengths. 😳 Apparently the measurements in the magazine were for the size 8, which explains the frumpy length for the size 6. However, with the back waist being too long as well, even the length correction wouldn’t make the dress fit her correctly. At least she can grow into this one.
So, I’ve put away the pink print that was going to be for Eva’s dress – sister dresses are nice if they co-ordinate but aren’t exactly the same.
Now, what to do next? Do I dare try another AS&E pattern and hope for a better fit? Hmmmm……
This was just a sew for fun dress, so although I’m disappointed that it won’t fit this year, it’s not a disaster. Now I can choose something else to stitch and sew while listening to my favorite Christmas songs.
I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas season celebrating the birth of Christ! May the peace, joy and love of Christ be with all of you this Christmas and in the year to come!!!