I promised my daughter I'd make her 1st day of school dress again this year. (And yes, it's been all school year since I made it, but I am only now posting it. Don't judge me. lol ) After a trip to the fabric store with Kit in tow to pick out fabric and pattern, a few hours of sewing, some frustrating adjustments, and a ridiculously pleased mommy, we arrived at this:
Kit chose the fabrics, and they're really pretty great. Guitars AND GREEN, it was perfect. In this pattern, the bodice is lined in front, but the straps and skirt are not. I lined my straps because I thought it looked a lot nicer. There is no elastic on the back of the dress in the pattern, but I just ran a piece across the back a bit to pull it in and make it fit better for longer. So I could make the size she was growing into and she'd get to wear at at the beginning and end of one school year... two summers.
The pattern is VERY simple, and includes dress-length and shirt-length shirts, plus shorts and capris. I haven't tried the pants yet, but I think they'll be fun, and I actually bought the pattern in the other, larger sizes as well, because I liked it so much. I'm basically a novice seamstress. I've been sewing a LONG time, but not a LOT of things. lol I think sat down to make my sister barbie clothes for christmas the year I was 7, but have never really done much at all. I've packed about 2 years worth of sewing into 25. Anyway, though, this pattern was totally doable for my limited skills, it finishes very nicely all on it's own, and I think it looks great.