I was really excited to hear that I could review this lovely Peachy Dress and Playsuit by Felicity Sewing Patterns. I actually had fabric all picked out to make a similar jumpsuit for Miss M from the Burda magazine that I picked up on holiday so this pattern came along at the perfect time, and for that reason I also chose to make the playsuit and not the dress in this instance.
Firstly some pattern info. This pattern includes lots of different options including pillowcase top or casing with flutter sleeve, dress or playsuit, and even instructions to adjust to a standard pillowcase top/dress and separate shorts. It comes in sizes 2-14y which is great because many patterns don't cover the top end of that size range, and includes fantastic size charts. I think this is really important as my children are never a straight size in any pattern. By carefully checking all the measurements given I found I needed to cut a size 2 with size 4 length of bodice and size 3 length of pants for Miss M, and the final fit was perfect with no adjustments (big win all round).
I need to admit that when I first received this pattern I was a little intimidated by it, in that it seemed quite long and daunting but please don't be put off. I would definitely suggest reading through carefully before you start and once you have chosen which options you want to do but really once you work out which pages of the tutorial you need the instructions are very easy to follow with good clear pictures and well explained instructions.
So on to the finished article?
The fabric I used is a medium weight cotton with embroidered butterflies which I pieced up at a fabric market last year, I love the vintage feel of it. I chose to make the version with the full neck casing and flutter sleeves as Miss M finds this much easier for getting on and off herself than a pillowcase style top. There are instructions for many lovely finishing features in this pattern including adding edgings to the sleeves (these are from Mum's stash),
So what does it look like on?
Plus it's been tested for running...
finding things in the garden...
and smelling flowers.
Overall this pattern is a hit here. I can see that eventually Miss M may ditch the belt as she can't tie it herself and gets frustrated but I love the look of it.
I can see that I will be making more of these, hopefully next up will be the dress version with the neck frill, it's darling!