The PlayGroup Dress: A Pattern Review

 

 

Fresh Stitched Patterns Playgroup Dress
Introducing Miss Faye

So a few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kylie C. of Fresh Stitched Patterns. She’s a warm, funny, sweet Aussie momma and wife who loves sewing and creating as much as I do. She’s been sewing and drafting patterns for a while but has decided to branch out into pattern designing for the rest of us.

Playful little minx! You can just see the wheels turning in her head!
Playful little minx! You can just see the wheels turning in her head!

And I’m so glad she did.

I’ve been able to test several of her patterns, and let me tell you. She’s fantastic. I know I’ve been  very lucky lately with the designers I’ve been able to work with. The attention to detail and commitment to excellence is just… well. You get your money’s worth. That’s all I’m saying.

 

The arm scythe of this dress is very nicely done. It's loose enough for a tee or blouse to go under, but it's close enough that it maintains modesty for little girls and big girls, alike.
The arm scythe of this dress is very nicely done. It’s loose enough for a tee or blouse to go under, but it’s close enough that it maintains modesty for little girls and big girls, alike.

Kylie loves the outdoors (who wouldn’t love the outdoors when your playground is Australia? AmIRight?) and her patterns show it! They’re play date-friendly (hehe, get it? Play Group dress? Okay, well. I thought it was funny. Color me easily amused!). They’re modest for little girls (and older girls–this pattern goes up to a size 8). And they’re able to be dressed up or down, just by changing your fabric.

I’ve seen this dress in denim, and it’s superb. 🙂 I fully intend to make one for fall in a heavier weight fabric! It’s a loose enough design that it fully supports wearing a tee or lightweight sweater underneath for winter. Add tights and boots, and you’re set for a crisp fall day of apple picking, pumpkin carving, and corn maze running.

Fresh Stitched Playgroup Dress
Simple buttons in the back of the lined bodice make it easy to get on and off.

So the first dress I tested for Kylie was the Play Group Dress. I had some fabric stashed that I fell in love with years ago. One thing I’m glad I’ve always done: When I find fabric to buy, I buy yardage for two coordinates also, right then. That left me with plenty of fabric and coordinating fabric to make this sweet little dress.

The bodice insert allows you to use a focal fabric and have it really stand out as something special! The bodice is mirrored, front and back, with both sides having the focal fabric insert. There’s gentle gathering right under that insert, also. So you get a full skirt, but it’s not full at the sides. I personally love a full skirt. The fuller the better. (I also am a huge fan of glitter, but hey….) Trying to fit car seat straps around some of these skirts at the sides with the mounds and mounds of gathers?

Fresh Stitched Playgroup Dress
To everything, turn, turn, turn… or in this case… to every girl, spin, spin, spin….

Not. So. Much.

Kylie also has a pretty little band along the bottom of the skirt. Her construction for this is really well thought out. It’s applied to the skirt, rather than just attached at the bottom. This gives an extra layer to the skirt bottom, and not a lighter weight band on its own that the single layer of fabric would be. That weight? Well, it helps the skirt drape down and not fly all over the place every time a breeze blows. Also, who hates ironing hems as much as this girl? The extra layer of fabric helps the hem stay smooth also, even out of the dryer. (Now, listen. Nothing is gonna make you not have to iron if you leave your clothes in the basket for 2 weeks wadded up. Trust me. I’ve tried everything. But if you take things out and put them away in a reasonable amount of time, you probably won’t be fussing about hem line with perma-basket-creases. Just sayin’)

Fresh Stitched Playgroup Dress
A very sweet, modest, play-able dress for little girls.

After I got to make this adorable dress, I needed pictures to show you!  This sweet beauty is Miss Faye. Faye is 3 and simply stunning. But you can see that for yourself. A sincere thank you to her momma, Veronica L. for letting me photograph her!

I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing more of this little sweetheart around here! She was a joy to work with and so absolutely photogenic. Even better? She has a mini-me who is Just. As. Cute.

If you’re a seamstress yourself, you can find Kylie’s patterns over in her shop. The Playgroup Dress is available as an instant download PDF pattern in sizes 12 months through 8 little girls. Watch for more of her designs here on my blog!

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