There are so many cute patterns in the shop that I had a hard time choosing one to review. After much hemming and hawing, I finally chose the Evelyn Dress/Swing Top.
I just love, love, love the ruffle down the middle! Now, my girl is a little older--7 going on 8, so I was thrilled to find a cute pattern that went up to her size 7! So many cute patterns stop in the toddler years.
The pattern is in PDF format, mailed right to you. It was easy to print out and put together, and the directions were very clear and easy to follow, with plenty of photos. There were even tips on making your own bias tape, which I chose to use so to unify my finished product a little more.
The best part is that this pattern is convertible- it can be a cute A-line dress or an adorable swing top. I initially cut this as a dress, but my daughter was less than thrilled. She's going through a shorts and t-shirt phase right now and wasn't excited about having another dress. So I chopped it and made it into a swing top. Here's how mine turned out:
Here's a view from the back. It has a fun keyhole back with a tie closure, which makes this a great pattern for more novice sewers like myself (no buttons or zippers!)
The only thing I had trouble with was the sleeves. Making the cuff was easy, and inserting the sleeve into the shoulder seam was no problem. But when I sewed the top together, the fit of the sleeve was just not right. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I just kind of played around with it until it looked decent. It was probably "user error" though, not the pattern.