Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pattern Review: E+M Patterns No 6 - Girl's Shirt and Dress

I haven't been working with knits very long, but the more I do, the more I like them. When the chance to test Allison's new pattern No. 6 came up, I had to do it! The illustrations looked so sweet and girly, and I will never turn down a good pattern for a summer shirt, when Natalie needs them so badly.

Of course, that's not to say this pattern can't be used in the fall and winter either. Take off the flutter sleeves (or don't) and it's a great layering top. There are a huge number of options in this pattern: shirt or dress? If a dress, will you make an A-line or banded middle? Hems - hi-low or straight across? Flutter sleeves or sleeveless? Will you gather the front of the top, or try your hand at pleats or pintucks?

I'd never done pintucks before, so I gave it a whirl. I LOVE them. So feminine, and so EASY - I don't know why I thought they were intimidating all this time, really. Even on knit. They add so much detail to a shirt for not a lot of work, just some patience.

I almost left off the flutter sleeves, too, but I'm so glad I decided to do them. They don't look good on everything, but they definitely go with this shirt. I don't know if I've seen a pattern I like them more with, and I'd like to try hacking some other sleeves on here as well!

My favorite detail on this shirt, though, is the keyhole. I don't know why, I just love keyholes. They're such a fun detail on children's clothing! Plus the binding on it is so simple, you'll want to make these all day.

Natalie grabbed the shirt as soon as I pulled it off the machine and said "Ohh, CUTE Mom!" - one of the very few times she's been that excited about something I've made. She wears the shirt all the time now, and I just love having something in her drawer that I've made as a staple! 

This is her best model pose ;)
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  1. I'm so glad she likes her new shirt!

    That model pose is awesome. :D

    1. Loves it! :) Haha, she was doing a better one but the picture came out weird. This one was the "help, I've fallen and can't get up" aftermath. Lol!