I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging, but I’ve been quite busy in the background working on a few different things and doing some pattern testing. Today, I’m going to share with you a really great new skirt pattern for girls for which I was privileged to be part of the testing group. So here is Veronica wearing her new skirt and with her cheesiest grin:
This pattern is called Such a Sweet Pea and has just been released as a pdf pattern by Izzy & Ivy Designs. The sizes range from size 1 all the way up to size 14, so I’ll be using this one for a long time yet.
There are two versions to make, this one that I made for Veronica is View B with a solid overskirt. View A, has a bustle at the back and is super-cute, I think I need to make that one as well, but that would be more suited to Mathilda – Veronica doesn’t like clothes that are too “big”, she gets overwhelmed.
So, I made this in a size 1 with a size 3 length. The size 1 is definitely perfectly sized for her waist, and to be honest, I probably could have gone with the size 1 for length also, I was just afraid that it would have been too short, but I think it would have been okay, the proportions are quite generous.
Veronica is quite difficult to please when it comes to clothes, she has her own very definite ideas about what she likes to wear. I used fabric that I already had hoarded away and chose it to match the cardigan that is one of her favourites (the cardigan was bought from Aldi of all places!).
The top skirt is made from a pretty grey and pink floral poly-cotton blend that I previously used to make some shorts for Mathilda. For the underskirt I used some plain white cotton poplin, and a grey striped shirting for the ruffle.
I did a small turned-under hem for the overskirt, but because of the fibre blend of the floral fabric, it just won’t iron into a nice neat fold, so I will think a bit more before using this fabric again – it would have been okay with a rolled hem done on the overlocker, or with some trim (lace etc) instead.
The ruffle edge is finished with a rolled hem, and that works really well there.
The waistband is my favourite style for little girls’ skirts – an elastic one in a casing. Its easy to make, and so easy for Veronica to dress herself – and she has a lot of moments of independence when dressing, frequently I’m not allowed to help her and any attempts to do so result in overly dramatic protests (which are hilarious).
This is a really nice pattern for a twirly, ruffly skirt, and it can be made as princess-y as you like. The instructions are really clear, and easy to follow, there are lots of step-by-step pictures to help you along the way. Its also really great for mixing and matching different fabrics – and that’s always lots of fun.
I think I’ll be using this pattern for many years, the proportions of the overskirt-to-underskirt-to-ruffle just work really well and the end result is quite gratifying.
Thanks for reading!