This week, I’ve been a busy bee with pattern testing and I’m really excited to share my first with you!
This was my first test for Sofilantjes, and I want to take a moment to say how easy Anne was to test for. This pattern was well designed and well written, and she was very responsive to any input, problems, or questions we had as testers.
But now on to the good stuff!
The Litore Tunic and Dress is a classic looking sundress from the front, with a really fun criss cross strap detail in the back. It is available as a tunic, dress, or maxi with three different hem types; a-line, high/low circle, and handkerchief. The circle and handkerchief options also include pockets, which are so necessary for little girls and their treasures. All three skirts are interchangeable with the Solis Tunic and Dress, too, providing endless summer options! The pattern contains sizes 12 months through 14 years (undeveloped, although alterations aren’t too hard if your girl is within the size ranges), is written in English and Dutch, includes instructions with both pictures and graphics (the pattern is so easy to follow), and trimless pattern pieces in A4 and letter size. It’s on sale for two days only for 5.50 Euros (the exchange rate shows it at $6.12 USD, but that will be subject to change).
I tested the dress with a handkerchief hem with this fun Minion fabric from Backstitch Fabrics. It’s a lovely, soft cotton lycra and was a dream to work with. I made a muslin with a cotton interlock, and it didn’t suit this pattern well. The fabric you choose should have really good recovery, like cotton lycra, jersey, or other fabrics with 50% stretch and good recovery.
I resoundingly endorse the recommendation to use clear elastic in the straps, and I also added a strip along the top of the back bodice to add a bit of stability to that area with the straps. I used regular elastic in my muslin, and it was a little bulky and awkward.
…and the handkerchief skirt is so twirly. She loves it!
ps…don’t make my rookie mistake and cut your pieces with the fabric’s pattern running upside down. Thanks for reading!
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