Polka Dot Dress by Kikoi Patterns

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First off, you’ll have to just imagine that this dress is more pink than it appears in the photos. I had a hard time photographing it true to life so just use your imagination. Its a really pretty pink almost sweater-like material that has silver threads running through it.

The pattern for this dress was one that the Kikoi shop was giving away for free in the summer. Although, I just looked at their Etsy shop and don’t actually see it available any more which is too bad because it’s a really nice pattern. The construction was simple and I found the directions very comprehensive. The original pattern finishes the bodice with bias tape but I lined it since we’re getting into winter.

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It also called for a little ruffle detail on either side of the fake placket. I wasn’t paying any attention and blew right past both the ruffle and placket so I had to go back and add it, then ended up skipping the ruffle entirely. I love how the little inverted pleats on the front and back of the skirt turned out. I drafted a sleeve pattern to fit the dress (it didn’t come with one) and mimicked the pleats on the bottom, which you can almost see in the first picture on the right.

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More pleats! This one was out of necessity rather than design choice, the dress is still a little big so I was trying to take in with as little work as possible. Lazy sewer, here! I would definitely purchase more patterns from this shop although they’re in the process of switching their name to Amelie Clothing so if you search for them and have trouble try the new name. One of my pet peeves with printable patterns is when they don’t line up just right. Admittedly I’m a little anal about putting them together but this pattern gave me no trouble.

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Dragon Vest Pattern by Puperita

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I love the look of vests so I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern for a while. I made this one out of fleece for my nephew’s birthday. The pockets aren’t in the original pattern but I had to add them because what little kid doesn’t like pockets? And I think they make they whole thing feel kind of letterman-esque. The lining really gives you the opportunity to do something fun without it being super IN YOUR FACE so I used a Cars print flannel. I’m not big on character prints but I think its a nice compromise to have it on the inside and showing when the hood is down.

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I made the small size and while the Etsy listing for the pattern lists the sizes as 3 through 10 the small size is actually a 3-4. So it might be a little big but I’d rather that than too small. I definitely plan to make this again although I’m going to try to grade the pattern down to fit my daughter. I’m really happy with the finished product but I felt like some of the instructions could have been more detailed. However, I did have to contact the seller with a question and she responded very fast and was happy to clarify for me.

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The only model I have on hand is a 12-18 month size.

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She obviously lovesĀ  it.