Whew! We had our annual tree trimming party on Saturday and I had so much to do for it that blogging just fell by the wayside. One of those things was getting this dress made for Katrina. Despite a fabric shortage and a run to the not-so-close fabric store for more yardage I got it done on-time and still had time to prepare some food for the guests.
The pattern is from the Autumn issue of Ottobre (style number 22). What Ottobre patterns lack in written instruction they definitely make up in drafting — wow their patterns fit together perfectly every time.
I don’t mind the succinct written instructions but I know it does bother some people. The other thing about Ottobre patterns is that the pieces do not include seam allowances. This is actually great for me because my kids tend to be in a higher size because of their height — I don’t know where they get it from, I’m 5’4″ — so I just make the size up and use the pattern pieces as is. Of course, this can backfire sometimes. Like on this dress where those flounces in the front are a little short. Amazingly they need just an extra 5/16″ in length. Anyway, hopefully no one noticed, I’m sure they were just distracted by my well executed contrast zipper.