As far as the fabric, a cotton stretch sateen that’s a little weightier than quilting cotton, I’m willing to give up some drape because I love this fabric with the shape of this dress. It’s not a fabric you can ruffle or pleat or gather much.
As far as the stretch recovery issue with the stripey binding, I just added some elastic thread through the neck binding as if I’d *meant* it to be a casing and for the arms I switched to a binding with more spandex content. It’s the spandex that creates “stretch recovery”. Like, you know, when you wear a cotton shirt and stretch it out and it stays all sad and stretched out, it has no stretch recovery. And when it snaps back mostly the way it was, it has some stretch recovery. At least until you pull your knees into your shirt and sit like that for an hour watching “Goonies”. Bathing suits, for example, have a loooooot of stretch recovery. Unless they’re 47 years old and the spandex (or other similar component with elastic qualities.)
As far as the dress versus the tank decision I definitely could’ve made this a bit shorter but I haven’t been moved to go back and shorten it. It’s nice that it’s long enough that I haven’t seen her expose her bum in it. At least not unintentionally. So that’s working for me. And she’ll get another year out of it.
The pattern itself is beautifully designed and easy to follow. My resistance to direction-following has nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with patterns in general. I get distracted either by other home goings-on or by my own brilliant ideas, when sometimes I really should just follow. the. damn. pattern.
I’ve heard that since the testers did their thing Sarah added an alternate assembly option that’ll look familiar-ish to anyone who has tried and loved a Kitschy Coo pattern, and has also slimmed down the binding width a bit to help bindings lay nice and flat and lovely.
Big sister has requested a tank, so hers is up next. I will follow the directions this time! Wait, I need to write that down somewhere so that I don’t forget.
Meanwhile, this monkey lives in this dress. And you can spill aaaaaanything on this crazy print and no one would know. As far as fabric origin, I got it at Paron Fabrics on this trip. The selvedge isn’t helpful, just says “Pattern 24603” and googling it didn’t get me very far. If I were you and wanted this fabric, that’d irritate me. Since I’m me and not you, all I can say is: Sorry! But you were looking for an excuse to hop on over to the Garment District anyway… right?
Visit Sarah at LouBeeClothing for the pattern– and hey! I get to give one away, too! Enter by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page (or both if you’re into that) by Monday afternoon 4/22, and be sure to leave your e-mail address if your profile doesn’t enable us to contact you. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page.