Hello hello everyone! Today I am happy to show off Ruby’s new Franklin Dress from the new Brooklyn Pattern Company. The owner’s name is Erin and it’s the first pattern in the shop! How exciting to be on a new adventure in pattern making!
The dress pattern comes in sizes 6 months-8 years.
I sewed up the size 12 months.
Yes, I probably (or really, definitely) should have sewn a size down, but I really didn’t want her to grow out this soon. And though large on Ruby, I am glad that she gets to wear the dress for a while. And as dresses this style go, it will be a perfect tunic length when she’s even older.
She’s squatting a little in the picture above and below—it’s really not that long, though I did hem it a good 1.5” shorter than the pattern as is. She’s teeny tiny for being 16 months old though, so I expected it would be large on her.
The pattern is drafted beautifully and professionally. It says sewing difficulty is medium. I thought at first that it was going to be easier than that, but once I got to the pleated yoke I did have to take some time to figure that out.
I actually think a beginner would be able to make this dress if there were more pictures—I tend to like a combination of both illustrated and real photos.
Just another tip--you will want to add interfacing to the buttonholes. My fabric is thin and I wish I had added it and thought to add it before getting sewing farther. I didn’t read ahead, and that was actually my problem because I didn’t think they were functioning buttons. But they are :). So I did make buttonholes and I did not interface them, and I do hope they don’t rip ;). I’m sure she will actually add this portion to the pattern, as it would be a really easy addition.
This little chica...she just started walking at a bit over 15 months old and she did not want to hold still for the pictures at all.
When I did try to get her to hold still for just a second, I was met with this look. She’s so funny. 75% of my pictures turned out blurry because she was everywhere. I’m amazed I got any that she’s holding still in, like the sitting ones below. She just didn’t sit there for longer than 2 seconds before off to the next adventure.
Overall I do recommend this pattern. It is a fun design and the pleats on the yoke are adorable. Just a lovely dress for little girls.
Pattern: Franklin Dress
Fabric: Black Swiss dot fabric from a clearance target sundress I bought to repurpose, animal floral print was a gift from Dana of MADE a couple years ago (so I’m not sure where it’s from—pretty sure it’s a home decor as it’s definitely a canvas print)
Moccasins: made by me with modified Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop 'Lil Papoose Moccasins, gold leather from Peggy Sue Also.
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