How sweet is the back of this dress? I am kind of in love with the little heart cut out. I just think this could not be more perfect for Valentine's Day. This is the Sweetheart Dress pattern by Shannon Cook from Luvinthemommyhood. She has several blogger's sewing up her adorable pattern for a mini-pattern tour that she is doing and she invited me to join along. So fun!
The Sweetheart Dress pattern comes in size 2T - 6. This pattern came together really quickly. It is a pdf pattern, but thankfully there are no paper pattern pieces to tape together. You get the bodice pieces and the heart and the skirt is given in measurements so you can just cut it out yourself.
I'd say this pattern is for a confident beginner. There are lots of tips and tricks throughout the pattern and many encouraging words to keep you going. Surprisingly, the bodice is constructed in very much the same way as most basic bodices even though it has the heart cut out. I actually did the armholes a little bit differently, but that's just because that is the way I'm most comfortable sewing a lined bodice. There are 2 - 3 different methods that will work great.
There are no buttonholes in this pattern either (for those of you that get nervous about buttonholes). It's just a little hand-sewn loop and button closure.
The most stunning part of this dress has to be the heart cut out in the back. So sweet! It's a little chilly here in Chicago right now, so we will probably be layering this dress for several more months, but I think this would make a such a cute Easter Dress as well. And maybe, just maybe it will be warm enough for us to wear this dress as is.
I added some cream colored piping in between the gathered skirt and the bodice. I considered adding some green gingham piping, but I decided the cream would pop a little more against this busy fabric.
Along the hem of the skirt, I added some cream picot edging that I think really works with the cream piping.
Here is my sweet Matilda Jane wearing her new dress. I made her a size 4T and she is currently wearing a size 4T in commercial clothing (just so you get an idea of the fit and length). She actually picked out this fabric herself and I just picked out the lining and trims. It was definitely a joint collaboration!
All in all this dress probably took me about two hours after cutting, so it's definitely a doable afternoon project. A great little dress for the sweet little ones in your life.
Fabric: Homespun Chic (Stitched Roses Pink) by Melody Ross for Blend Fabrics.