I've been seeing so many adorable Geranium Dresses in the Geranium dress Flickr pool. So, in spite of the fact that I need another pattern like a hole in the head (as my father used to say!) I broke down and downloaded it. What I loved is the fact that it is exactly the type of dress my dress-wearing child likes - a gathered skirt, no sleeves, and pockets. How could I go wrong?
Well, really, I couldn't go wrong.....
I chose some adorable, soft, sweet fabric from Aneela Hoey's Posy line from Moda. I love the teeny bunnies!
So, here's where I went wrong - the front and back are cut from the same pattern piece - one on the fold for the front, and the back not on the fold. When cutting the piece for back, I laid my front piece on the fabric and cut around it. Well, I also sliced a hair's worth of fabric off the fold, resulting in a gaping hole down the front of the dress.....I kind of figured I could hide the mistake in the pleats and just sewed a very narrow seam down the front. Kind of ugly really....and, next mistake, I sewed the pockets too close together and am way too lazy to pick them out and re-do them.
Other than my mistakes, the pattern is wonderful! Great options for flutter sleeve, sleeveless, and a faux cap sleeve - all great options for my sleeve-hating child!
She loves the dress and won't take it off....success!!