I'm happy to announce that the Little Ellie Dress pattern is available now in digital PDF format in my shops at etsy (enter code LITTLEELLIE123 at etsy checkout for a 20% discount until end of April) and craftumi:
I pared down my earliest version of this round collar sundress pattern to a simpler and more sophisticated style which would suit both toddlers and older girls. The pattern comes in 5 sizes which cover girls from 12 months to 8 years.
As you can see, the circular collar/yoke is attached to a gathered dress which is finished with a narrow contrast hem band.
The design works best when made with lighter weight fabrics (at least for the dress pieces - the collar can be made from medium weight fabric).
This version (in a Size 4-5) was made in Liberty "Mauvey" for the dress and a lovely sky blue linen for the collar and hem band (both from Tessuti). There is a bit of a "crinkle" factor with the linen obviously, but I quite like the effect....
The pattern doesn't currently include the modifications necessary to make a top but you can easily do that if you want to by shortening it and making the hem band narrower to fit the modified width at the bottom.
To show you the top (and also because I didn't have enough of the fabric to make a dress) I used this Anna Maria Horner voile in "Square Dance" to make one for Cee Cee in Size 8.
The dress simply pulls over the head and the front and back are identical, minimising pattern pieces and making it easy to cut and sew.
A lovely moment of sisterly harmony for the camera (!):
And that's about it. I hope you like this simple but very sweet and pretty addition to the pattern range. As always, I've tried to design the pattern so there is a minimum of cutting and taping required (a bit of a bugbear, I know, for a lot of people).
Also, I am only a short email away if you need any "sewing helpline" advice on making up your Little Ellie Dress.....
Note: Thank you so much to my pattern testers:
Your detailed feedback and help was truly appreciated! I'll do another post soon showing off some of the fabulous creations made by these ladies.