I have a very sweet pattern to share with you today. Introducing the Lola Dress and Tunic by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. (affiliate link*)
I should note that this pattern was sewn up during testing and this was the first version. The final version is adjusted a little bit to fit even better, but it was just about perfect from the start so this little tunic will be worn a lot! In the final version, the keyhole lays better and the front is adjusted so that it doesn't pull towards the back. But like I said, it was very minor fixes.
This is the size 18 months for my 20 month old, Mabel. She wears 18 months in RTW (ready to wear) clothing and fits in the size chart perfectly for 18 months in this pattern. Unlike my other three children, she is not tall for her age so I didn't have to do any height adjustments. It was very nice to be able to sew a pattern straight from the printer with no adjusting.
I used a stretch chiffon from Joann, but honestly I'm not sure why it was labeled that way. There really isn't any stretch. There is some give in the fabric, but no real stretch. The pattern calls for a woven fabric (no stretch required) with drape and this fits the requirement perfectly. You might have seen this fabric on my blog here and here. But now I have used up every last piece of my 2 yard cut, so this will be the last time it makes on appearance here.
The pattern includes options for either a high-low tunic or a curved hem dress. Three sleeve options include cuffed button tab, finished with bias tape, or hemmed. The sleeve is a dolman cut, which makes for a fast and easy sew, but also makes it essential that the fabric used have some drape to it.
I sewed the high low tunic with the button tab sleeves:
The neckline is finished with bias tape and I choose to use the same fabric to make my own, but you can always buy premade bias tape. I find it easy to make my own, and I like that it blends in with the rest of the fabric.
The back features a buttoned keyhole closure:
I should also note that Mabel is the absolute worst model, haha. I had some candy on me and she cooperated fine for about five minutes because of the candy. Also because she was laughing that my sister was putting her stuffed bunny on my head. I'm thankful that she at least gave me five minutes of cooperating for pictures.
Here she is laughing at the bunny on my head:
And here she is running away from me, laughing all the while because I had to chase her:
And finally here she is after just a few minutes of taking pictures, climbing into her stroller and saying "all done":
She's so funny, I think I'll keep her.
As for the pattern, I think I'll keep it too. I have so many knit patterns already, it's nice to add a simple woven pattern to my collection for a change. I am picturing some floral rayon challis dresses this summer and some plaid dresses come this fall! This would also be very cute in chambray. The key is using fabric that has good drape because of the dolman cut and the shape of the tunic/dress, and all of those fabric would be excellent choices.
The pattern is currently available to purchase here, and has an introductory sale price today only. You can view it here*.