I bought this pattern when Gianna was a little munchkin. The little tops I made for her have recently resurfaced for her little sister to wear. Hand-me-downs are so much more fun when they are hand-made-me-downs.
It is an easy-going pattern that plays nicely with a wide variety of fabrics, quilting cottons, corduroys for a fall jumper, shirt-weights… pretty much any woven fabric will do.
It doesn’t even have to be new material. This was one of Andy’s old work shirts.
(That shirt has gotten a lot of love.)
Just four pieces, 4 seams plus a hem, makes for super breezy sew, and no tiny little sleeves to curse at. This blue seersucker version only took me an afternoon to sew. The “trickiest” part for a beginner may be sewing the curved upper edge. Marking the seam line before sewing makes it more manageable.
The pattern comes in two lengths, a dress and a tunic. My favorite is the tunic, just the right length for my little girl just learning to walk.
McCalls 5416 -Yup. It’s that good.
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