Camilla, over at Making & Marking, had sent me a few children’s patterns to have a go at sewing up for Rosie. One of them was the Simplicity 2461 dress. The pattern comes with quite a few cute dress styles and there are layering options too. I chose to make View B and actually managed to choose some fabric from my stash that was quite similar to the main dress on the front of the pattern. I’m hoping that I can get some nice white seersucker to make the layered piece at some point too.
Construction was really quite simple. The yokes on the front and back are both gathered to match the skirt pieces, and then the sleeves are inserted into the finished dress. I made the smallest size with this one, which is labeled as a 1/2 size. The pattern recommends a 12″ zipper for the back fastening along with a hook and eye. I had to make a 10″ zipper work so it doesn’t fasten right to the top of the dress but I think it will look fine once I add the hook and eye. Even though I made the smallest size, the dress is far too long for Rosie at the moment so I’ll be saving it for the Spring when she can walk.
I liked the pattern so much that I decided to quickly make another for one our friend’s first birthday. I made the same size but used a pink gingham this time round. Again, this would look super cute with the white layering dress over the top of it! I used the correct the correct zipper size on this one. However, it didn’t leave me with enough room for a hook and eye so I left it off. I can definitely see this dress being a staple in Rosie’s wardrobe over the next few years!
Pattern: Simplicity 2461
Fabric: Cotton. I bought a big fabric box on a Facebook selling site for $20…this was in it!
Sewing Level: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours
Would I make it again?: Yes
Size made: 1/2