The Frida Dress by Two stitches pattern
Established in 2015 by Eternal Maker owner Anna Hodgson, pattern designer/dressmaker Dhurata Davies and graphic designer, Sarah Bonnar, Two Stitches is an independent pattern design company based on the south coast of England, specialising in classic garments with a modern twist. I am just going to add that not only the Eternal Maker is an awesome fabric shop but Anna is also one of the nicest person you can meet. I do not miss a lot of things from the shows but i do miss catching up with some other exhibitors like Anna.
Back to the stunning Frida Dress. I decided to use the medium weight cotton for this project. This stunning border print is from the Wonderful Things Collection by Art Gallery. As it was a Border Print I had to adjust the cutting instructions and cut the front and back panel against the grainline.
The front of the dress is pleated and which adds interest to this simple A-Line dress.
The great news, if the idea of inserting zips gives you cold sweats, is that there is none ! It simply closes with a single button . This is actually very well thought of , kids don't like zips, they are usually itchy or irritating , long hair get stuck in and the younger kids need help to get zipped up or down. I remember being around 6 years old and getting my skin caught in the zip of my dress, this wasn't a nice experience, in fact it is so stuck in my memory that i could still tell you where it happened, the colour of the sky at that exact moment (before my eyes flooded in tears that is ) and which bird I could hear singing in the background.
I chose a sweet blue flower button that is the exact same blue than the flowers on the fabric.
Now, as you can see tI completely messed up the pattern matching at the back. Unfortunately, I read the instructions after I carefully cut and match my fabric, obviously, and realised that the seam allowance was only 5mm instead of the usual 1.5cm.... I know , I know, think twice cut once and all that.....
To summarise this pattern is exactly as described:
- definitely suitable for beginner, it does not get much simple than that.
- The instructions are clear and well written . However, i have read it again and again but cannot find anywhere where it is mentioned that you should finish off the seams with either a zig zag stitch or an overlocker. All the fabrics recommended for this pattern will fray so it is actually a very important step. I would recommend to add this step once you have cut all the pieces and before assembling.
Please do not hesitate to correct me if this is in fact mentioned somewhere :)
- This is a very good basic for any kiddy wardrobe (you can also make a swing top version of it). Sizes go from 6 months to 9 years, it is the kind of pattern that you will use over and over again.
- I love the quality of the paper. It is not at all flimsy but thick which means that it will last forever.
- You will not have to carefully fold the instructions back (or if you are like me roll them in a ball and desperately try to make it fit in the envelope along with the balls of patterns....). The pattern is presented as a little booklet and the pattern pieces fit (easily, does require a bit of folding obviously) at the end of the booklet.
Go on, have a go, you will really enjoy sewing this gorgeous little dress!
- Maud Morris