I had a chance to test for lovely Rebecca who is behind Mummykins & Me (link!)
I must say, in the beginning I was worried.. Gathers, pleats, buttonholes, bias tape etc. And then I thought – well, I must try, if I fail I’ll call it “confident beginner fail”. But I succeeded. I did so well that I am waiting for really fast times to go by so I can make one for myself too.
Pattern name: St. Tropez Swing dress and top (link!)
Designer name: Mummykins & Me (Affiliate link!)
Price: Patterns are on sale for $6.50 each (regular $8.50). Or the bundle with both ladies AND child’s versions is on sale for only $9.50
Size range: Newborn – 12years and Ladies XXS to 5XL
Print sizes: A0(copy shop file), A4 and US Letter
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Fabric: light or medium weight wovens, lightweight stretch fabric (Bias tape needs to have no stretch or hole in the back can stretch out).
I tested: Size 18-24m with lightweight cotton and viscose. I used store bought bias tape (Cutting it seemed crazy). Instructions were clear and easy to follow. I managed to use bias tape and gathering like I had always done that! Although it says difficulty level intermediate I would say it fits for a confident beginner also as she explains everything thoroughly. It went over her head smoothly, armholes are excellent size and it is exactly as beautifully flowy as one summer dress or top should be. Lenght was trimmed after I made mine so if you are making it you should expect top to be slightly shorter than ours although you can always adjust it to your liking! 🙂 Also, she teaches you to finish dress in a way it will look as beautiful inside as outside!
See what others wrote: