In the fall Rachel and I were lucky to be able to test the Belinda Dress(affiliate link). Rachel was home for Thanksgiving and we were busy sewing, visiting, cooking and managing to take pictures all in the same 36 hours. See how that went here. So now that things have settled down, I decided to make up another. M loves the dress which we made up in a 2T. It is getting on the small side so up sizing it was!
The dress is sized for knits with a 25% stretch, which we used the first time. I thought I would make one that would offer and little more warmth, so decided to go with a micro fleece. Soft, stretchy and warm. Well word to the wise……..this fleece stretches more than the regular knit that we used last time. I proceeded to cut a size 3. It looked bigger than I thought it would but was confident of the sizing.
As it turns out it is rather large. We decided that this is mostly fabric related, and really, I should have known better. After going back to the left over micro fleece it probably has a stretch closer to 40%. The dress is sized quite appropriately when using the recommended knit. But the stretchier soft microfleece doesn’t create the bubble effect in the skirt making the whole thing rather large.
The dress is really cute and rather than take it apart and cut it down we decided to hang it in the closet and bring it out next fall and winter when M will be in preschool. WOW! We can’t seem to move past the zero degree mark and I am talking about NEXT winter. And Rachel’s baby going to preschool.
The lesson has been learned. Be sure that you size correctly if you are going to change your fabric choice. Generally speaking the more stretch the fabric has the smaller size you need to use. I am sure a 2T would have worked fine in this instance.
Although I was sad this was not an immediate win, it did remind me to think things through a little more and re size when needed. The Belinda dress is a Go to Pattern.(affiliate link)
Have you ever had something in your head and just thought this will be great, only to find you have made a basic miscalculation? I
Happy sewing, Donna
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