Pattern Review | The Best of the Class Dress
Woo! We made it through another week! I was thinking a good way to round this week out was a pattern review. I usually get to do this over on the Pattern Revolution blog so i’m excited to be doing this one here.
This pattern is still a relatively new pattern, releasing just a few months ago. It’s the first pattern for Wei, also owner at One Red Blossom Fabrics.
The Best in the Class pattern is currently available in the One Red Blossom Craftsy Shop at the remarkable price of only $4.99! This includes sizes 2T – 12, in regular and slim versions.
One of the things I have to say that I appreciate about this pattern is the minimal amount of pages to print. I don’t mind measuring to cut rectangles but i’m not a fan of taping huge pieces together when I can just measure. I know this is a personal preference as some people don’t want to measure, or maybe still cut patterns with scissors but as someone who uses a rotary, its both a time and paper saver.
The fit of the dress was spot on. I made this for a neighbor and it could not have fit better. with the 2 rows of elastic casing across the back and the adjustable ties, it can be tailored perfectly for any child.
I also learned something new. For as long as i’ve made ties, I can admit i’ve never done them this way and I actually am so glad to have learned the method that Wei shares to get the points nice and even. I have always stitched right sides together and turned them but I think you will like the bias directions she uses.
I would say it this is an ideal pattern from beginners to more seasoned sewists who can add their own style or flair to it. The pieces all fit together nicely with no altering or changes needed.
I will make one suggestion, really more of a tip. When I added the ruffle, I used 2 strips of Wondertape, one for each side of the strap before sandwiching the ruffle piece in. This kept the ruffle from shifting while I sewed and attached the straps. Wondertape is one of my favorite helpful notions and is something I always keep handy for jobs where its a littl harder to use pins or where you need to keep something extra secure while your stitching.
Lastly, I have to give a huge shout out to a few friends that always help accessories my outfits when I need them!! Lisa from BellaLuPretties has been supplying us with bows for a few years now, they are always perfect and add just the right touch. And Julie from Chestnut Street Duds makes the most gorgeous necklaces that are amazing for kids without being too juvenile, my daughter always loves them!
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I was given the pattern free of charge to try and provide an impartial review. I was not compensated in any other way by any of the products/companies used in this review.