After I made the recent somewhat disappointing dress for Eva, I got a lot of recommendations from readers for little girls dress patterns that actually fit and go together well. One of the names that came up several times was the Geranium Dress, by Made by Rae. I ordered the pdf download and printed it out to once again try to make my grand daughter a little dress.
This Geranium dress was a dream to sew together. You print the pattern out in color, and the pieces are all clearly marked and have the cutting lines for each size in different colors so you can easily keep your place as you cut. The directions were more than complete, with color photos of each step to guide you.
Aren't those instructional photos great? Nothing like the tissue patterns you buy at Joanns.
See the printed lines for each size? So clear. The pattern has multiple sizes, so if you print out the entire pattern, it has 50 some pages! You can of course, select just the right pages to print out for your size dress. There are very complete instructions as to what pages to print so you don't waste paper. Once you print out your pieces, some of them will need to be taped together to form the whole piece. This is easy too, and clearly explained.
Here is a detail of the back. I had to practice a bit with my Bernina to make buttonholes. I don't think I have made a button hole for 25 years! I didn't even know I had a buttonhole foot that had come with my machine!
This Geranium dress fits Eva perfectly. She is three and a half and I made the size 4T. It is plenty big enough and will certainly fit her through the summer. There are a few neckline options, as well as sleeve options. I chose to do the classic round neck and capped sleeves. I am totally thrilled with how it turned out, and will use my pattern again and again.