The Annalise top and vest.
It's a top or vest. This is the top version with a closed skirt/ruffle. The vest opens all the way down the front
Contrary to common styling these days, the top has a low-high hemline. That's low at the front and high at the back.
So yes, when you have a peek at the back, she is wearing shorts (they're just not super visible from front on, and she's not carrying on like a monkey).
There are some lovely details in this pattern. The pintucks are just gorgeous. This was my first time with pintucks so I was a little nervous, but the instructions walk you through the process so smoothly it was a snap.
Incidentally, I was originally going to add snaps to the front of this dress, but couldn't find the ones I liked, so went for snaps instead.*
I was a little unsure of the styling and fabric choice on this one. I didn't ask her for help choosing which fabric to use, and it's a lot more ruffly than most of her other clothes. But it's a winner! It definitely passed the hug test on first viewing**
There are options for using vintage (or not vintage) lace at the ruffle, and even neckline. I picked up a few cards of lace at the op shop the other week, so added a layer to the bottom ruffle. It's a really sweet touch.
One of the cool features of this pattern is that it is trans-seasonal. Right now it's crazy hot, so this is nice a cool to wear in summer. But in winter, you can team it with a long sleeve tee, leggings (or pants), and even a slouchy cardigan for a little extra warmth. The relaxed fit makes it great for layering.
This version is made in a poplin I had in my stash (it was going to be matching mother/daughter dresses, but has found some other uses lately), it's a pretty firm fabric, to the ruffles are quite 'sticky-outy'. I'd like to have a play with different fabrics. A nice soft rayon for summer (lots of lovely drapey ruffles), and a soft wool for winter warmth. So many possiblities.
The pattern will be on sale for release, and is available at the MODKID Etsy Store. Head over there to have a look at the pattern, and check out all the other great MODKID patterns. Use the code ANNALISE2017 for a 40% discount on anything in the Etsy Store!
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*One Thimble Issue 14 has a fantastic tutorial for covering snaps with fabric that I'm keen to try out - what a shame it came out after I sewed this one. Maybe next time.
**If she hugs something once it's finished, that's usually a good sign.